Meet the team
David Jones, BSc (Hons), Pg Cert, MSST, MCSP has over 20 years' experience of working in professional football. Since 2004, David has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (School of Health Sciences) and a Rehabilitation Consultant (UK).
He currently combines lecturing with rehabilitation and sports injury practice. David has extensive experience in the management of sports injuries that affect athletes at all levels. He is well known for his specialist knowledge regarding the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of knee injuries and groin pain.
Dr Alastair Dickson
Is a GP and Health Economist. As a Health Economist Alastair specialised in health policy before training in medicine. Working as a GP he continues to be involved in health policy. He has an interest in musculoskeletal medicine and especially in gout. He is a Trustee of both the PCR and UK Gout societies. He currently works as a GP Locum in the NHS and the MoD. From April ‘17 to March ‘18 he was a GP Clinical Champion for NHS England in South Yorkshire advising on moves to an Accountable Care System and implementation of the GP Forward View.
Dr Allan Johnston
Dr Allan Johnston, MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU) is a Consultant NHS Psychiatrist specialising in General Adult Psychiatry at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Since 2013 he has chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and has led a range of innovations in the region including the development of our local strategy, previous DHCFT Suicide Prevention conferences and World Suicide Prevention Day initiatives.
With a strong passion for all sport, Allan is a Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Athletes and their communities. The Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012. He now works with athletes across a range of sports, dance and performance disciplines.
Since leaving the Bradford Bulls, as Medical Director and Sports Psychiatrist Allan has developed ThisIsMy - a Sports Medicine clinic in Leeds which is an independent private medical provider that works with all levels of conditions and injuries in Athletes. In addition he has recently been selected for a role with The UK Anti-Doping authority.
He is a co-founder of, and was recently elected to the position of Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group or SEPSIG - the Royal Colleges fastest growing SIG.
Allan is a qualified teacher-trainer and is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry.
Dr Arthur Mone
Dr Campbell Murdoch
Campbell is a NHS GP with a passion for optimising individual and population health and wellbeing. Campbell’s interests are diverse and all relate to how we create the best health, wellbeing, development and human performance for ourselves and others.
Education and interests include Sports and Exercise Medicine, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Teaching. He is the Person-Centred Care lead for the Somerset CCG, a Physical Activity Clinical Champion for PHE, a clinical advisor to the RCGP, a member of the national executive of NHS Alliance, and a managing partner of The Human Five Ltd
Dr Fiona Watt
Fiona is a University Research Lecturer at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, NDORMS at the University of Oxford and honorary consultant rheumatologist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford since 2013. She leads the Clinical Translation theme within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Osteoarthritis (OA) Pathogenesis, and is an investigator in the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. She has a PhD in cartilage biochemistry from Imperial College London, and completed specialist training in rheumatology in West London. She won the British Society for Rheumatology's Michael Mason Prize in 2016 for work on biomarkers of joint injury.
Dr Guy Scadding
Guy Scadding is a Consultant Allergist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, London. His clinical interests include rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, anaphylaxis, food and drug allergy. He completed a PhD in 2016 on nasal allergen provocation, local biomarkers in nasal fluid and the effects of allergen immunotherapy.
Dr Hamish Reid
Dr Hamish Reid is a Locum Consultant in SEM and leads the clinical delivery of a national feasibility pilot for a consultant led physical activity service in secondary care at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Hamish is also the Moving Medicine design and development lead for the FSEM, a collaborative national project to develop a set of resources to support brief conversations in physical activity across a broad range of diseases. Both roles are funded by Sport England and The National Lottery and have been commissioned by Public Health England.
He also works in the NHS MSK service, the EIS and other sport roles. He undertook an academic training programme in Oxford and has a particular interest in maximising the contribution of the healthcare sector to the global physical activity agenda.
Dr Jim Ellis
Dr. Ellis has extensive experience in emergency action planning including NFL, NASCAR, World Cup Soccer and Olympic Games. He lectures frequently on emergency care of the athlete. During the Atlanta Olympics, he was Medical Director of the Olympic Stadium and was a consultant to the Sochi Olympic Bid and Russia World Cup Bid. Dr. Ellis has coordinated team medical care for the NFL at the Super Bowl for 26 years and served 13 seasons as associate team physician for the Atlanta Falcons. He has been a member of the NFL Physicians Society and Co-Chairs the Spine Injury in Sports Group.
