Mark qualified in medicine with MB, BS from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1988. He subsequently trained in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He started his first consultant post at Withington Hospital in Manchester in 1999, developing an interest in older people who fall. In 2004 he was the first medical leader for the then Medical Assessment Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital. Mark has a particular interest in medical education. In 2004 he completed a Masters (with distinction) in Medical and Dental Education (MEd) from the University of Sheffield.
He has taught University of Manchester medical students since 1999, although he has a particular interest in interprofessional education and developing teams to deliver the best possible care for patients, irrespective of how people gained their primary qualification. In 2007 he set-up the first training programme in Greater Manchester for doctors training in the then new specialty of Acute Medicine, a post he held until 2012. Since 2010 Mark has been a Council member of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), including two years as President from 2015 to 2017.
Mark has helped numerous medical students, trainee doctors and colleagues from every professional group in the Acute Medicine multiprofessional team to present posters or oral presentations at conferences. Mark was a member of groups that wrote national encephalitis guideline and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) neutropenic sepsis guideline.
He was a lead author for the first three national reports of SAM’s national benchmarking audit, SAMBA, 2016 to 2019. Mark has helped organise SAM’s international conferences, including the 2016 joint conference with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has been an invited speaker at regional, national and international meetings. Mark was awarded the honour of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2004 and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2015. He currently works as a consultant physician in Acute Medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, and since January 2017, as a visiting professor in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Bolton.