Phil qualified as a GP in 1991.
Between 1993 and 1996, he was a Lecturer in General Practice at the University of Birmingham and received the Owen Wade Award for Teacher of the Year, as voted by the students.
Between 1996 and 1999, he was a Lecturer in Medical Communication at the University of Bristol and his work was highly commended by the General Medical Council and Quality Assessment Authority. As a doctor, Phil worked as a GP for 10 years before switching to Sexual Health Medicine for two years between 2000 and 2002. He has recently returned to General Practice, living and practicing near Bristol.
Phil has vast experience as a writer, presenter, broadcaster and speaker. As a journalist, he broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal, gave evidence to the Public Inquiry and was made a Vice President of the Patients’ Association. He presented six series of “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” on BBC2 and wrote a best selling book of he same name. He recently toured the UK with a one man show, “89 Minutes to save the NHS”, described by Time Out as Time Out as “Tremendous; sceptical, irreverent and very funny”. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent and has been a panellist on “Have I Got News for You” five times. In 2005, he presented “Body Wars” (Discovery Channel), “NHS Day” (BBC1), “A History of Anaesthetics” and “Doctor, Doctor” (both Channel 5).