Peter's current post is Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham.
Following an initial career in mechanical engineering and bioengineering research, Peter qualified in medicine in 1978. From 1986 to 2009 he was Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant at the University Hospital, Birmingham. From 2000-2003 he was president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and from 2002-2004 was Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
Over the years, Peter has contributed to a number of committees and working parties for the Department of Health and the NHS and served on several public bodies. He has acted as an external consultant in clinical governance for NHS organisations and as an assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service. Peter has been a member of the General Medical Council, and is currently the Independent Consultant Member of the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Appeal Board and an Honorary Ambassador for the new National Voices initiative. Until recently, he chaired a Non-Departmental Public Body advising on the ethical aspects of forensic DNA and in 2007 he was appointed as a member of the Bar Standards Board.
Peter is a founder director of the FH Partnership Ltd, an organisation established to promote quality and improve cost effectiveness in healthcare.