I trained at Guy’s Hospital medical school, qualifying in 1982. This followed a BSc in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. I trained as a GP and was a principal in Hackney, east London for 21 years until I moved to Bristol in 2007. I held the chair of primary care research and development at Barts and the London (QMUL) until 2008 and am now a professor of primary care in the Bristol Medical School and a GP in north Bristol. I have chaired 4 NICE clinical guidelines (Lipid management in type II diabetes, Falls in older people, Secondary prevention of MI, Domestic violence and abuse) and the WHO intimate partner violence guideline development group.My research started with an MD on the health and health care of Traveller Gypsies. This was followed by studies on the development and implementation of clinical guidelines, the management of chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions in primary care and the health impact of domestic violence. My current research programmes focuses mostly on the health care responses to domestic violence. My main methodological expertise is in randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. I collaborate with epidemiologists and social scientists on cohort and qualitative studies respectively.