Vale Healthcare Consultant becomes the first Cardiff based Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine

Vale Healthcare are pleased to announce that Dr Geoff Davies has recently gained specialist recognition in Sports & Exercise Medicine (SEM).

This lengthy process, which involves the submission of at least 1000 pages of evidence which covers the whole SEM curriculum, was set up to ensure highest standards of sports doctors working in the UK and to lay down foundations for specialist training in the area.

This future training aspect of SEM is important to Dr Davies as he currently spends much time teaching prospective SEM Doctors and as a College SEM examiner in Edinburgh as well as examining for the MSc SEM course in Bath University and UWIC.

Dr Davies left General Practice in Barry (having worked there as a full time GP principal for 15 years) approximately 5 years ago to pursue a full time career in SEM with the ultimate goal of gaining specialist recognition in this fledgling speciality.

To gain entry to the register he had to provide evidence of training & competence in each area of the current SEM curriculum. His application, which took over 12 months to complete, was then scrutinised by the General Medical Council (GMC) for over 6 months to ensure appropriate competence before granting his certificate of specialist recognition in SEM.

Geoff is one of only 20 such specialists in the UK and one of only 2 in Wales. We are very pleased that he is able to offer his services in the private sector at Vale Healthcare as well as his ongoing contribution to the NHS & MOD as well as his large contribution to professional rugby within the region.