MB, BSc, MD, FRCPsych
I graduated from University College London and then trained as a psychiatrist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. I specialise in the management of psychological distress among those affected by cancer. The focus of my clinical work is depression, anxiety, sexual & body image problems, relationship and communication difficulties, organic brain syndromes and acute behavioural disturbance in those affected by cancer. I offer integrated packages of psychological care, including focussed brief cancer-specific psychological therapy; and psychotropic medication when appropriate.
I led a Cancer Research UK programme looking at the psychological and social aspects of cancer from 1997-2010. I am recognised throughout the world for my research on psychological distress in those affected by cancer, the mental health of cancer doctors and raising awareness and promoting early symptomatic presentation of cancer. I am an author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and was a Principal Investigator or Co-applicant on a number of major international and national collaborative research programmes with a grant income of over £12 million.
I led the development of national policy on improving the cancer patient experience, as the Department of Health national clinical lead for supportive cancer care between 2001 and 2013. I was a lead author of the NICE Guidance on Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer 2004. I also led the development of the most recent written information about the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes based on offering choice.