Dr Jim Kerss
Jim is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, having completed the SEM training in the North West in August 2016. He works as the 1st team & U23s Doctor at Everton F.C., is the Team Doctor for Toronto Wolfpack Rugby League club and also works at the English Institute of Sport in Manchester, where he is the Chief Medical Officer for England Netball. He also works in an NHS Musculoskeletal clinic at Southport & Ormskirk NHS trust.
Dr Kay Brennan
BASEM Executive Board Member
Dr Kay Brennan BA Hons MBChB DFFP MRCGP MSpMed FFSEM (UK)
Kay has been a Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant since 2016 and a GP since 2007. She currently works in a Military Regional Rehabilitation Unit assessing and treating MSK injuries, as a military GP and for Public Health England as a Clinical Champion in Physical activity.
She is committed to the delivery of physical activity teaching to all healthcare professionals and hopes to increase awareness within the SEM community of the importance of promoting population level lifestyle changes to improve health and wellbeing.
Dr Mike Horsfield
Dr Michael Horsfield FRCP Edin is a GP at Pendle Medical Partnership and a GPwSI for East Lancashire.
Michael is a GP in East Lancashire and have an interest in MSK medicine, rheumatology and chronic pain. He enjoys teaching and work at the University of Bradford on the MSK/Rheumatology Diploma course.
In his spare time, he is a triathlon coach and landscape photographer.
Dr Natasha Jones
Dr Natasha Jones, MB., BS (lond), MRCGP, FFSEM, PG Cert Musc USS is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Oxford. She leads the Sport and Exercise medicine services and complex MSK clinics. Since 2016, she has been Vice-President of FSEM and has led the public health England/Sport England funded Moving Medicine project, nationally. She is also Senior Lead Consultant for the Active Hospital Pilot, which is taking place at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust.
Natasha is an Honorary Lecturer at NDORMS, Oxford University, where she lectures on the musculoskeletal sciences MSc and pursues her interest in Exercise Rehabilitation for people with long term conditions as well as other musculoskeletal research projects. She is also an Educational Supervisor for the Oxford Deanery.
Dr Peter Foley
Dr Peter Foley is a Bristol based GP who is passionate about the optimisation of metabolic health through a healthy lifestyle. Having completed his medical degree in the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Peter completed his GP training in the Severn Deanery, when he also undertook his postgraduate studies in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath.
Peter’s original MSc research is investigating the role in which nutritional advice [in particular a ‘low carb’ approach] can play in the management of pre-diabetes in Primary Care. Peter is also a Medical Officer with diabetes.co.uk
Dr Ralph Smith
MB BS MSc MFSEM MRCGP Dip(MskUS)
Dr Ralph Smith has recently completed his specialist training in Sport and Exercise Medicine and is working at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. He works in both musculoskeletal and exercise medicine within the NHS. He has published and been extensively involved a number of physical activity projects including the formation of the UKs Chief Medical officers’ infographic entitled 'Physical Activity for Pregnant Women', Inflammatory Rheumatic Disease lead for the Moving Medicine web-based tool and is the maternity lead for a PHE commissioned secondary care physical activity feasibility pilot project.
Dr Rebecca Robinson
Dr Rebecca Robinson is a Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Currently employed in an innovative post, delivering clinical research within Oncology, supported by Weston Park Cancer Charity. In addition, as part of the FSEM Moving Medicine Cancer Team, Rebecca’s role with sport has led to developing special interest and research group in Female Athlete Health, as well as working in NHS MSK clinic, with EIS and GB Boxing in Sheffield.
Her key interests within SEM is developing exercise medicine to improve the health of patients with chronic disease and especially in cancer. In 2015, Rebecca took part in the BASEM Travelling Fellowship during my SpR training, which led directly to an application for a role with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals following CCT in 2016.
Dr Rob Fearn
Dr Robert Fearn is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, as well as the Clinical Lead for gastrointestinal physiology and clinical nutrition at Homerton Hospital.
A Leeds University graduate, Dr Fearn undertook subspecialty training in nutrition and Intestinal failure in London and Cambridge. He completed an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath and works with a number of professional sports, with a specific focus in sports nutrition and managing gastrointestinal complaints in athletes.
Dr Fearn is involved in supervising ongoing research with the elite performance nutrition group at Liverpool John Moore’s University to further elucidate the role of the gut in athletic performance.
Dr Rod Jaques
Dr Roderick Jaques. FFSEM(UK), FRCP is a Consultant in Sports Medicine at the EIS and Nuffield Health and has been involved in Sports Medicine since 1990. He was FSEM (UK) President (2012-15) and is the Director of Medical Services at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), which services Summer and Winter Great Britain Olympic lottery-funded athletes with both sports science and medicine since 2004. He is based in the EIS South West Region at Bath University. Dr Jaques has both clinical and management responsibilities with the EIS and he is involved with the training of doctors in SEM.
