The UK Diving Medical Committee meet formally around 4 times a year. Their work is done on a voluntary basis. Members all have substantive mainstream medical roles, further details on these are available below.
A lot of personal time is spent by the committee writing guidelines, processing referee applications, considering appeals, undertaking research, organising conferences, liaising with other medical / interested bodies and generally promoting the area of diving medicine.
Diving medicals are undertaken by a national network of approved medical referees.
Referees will charge a fee for undertaking a medical or providing medical advice
Mark Turner graduated from Bristol in 1990. He joined the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer and worked at the Institute of Naval Medicine and Submarine Escape Training Tank. He also worked as a Ship’s Diving Officer and Submarine Escape Instructor. Medical Training; MRCP 1996, General Cardiology in Plymouth, Cardiff and Miami leading to PhD in 2004. Trained in congenital heart disease Great Ormand Stret Hospital and UCLH / Heart Hospital 2002-2005. Consultant Cardiologist at Bristol Heart Institute 2005-present with interest in congenital and structural intervention. HSE medical examiner.
David Wilmot started diving in 1971 and is the medical advisor to Scottish Subaqua. As a medical referee, he assesses 70-80 professional divers per year. He was trained in diving medicine in Aberdeen in the early 1980’s and has done regular refreshers since then. He currently dives about 100 times per year, mainly on an AP Evo Plus Rebreather but also teaches open circuit. David is a semi-retired GP.
Phil Bryson started off his diving medicine interest at Discovery Bay Hyperbaric Unit in Jamaica whilst he was working in downtown Kingston in the very early days of his medical career. He then moved to Plymouth (UK) where he worked as a volunteer at the Diving Diseases Research Centre for 6 years whilst he completed his training to be a GP. He then managed to turn his hobby into a career and carried on working at DDRC for the next 25 years being the Medical Director there for his last 11 years, prior to leaving to take up his current job at International SOS in December 2010. He has published extensively in specialist medical journals, and co-authored 2 chapters in 2 Medical books. He was the medical advisor to the SAA prior to helping set up the UKSDMC, sits on the DMAC, EDTC, and EUBS committees.
Maggie is an Occupational Health Physician, having previously been a GP, and undertakes medical appraisals for the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. She has been undertaking both sport and commercial diving medicals since the early 1990’s. She is also approved to undertake offshore medicals and has many years of experience of undertaking driving medicals and general occupational health medicals. She is a BSAC advanced diver and has been diving since 1989. On the Committee she is the Appraisal Lead and the BSAC and SAA representative. Her other interests are her pet dogs, attending Rolling Stones concerts, medieval history and she is a member of the Richard III Society (amazing he was found!).
Chris is a consultant anaesthetist with a specialist interest in diving and hyperbaric medicine.
While serving as a medical officer in the Royal Navy, Mark was appointed to the Institute of Naval Medicine in 1997 where he received training in diving and hyperbaric medicine. He left the Royal Navy in 2004 and worked as a general practitioner and occupational physician until he was employed as the medical director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit in Royal Hospital Haslar in 2006, continuing in the role when the unit moved to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester in 2010. He stopped general practice in 2021, relinquished his post as medical director of the hyperbaric unit in 2022 and now works as an occupational physician providing advice for NHS and other clients including companies involved in diving and hyperbaric technologies. He is qualified as a working and a recreational diver but lately immersion seems to be more often in paperwork rather than in water.
Dr Robinson is an A&E consultant with a special interest in diving medicine.
Peter is a consultant cardiologist. He has particular research interests in cardiac problems in divers, including immersion pulmonary oedema and the roles of cardiac and pulmonary shunts in aetiology of decompression illness. He has been a medical referee since 1977. In the 1970s and 1980s he was medical officer on a number of international diving expeditions.