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Respiratory Medicine

Updated 18 February 2021

Dr Gerrard Phillips

MA (Oxon) 1975
MB BS (Lon) 1978
DM (Soton) 1991
FRCP 1996

Executive Medical Director, Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians UK; oversee JRCPTB (training in all 32 Physician Specialties), MRCP(UK) (Three parts of the MRCP diploma and 11 Specialty Certificate Exams), CPD for the three Physician Colleges, International

Regional Specialty Advisor, Respiratory Medicine, Wessex

Vice President Education & Training, Clinical Lead Education Department, Royal College of Physicians London, 2014-2017
Medical Director CPD, RCPL, 2014-2017
SAC Chair Respiratory Medicine, 2004-2012
TPD, STC chair, RSA, Respiratory Medicine, Wessex, 2004-2012
Chair Education and Training Committee, British Thoracic Society, 2001-2004

Other details
Research Fellow MRC Immunopharmacology Group Southampton – DM on the subject of asthma; more than 16 refereed first author papers on Resp Med plus numerous 2nd author papers, reviews and book chapters
Trained in Resp Med for 5 years at The Royal Brompton and St George's Hospitals London
Chair BTS working party on Medical Thoracoscopy
Member BTS Pleural Disease Guidelines Group
UK representative on "HERMES" – European Respiratory Society Taskforce drafting a syllabus and curriculum for training in Respiratory Medicine across Europe 
Chair Dorset Lung Cancer Network Site Specific Group)
Chair Dorset Thoracic Group 
Previously Chairman West Dorset Hospitals Local Research Ethics Committee
Previously RCP College Tutor in Medicine, West Dorset Hospitals NHS Trust
Examiner for membership examination Royal College of Physicians (UK) (current)
External assessor NHS complaints procedure

Special interests
Interstitial Lung Disease
Lung Cancer
Pleural Disease

New treatments introduced
Interventional bronchoscopy techniques
Medical thoracoscopy

Weymouth Monday am
DCH Tues am
DCH Thurs pm

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Dr Will McConnell

MA, Cambridge 1991
BM BCh, Oxford, 1991
DM, Southampton, 2001
FRCP, London, 2006

Brought up in Liverpool. Undertook preclinical training in Cambridge and clinical in Oxford. House officer posts in Northampton and Oxford in the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Medical SHO rotation at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. Respiratory Registrar rotation in Wessex at Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton. Undertook two and a half years of research in University Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, investigating airway remodelling in asthma.
Since 2001, I have been a Respiratory and general physician in Dorset County Hospital. I have been active in trying to improve respiratory services in the hospital and in the community, particularly with regard to COPD services in the community, but also with regard to asthma, sleep services and TB. I have developed a pulmonary physiologist-delivered interstitial lung disease clinic. I also lead on the management of pulmonary emboli and DVTs within the hospital.
I am also heavily involved in the organisation and delivery of junior doctor training in the hospital, since I have been the medical College Tutor and the Foundation Programme Director and the Director of Medical Education. I am a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and have an interest in the development of professionalism in junior doctors.
I was the Divisional Director for the Urgent and Integrated Division until 2018.  I am now leading on the development of Integrated respiratory working in West Dorset.

Special interests
COPD and community services
Sleep disordered breathing
Pulmonary vascular disease

New treatments introduced
Development of the Dorset Adult Integrated Respiratory Service, with the CCG, and Poole and Bournemouth Hospitals
Development Pulmonary Rehabilitation services in West Dorset
Clinical Physiologist-delivered interstitial lung disease clinic​

Alternate Monday afternoons – Weymouth Community Hospital
Alternate Tuesday afternoons – Bridport Community Hospital
Thursday afternoons – Dorset County Hospital

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Dr Marianne Docherty

BM (Hons) 1997 Southampton
BSc 1996
MRCP 2000

Alternate weeks Monday AM, Weymouth Community Hospital
Weekly Friday AM, Dorset County Hospital

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Dr Jennifer Graves

MBChB Bristol 2000
FRCP London 2004
PGCME Bristol 2011

After training at Bristol University I undertook my house job at Exeter and Derriford before undertaking a medical SHO rotation at Exeter. I was an SHO in Poole and an ITU SHO at Portsmouth. I undertook my specialist respiratory training in the Wessex and South West Deaneries.

I worked at Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury as a consultant for five years before relocating to Dorchester and Dorset County Hospital.

Special interests
Lung cancer
Pleural disease

New treatments introduced
I am the Lung Cancer Lead and have set up our pleural service. I have introduced EBUS (endobronchial Ultra Sound) to DCH so that our patients no longer need to travel to Poole Hospital for this test.

I am passionate about improving the care of our patients with lung cancer and streamlining the patient pathway.

Wednesday mornings, Pleural Clinic, DCH
Thursday afternoons, DCH
Friday afternoons, DCH

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Other key members of the respiratory team

Senior Chief Clinical Physiologist - Keith Butterfield 
Chief Clinical Physiologist - Chris Jones 
Clinical Physiologist - Rob Holwill
Lead DAIRS COPD Nurse - Sue Reed
DAIRS COPD Nurses - Angie Downton, Kaz O'Gorman
Respiratory Nurse Practitioner - Natalie Harper
Respiratory Nurse Practitioner - Nick Nadaf
Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists - Alex Hillcox-Smith​, Anita Burnham and Erica Mason
Respiratory Physiotherapist - Claire Peak
Medical Secretaries - Frances Swatridge, Sam Wade
Administrators/Typists - Carol Pavey, Sally Daisley, Teri Addison