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I am Dr Michael Gross, a Consultant Neurologist, who is at present in full-time clinical private practice and who also undertakes medico-legal reporting.
I continue to receive some 20-30 new patient clinical referrals each week. This fulfils Lord Woolff’s concepts that only busy practicing clinicians should be involved in providing expert opinion with regard to the clinical condition of injured people and even more so when advising about matters of poor care and medical negligence.
In 1998 and 1999, I was short-listed as the United Kingdom “Hospital Doctor of the Year”. Although I did not win in either year, I believe the short-listing reflected the hard work of myself and my team who were also short-listed as Neurology Team of the Year in those years.
I had been Chairman of the Division of Neurological Science at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford between 1990 and 2001. I was also the visiting Consultant Neurologist at the East Surrey Group of Hospitals. Unusually for British neurological practice, my colleague and I admitted all patients presenting with acute neurological problems to a busy District General Hospital under our care. Although very hard work, this did mean that I was able to maintain over many years a degree of skill and experience in handling acute neurological problems including all brain injury. We were also a tertiary referral centre for neurological problems.
Since leaving the NHS, I now visit the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow and Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley. I have two full-time offices and employ up to six team members who provide all the administrative and secretarial support that is required in order to facilitate the smooth running of a busy clinical and medico-legal practice.
I have sat on the Medical Advisory Committee at Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley for a number of years and am the Chairman of the Neurosciences User Groups of both hospitals.
I carry full accreditation in both neurology and neurophysiology which is very unusual in Britain. I am the Clinical Director of neurophysiology services at both private hospitals. We also have a neuro-otology, that is a vestibular or balance, service in both hospitals. We have a full complement of neurophysiology technologists and visiting Consultant Neurophysiologists.
My main admitting hospital is the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow which has 140 beds. It has a full-time Casualty Department (the first in the UK in a private hospital). There is a large Medical Unit with a team of on-call Physicians and Surgeons and I provide the on-call neurological service. This maintains my skills in acute neurology.
In line with current GMC requirements, I undergo an annual appraisal and have done so over the last six years. I belong to a Peer Supervision Group of Neuroscientists who are currently undertaking a research project on how symptoms are validated which is soon to be published. I maintain full CPD and CME attending conferences and undertaking on-line educational projects as well as lecturing frequently to General Practitioner, specialist medical and legal groups. My full CV can be viewed on this and my clinical website.
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