Dr Chris Barber BM, BS, BMedSci, FRCP, AFOM, MD

Dr Barber is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Northern General Hospital, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine (University of Sheffield) and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton.

He qualified in Medicine from Nottingham University in 1993 and proceeded to train in respiratory and general medicine in Trent and the North West. In addition, he spent two years as a research fellow at HSL dedicated to research into occupational lung disease which led to an MD thesis related to cough in workers exposed to bakery dusts.

His main current areas of research interest, carried out at the health and safety laboratory in Buxton, include the national/international approach to the diagnosis/management of occupational lung disease, occupational lung disease relating to working with metal working fluid, and occupational lung cancer.

He has specialist recognition in Respiratory and General Medicine from the GMC, and the AFOM, a postgraduate qualification in clinical and research aspects of occupational respiratory and non-respiratory disorders.

He is a core reporter to, and sits on the advisory committee for SWORD - a national surveillance scheme for occupational lung disease. He is also is a member of GORDS - a national group of experts in occupational lung disease.

Dr Barber has a weekly occupational respiratory outpatient clinic, dealing with all aspects of occupational asthma, COPD, asbestos-related lung disease, and extrinsic allergic alveolitis. This clinic acts as a regional referral centre for the most complex occupational lung disease cases, and the unit has the full range of diagnostic facilities required for such patients. In addition, he provides occupational input to the monthly regional interstitial lung disease MDT.

Dr Barber has a particular interest in post-graduate medical education and has developed e-learning modules on occupational asthma for BMJ Learning (for GPs) and the British Thoracic Society (for respiratory trainees). He is the co-organiser of the British Thoracic Society occupational lung disease short course.