Dr Jaques qualified in medicine from the University of London, receiving his MRCGP in 1989. He went on to complete the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine, qualifying with a distinction and the David Ritchie prize in 1990. He has attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team in a clinical capacity. From 1989-2004, Dr Jaques was the Medical Advisor to the British Triathlon Association. Since that time, he has also held roles with England Netball, GB Modern Pentathlon, GB Bobsleigh, Gloucestershire County Cricket and Gloucester Rugby.
He was appointed to the British Olympic Medical Centre, London in 1998 and was there for three years, after which he joined the EIS in 2003. At the Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital, Dr Jaques works in private practice with a multidisciplinary team.
In his role as President of the FSEM(UK) he cemented close links with, and the joint annual conference with, BASEM the speciality Association. He worked closely with Health Education England to protect training places in SEM in England and justify and expand SEM posts in the NHS.
Recently he has been closely involved in establishing Professional Codes for doctors and Scientists working in sport in the EIS and nationally and working with colleagues abroad on an International SEM curriculum. He has driven several aspects of good Governance in sport medicine both within UK Sport and with senior SEM doctors nationally. In 2017 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London. 1n 2017 he was awarded the Sir Robert Atkins award for services to sports medicine in the UK.
Dr Simon Kemp
Dr Simon Kemp is a Specialist Sports Medicine Doctor and the Chief Medical Officer for the Rugby Football Union, the National Governing Body for the game in England. He was the England team doctor during the Rugby World Cup campaigns in 2003 and 2007 and was the Tournament Medical Director for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He has been involved in rugby research and formulating rugby medicine and concussion policy since 2001. He is a member of World Rugby’s Medicine, Science and Research and Concussion working groups and the Football Association Independent Head Injury and Concussion Expert Panel.
Ian Pyper has worked within Elite sport for over 12 years, and with triathlon for the past nine years in both part-time and laterally full-time positions. Currently, he is Head of Physical Preparation leading on Strength and Conditioning nationally, from Podium to Talent level and alongside this supporting the practitioners in the Nutrition and Physiology disciplines.
Outside of BTF work, he is a tutor for the UKSCA and a Consultant to several performance athletes and teams.
Michael is a Sports Therapist (SST) with 17 years’ experience in interdisciplinary teams (football and swimming). Michael manages a clinical practice (STaRInjuries, est. 2001) and provides consultancy to the entertainment industry (SportsMedicineOnScreen). As a senior lecturer and Principal Fellow (HEA), he delivers primarily on exercise rehabilitation, and cultural-competency and inclusivity in sports and healthcare education. After designing and leading the BSc Sports Therapy at the University of East London, he is currently engaged in doctoral studies. Michael is a passionate advocate for movement in reconditioning and reducing injury risk, and when not in clinic or teaching, is a father and recreational athlete (squash/running).
Mr Diarmaid Ferguson
Diarmaid Ferguson is the Clinical Lead of North of England Regional Low Back pain programme and the National Back Pain pathway clinical network representative. Originally from Ireland, he studied Physiology and Biochemistry at Cardiff University and Physiotherapy at Leeds. Experienced in Sports medicine, Primary and Secondary care orthopaedics as an ESP and Emergency Care Practitioner. Diarmaid currently works in North East as MSK Physiotherapy Practitioner and Non-medical Prescriber.
He has presented both regionally and internationally including using a bio psychosocial approach to helping people with MSK pain. He has taught a post graduate diploma in MSK Healthcare and delivered a Pain master class programme. A Non-medical member of the PCR committee recently awarded the John Dickson medal in 2017.
Mr Mike Carmont
Mike Carmont is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Within Orthopaedic surgery his sub-speciality interest is sports injuries of the foot and ankle. He has recently completed a PhD titled: Achilles tendon rupture: The evaluation and outcome of percutaneous and minimally-invasive repair at Gothenburg University. He is also Vice Chairman of the FSEM Appraisal and Revalidation Committee and in addition is an instructor of pitchside resuscitation.
Mr Oli Williamson
Oli Williamson is a chartered Physiotherapist employed by the English Institute of Sport (British Triathlon Federation). Oli has also been working for British Triathlon for 5 years supporting the Olympic funded athletes alongside his colleagues within the BTF SSSM team.
Clinically, Oli has a keen interest in lower limb tendinopathy and bone stress injuries; as well as optimisation of running mechanics and performance within endurance sport.
