Rugby League

Qualifications: MB ChB (Hons)- University of Liverpool, GMC- 7668502, ALS Instructor, PHTLS, APLS, IMMOFP, Difficult Airway Course: EMS

Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)- Practitioner Level

British Medical Association

Medical Defence Union

Medical roles away from Sport: Critical Care Clinical Fellow- Royal London Hospital, Medical Officer- 256 City of London Field Hospital, Event Doctor Event Safety Group

Club(s)/Teams: Barrow Raiders (Matchday Doctor), St Helens (Cover Matchday Doctor), Women’s Super League (Matchday Doctor), London Scottish Rugby Union (Matchday Doctor)

How did you get involved?

Rugby League has always been a huge part of my life - indeed, my first outing as a baby was to a Rugby League match! I’ve played the game, spectated, held season tickets and volunteered with both semi-professional and amateur clubs. 

My clinical interests involve pre-hospital medicine and trauma and through medical school, I’d worked as part of medical teams covering extreme and outdoor events across the country. The chance to combine my love of the game of rugby league and my clinical interests came from my local team Barrow Raiders - working on matchdays as a team doctor. 

I completed the IMMOFP course and quickly gained experience with a range of teams throughout the professional game including the Super League. I’ve since got involved with medical care in Rugby Union also and am currently completing a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine. 

Highlight of being involved in Rugby League? 

Working as part of the medical team for my boyhood club St Helens during their record ‘threepeat’ season. 

How does your work in Rugby League help with your career? 

Working on a Rugby pitch can be daunting. The skills that I’ve developed during my time in the game has however made me a more dynamic clinician, prepared to work with uncertainty in a range of environments where resources are limited. Additionally, I get to witness the extraordinary leadership and teamwork within elite sport which has enabled me to reflect upon and refine my own practice.

What would be your advice to anyone looking to get involved in Rugby League or sports medicine? 

Do it! It’s a great privilege to look after elite sports people. Within the RFL, you’re well supported by an internal medical infrastructure and a rigorous set of medical standards.

If unsure or daunted by the prospect, approach a medic involved. We’re a friendly bunch who’ll be happy to have a chat with and give opportunities to shadow.