Tim trained at Leeds University Medical School before moving to Birmingham for SHO & registrar posts and Cardiff / Newport for Senior Registrar posts in Chemical Pathology before finally taking up a consultant post at Burton in 1993. Over the years, he has published on a wide range of topics. There are a number of broad themes including:
• Antenatal Screening for Down’s syndrome. A large body of work including early publications on statistics of Down syndrome screening, ethics of Down’s syndrome screening and laboratory medicine aspects of screening)
• Variant Haemoglobins: identification of the 4th reported case of Hb Le Lamentin, the 3rd case of Hb Wayne, and the 1st case of Hb Burton-on-Trent
• Preventative cardiology: Many publications on lipid and hypertension treatment and work on identification of patients at risk of cardiac disease
• Lysosomal storage disorders: Current research is looking at the opportunities for screening for rare disease by identifying patients who have particular patterns of results in samples that have been sent for routine analysis. Conditions being examined include Gaucher’s disease, Fabry disease and Pompe disease.
In addition to research, Tim has been a member of National laboratory quality control committees, an advisor for the British Standards Institute and UKAS (UK Accreditation Service) on laboratory quality standards, and President of the Association of Clinical Pathologists.