Mr Roger Hackney
Mr Sanjeev Anand
Mr Sanjeev Anand is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He specialises in knee surgery and sports injuries of the knee joint, and has an extensive practice in complex knee injuries.
Sanjeev has been involved in developing national guidelines for arthroscopic knee surgery and the management of ACL injuries. A trainer for arthroscopic knee surgery and organises cadaveric surgical courses on advanced knee reconstructive techniques. He has published extensively on knee pathologies and is an Editor for Journal of Arthroscopy and Joint surgery
Mr Tom Williams
Tom Williams is the Chief Operating Officer of Parkrun Global, a UK-based charity enabling communities around the world to deliver free, weekly, timed, 5k and 2k events, where people can walk, run, or volunteer.
In 2007, when working as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Leeds, Tom helped start Woodhouse Moor parkrun, at that time the 4th parkrun event and the 1st outside London. In 2011, he left the University to work full-time for Parkrun and now leads on all aspects of operations, across 1,600 weekly events in 20 countries, engaging over one-million participants per month.
Ms Emma Deakin
After completing her undergraduate degree at Nottingham university Emma moved to Germany to work for the British Army. On her return Emma studied for her masters in sports physiotherapy and manual therapy through Sheffield Hallam University and completed her placement to be registered with the MACP.
She joined the EIS from the Northern Ballet Theatre in 2007 and took up a role with multisport and British Swimming. Emma supported the British swimming team during the 2008 Beijing games and led the open water team of 3 athletes, who all medalled at the games.
Emma moved to head physiotherapist at British Triathlon in 2009 and was part of the support team which helped the athletes to achieve the sports first Olympic medal success in London 2012.
As well as contracting for the RFU as part of their ICIS medical trauma faculty, Emma is currently Head Physio and Medical Lead for British Triathlon, and EIS Technical Lead physio for the Yorkshire region
Nigel Mitchell is English Institute of Sport Technical Lead, Head of Nutrition EF Education First Pro cycling team, as well and Senior Community Dietitian and Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. Nigel Mitchel has worked in clinical nutrition and elite sport for over 25 years, closely associated with cycling with extensive experience of other sports and performance environments. This includes heading up nutrition for a premiership soccer team, providing strategic and athlete support for the Royal Yacht Association and supporting the design and implementation of corporate leadership programs.
In 2012 he provided nutritional support for the historical Bradley Wiggins Tour de France win and for British Cycling at the 2012 London Olympiad. His work involves leading and providing specialist nutritional services to top athletes and sportspeople. Since 1999, he has worked full time in performance nutrition, looking at performance of athletes as well performance in the workplace. Nigel has written many articles focusing on nutrition and sport and has combined all his years of cycling nutrition experience to publish the book “Fueling the Cycling Revolution”
Professor Neil Walsh
Professor Neil Walsh FACSM @ProfNeilWalsh
Neil’s team at Bangor University has produced leading research on: nutritional strategies to avoid immune suppression and infection; practical strategies to acclimate to the heat; and, tools for non-invasive biomonitoring of athletes and soldiers. His team’s work has influenced UK military policy by showing the benefits of preventing nutritional deficits in soldiers for both immune health and physical performance. Neil has published widely in international journals, co-authored a textbook in Exercise Immunology and co-authored numerous consensus statements. He serves on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise Immunology Review.
Professor Nigel Arden
Professor in Rheumatic Diseases and Consultant Rheumatologist
Deputy Director of Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis
University of Oxford and University of Southampton
Honorary Professor with the Sydney Medical School - November 2017 – November 2018
Nigel Arden trained at St Thomas's Hospital, London. His research started in the aetiology of diseases, particularly genetics, but has now moved into the field of treatments and prevention of disease at a population based level. He works with a number of European and International Bodies who produce guidelines for management, but also looking at implementation policies. The award of the Arthritis Research UK Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Centre has dramatically increased the PPI component of his research agenda as he is now researching the effects of sport and exercise in new groups including adolescents, recreational and professional sports-players, both current and retired.
Professor Phil Conaghan
Philip Conaghan MBBS PhD FRACP FRCP is Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine & Director of the Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Leeds. He is a Rheumatologist, Deputy Director of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, co-lead of the international outcomes group OMERACT and a member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & OA. His research spans early translational studies through large late-phase clinical trials, with major interests in understanding OA pathogenesis and therapies, especially with imaging. He Chaired NICE OA guidance in 2008 and 2014, and has authored over 500 publications as original research, reviews and book chapters.