My Background and Qualifications
Training and NHS practice
I qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1979. I then trained in general medicine in the main hospitals in Tayside and in digestive diseases (gastroenterology) at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. I considered becoming a specialist in gastroenterology but decided to try general practice first. In 1984 I therefore came to St Andrews as a GP trainee with what is now known as Pipeland Practice. I enjoyed it tremendously and joined the practice as a partner in 1986. I stayed until early 2000, when I left to become Medical Director of NetDoctor.co.uk Ltd.
In the 1990s a lot of the popular medical information on the web was of American origin and of variable quality. NetDoktor (with a
k) had started in Denmark in 1999 as a web site written by Danish medical specialists for the Danish public. It rapidly became very popular and expanded into several other country-specific sites across Europe.
The first English language version, NetDoctor.co.uk, was planned to start in 2000. I got the job of medical director and set about assembling a network of UK medical specialists to write material for a UK audience. As NetDoctor was based in London and Copenhagen I had to give up being a full time Fife GP. 17 years later, NetDoctor.co.uk is still popular, with over 7 million visitors per month in the UK alone. There are sister NetDoctor sites in Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Spain.
After the main work in NetDoctor was complete I continued to provide input on a part-time basis until fully returning to clinical practice in 2003.
I opened my private practice, Croftwell Consulting, in 2003. The idea was not mine – it was suggested to me by a patient that I had seen while helping out in an NHS practice elsewhere in Fife. It became apparent that what patients wanted most was time, and I knew well from my 15 years in NHS practice how difficult that was to give to them. It is a luxury that I can provide in private practice.
My academic and medical qualifications
|BSc (Medical Sciences)||University of Edinburgh||1976|
|MB ChB (Medical Degree)||University of Edinburgh||1979|
|MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians)||1983|
|MRCGP (Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners)||1985|
|FRCP Edin (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)||1999|
General Medical Council
My GMC Registration Number is 2341419.
You can check my registration – and that of any registered UK doctor – on the GMC website.