I have been fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the development of neurological rehabilitation across the world at a time of initiation and growth of the specialty. I have lectured widely on many aspects of neurological rehabilitation and given over 200 plenary and guest lectures at international conferences.
In 1996 I organised the first World Congress in Neurological Rehabilitation, held in Newcastle. Following the success of this congress, the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) was formed and I was Founder President until 2008. The success of the WFNR has stimulated the development of over 40 national societies in neurological rehabilitation across the world and 34 Special Interest Groups. We hold an international conference every two years - the next in Lyons in 2020.
I was elected to the membership of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2000, a body of the 50 most senior rehabilitation doctors in Europe.
In 1989 I formed Action for Disability, a registered charity that initially raised money for local disability initiatives in the North East but in later years focussed on education and training in rehabilitation centres in developing countries. Action for Disability was responsible for teaching courses in Bosnia, Latvia and Moldova and supported some excellent community rehabilitation projects in Tanzania, India and Pakistan. It continues to support projects in India, Chernobyl and Tanzania and has raised over £1m in funding.