Lives in Abergele
Enjoys cycling, running and climbing
Where are you originally from?
My childhood years were spent in a rural community near the town of Denbigh, in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd. Having spent nine fantastic years training and working in Cardiff, I chose to return to what I saw as an outdoor adventure playground in North Wales.
Where do you live now?
I live with my wife, Ali who works as a Health Visitor, and our teenage boys, Tomos and Elis, in the small coastal market town of Abergele. I’ve found it to be ideally placed for exploring North Wales and for days out in cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. I’ve also managed to retain a great view of my beloved Vale of Clwyd and the Clwydian Hills from my office at home.
What attracted you to the area?
I wanted to raise my family and work as a GP in an area free from the noise and congestion of urban life, whilst also having opportunities for outdoor adventure on my doorstep. I never doubted where that should be. North Wales is simply a stunning place to live and I have realised my dream. Don’t just take my word for it, but have a look at Lonely Planet’s annual ‘Best in Travel’ list 2017 that places the area fourth in a list of worldwide regions to visit. Being keen on cycling, running and mountaineering, my decision was a straightforward one. I also have really fond childhood memories of our local GPs and their work; this is something that I wanted to be involved in.
What do you and your family enjoy doing in your free time in North Wales?
I spend my spare time outdoors, cycling, running, climbing, or watching my boys doing the same. Ali and I are lucky enough to be able to walk our dog, Pero, daily in the tranquil Coed Gopa (‘Gopa Woods’), which is right on our doorstep. Our dog has his own Twitter hashtag (#Perotrainer), just in case you wanted to follow his adventures. Tomos and Elis, being sports fanatics, take full advantage of the Tristars Conwy and Colwyn Bay Athletics clubs, based at the excellent sporting and entertainment complex at Parc Eirias, as well as being members of karate and cricket clubs in Abergele. Have a look at my Twitter posts on the #TrainWorkLive, #Abergele and #MedicsNorthWales hashtags to see what we get up to!
What do you like best about working for the Health Board here in North Wales?
Ultimately, let’s just say that it still feels as if practicing as a GP here in North Wales remains true to the philosophy and ethos of the NHS, something that is dear to me and those that I work with.
What does a typical work day involve?
In the last couple of weeks I’ve attended the Primary Care Diabetes Society annual conference and cascaded my learning at the practice, carried out a GP trainee’s final review of training, met with my next GP trainee to discuss his placement, provided e-portfolio feedback to three GP trainees, met with health board representatives to discuss a potential expansion of our patient list, attended a protected time practice educational meeting and an evening practice meeting. The cherry on the cake though is that I’ve seen a wide variety of patient presentations, some of which are in people I have grown to know very well during my 18 years at the practice. Life as a GP is stimulating and incredibly varied.
What development and support have you received?
I’ve been extremely lucky with respect to the career support and development structure around me. This began as a GP trainee, through guidance and encouragement provided my GP trainers. Once settled at the practice, this nurturing and empowerment continued through guidance and unofficial mentoring by experienced partners, leading to my development as a family doctor and a GP educationalist. There has always been a robust network of support available to me from places like the Dyffryn Clwyd VTS Workshops and Wales Deanery. My development and contribution to General Practice and GP education were formally recognised in 2013 by means of RCGP Fellowship and a Wales Deanery BEST Award, but without question, the support that I value the most is that from my patients, my colleagues at the surgery and my family. It’s always a team effort.
What are the top 3 things that make your job so special?
The fantastic teamwork and support, the location and being as true as possible to the philosophy and ethos of the NHS.