Professor Tony Redmond OBE
Professor Tony Redmond OBE is Professor of International Emergency Medicine at The University of Manchester and a Consultant in Trauma and Emergency Medicine.
In addition, he is the Director of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register, which coordinates the national surgical response to overseas disasters funded by the Department for International Development of the UK government.
Tony's Manchester degree
"I was always interested in science, but primarily wanted to do something I felt to be worthwhile and that would help people," Tony says.
He chose Manchester because it was his hometown, but also because of the University's reputation in medical education.
One factor that influenced his decision was a talk by the Executive Dean of the medical school at that time, Dr Bill Beswick, at Tony's school. They talked afterwards and Tony was "hooked".
At university, Tony particularly enjoyed his placements in general practice and psychiatry.
"I was treated as an adult and part of the team. I was allowed to engage with staff and patients and contribute to the activities of the departments," he explains.
"Do it because you genuinely see it as the best way for you to bring all your skills and abilities to the help of others, particularly to those most vulnerable and most in need."
"Manchester offers opportunity to get a first-class medical education that will best prepare you for life as doctor in the real world, and not for just getting you through finals."
Tony believes that his time as a medical student prepared him well for his medical career.
"It taught me to be an independent learner and to understand it was me that was ultimately responsible for securing the knowledge and skills needed to be a good doctor," he explains.
"We had some wonderful clinical teaching, which gave me such a good grounding in the essential skills of history taking and physical examination."
Tony started on a GP vocational training programme at Wythenshawe after graduating, but took a break for a two-year research job in psychiatry at Withington. He worked on the medical effects of alcohol and completed an MD in the process.
He became a lecturer at Manchester and continued to practice medicine through work in accident and emergency at Hope Hospital Salford.
"I realised A&E was the life for me, so I completed specialist training and was appointed a consultant at Stockport Infirmary and then Withington and Wythenshawe Hospitals," Tony explains.
He developed his interests in major trauma and prehospital care and, with colleagues, founded the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team (SMART).
Tony was then invited to be foundation professor of emergency medicine at Keele University and lead on the Trauma Centre development there. On the international side, he was seconded to the UN and WHO, and went to work for the Department for International Development before returning to Manchester as Hospital Dean at Salford Royal, and now Lead for Global Health at the University.
Having trained in emergency medicine in the UK and the US and as a registered specialist in emergency medicine with a special interest in the management of severe injury, Tony has provided emergency humanitarian medical assistance for over 20 years, responding to natural disasters, major incidents, conflicts and complex emergencies throughout the world.
Advice for budding doctors
Tony says that he wishes someone had told him that he needed to spend more time studying outside of lectures when he was at university. "I wasted so much time when I could have been reading around the subjects.
"The penny did eventually drop, but things would have been so much easier at the start if I'd used my time better."
He recommends that anyone aspiring to be a doctor should make sure they "do it for its own sake, not because you or your school think it's prestigious, or glamorous, or secure, or well-paid, or your mum wants you to".
"These may be true for some aspects of medicine, but not all. Do it because you genuinely see it as the best way for you to bring all your skills and abilities to the help of others, particularly to those most vulnerable and most in need," he says.