Principal Lead for Healthcare Science
NHS Education for Scotland
After completing a BSc degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2000, James worked for a global Contract Research Organisation in pharmaceuticals then as an intern in an academic research laboratory at Harvard Medical School. James returned to Scotland in 2004 to undertake a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in the Centre for Cardiovascular Science and wrote a thesis on the inhibitory effects of steroids on new blood vessel formation. After completion, he spent a brief spell as a postdoctoral research scientist in the same institute. From 2008, James undertook pre-registration training as a Clinical Biochemist in NHS Lanarkshire, before joining NHS Lothian in 2012 as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Scientist to undertake Higher Specialist Training and achieving Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists status in 2014.
James is currently Principal Clinical Scientist in NHS Lothian specialising in toxicology, proteins and gastrointestinal tests which is a diverse role including various clinical duties, assay development, quality assurance, IT development, audit, teaching and training duties. James has a part time quality assurance role for HCS training throughout Scotland with the NES team.
James enjoys running, rugby and various activities with his 3 small children.