Dr Peter Balfour

About me and my practice

CGL Specialty Doctor in Addiciton Psychiatry

Outline of offer and experience

I am a highly motivated doctor of medicine (Birmingham, 1983) with a strong scientific background (including degrees in Biochemistry [1979-80] and Immunology [1990-91] and a student elective spent studying Restriction Endonuclease Mapping in the laboratories of Professor Sir DJ Weatherall, Nuffield Dept of Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford [Spring/Summer 1982]).

After house jobs [1.8.83–6.7.85, completion being delayed by a serious road traffic accident on 23.3.84] and training in Pathology/Histopathology [1.8.85-10.12.91], I explored several clinical disciplines (including Public Health Medicine [1.2.92-31.1.93], General Psychiatry [1.8.93-29.8.97], General Practice [1.9.97-13.12.00] and Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care [14.12.00-15.9.05]).

Following concern that I might not be fully recovered from the RTA I sustained in 1984, the GMC investigated me extensively [December 2002-February 2008] but, finding no evidence of any damage, reinstated me on their register. Since then I undertook locums in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry (totalling about 2 1/2y outpatient work and 1 1/3y inpatient work in the latter [23.12.09 – 4.1.20]) before taking up a substantive post as CGL Doctor with Change Grow Live in Mansfield [6.1.20 - present].

I have authored or co-authored over 20 papers and some 50 letters or Rapid Responses to the BMJ during one career break [16.9.05 – 4.9.08], I took the opportunity to extend my management [4.7.01–26.8.05] and computing [7.1.03–30.3.06] skills (acquiring MInstLM [and becoming a member on 23.1.07] and the ECDL respectively), while during others I have studied, primarily for the MRCPsych examinations (I passed the written papers on 14.12.10, 14.12.10 and 7.10.14, but failed the CASC exam on 22.1.15 (I think because I focussed on establishing rapport with patients instead of demonstrating my knowledge of Psychiatry).

I am Editor of Mensa's MedicSIG newsletter (since July 2015) and am a member of Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (since April 2016, upgraded to Advanced Practitioner Membership on 15.4.21), the British Association for Psychopharmacology (since December 2017), the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (since 27.4.18), the Medical Council on Alcohol (since 7.9.18), the British Neuroscience Association (since 3.2.21) and the Society for Academic Primary Care (since 8.2.21).

I remain fascinated by the neurophysiological and biochemical mechanisms that allow us to function but, at the same time, very much want to help people of all kinds lead healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives through psychological support, collaborative problem-solving and judicious prescribing.

I am specialised in Addiction Psychiatry (primarily out-patient work) but, in addition, have maintained my skills in General Psychiatry through locum-work and study for MRCPsych.

Contact details


 0161 339 0032