Specialising in forensic medicine, event medicine and crowd medicine for Queen's Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs, and Earls Court.
What factors influenced your decision to choose this branch of medicine?
I like variety.
How many hours do you work in a typical week? How intensive is your work schedule?
A&E: 20 hours - very intensive shift based work with very stressful four hour targets. Forensic/event medicine: 20 hours - again very intensive shift based work. The fear of medical negligence is much higher. Home matches for QPR and Charlton, and show concerts at Earls Court, as required.
Is there scope for flexibility, for example part-time work?
Very much so.
What are the highlights and advantages of working in this specialty?
Variety, experience of the other side (criminal justice) and seeing how the police work.
What are the challenges and disadvantages?
Driving in rush hour traffic.
What are the routine aspects of your role?
The drug addicts lying to me again about their last fix, seeing GP patients and driving to and back from football matches.
The more unusual experiences to date?
Dealing with an alleged murderer and attending forensic conferences learning about bomb squads and forensic pathology.
Please describe your duties in a typical day.
A&E involves seeing patients and supervising junior doctors and forensic medicine involves seeing detainees.
What are the necessary personality characteristics for this career?
Being an extrovert, having a strong personality and patience.
What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing this branch of medicine?
Arm yourself with the appropriate courses.
How competitive is this specialty?
Becoming a crowd doctor can be quite competitive and forensic medicine can all depend on who you know.