Rob works as a communication consultant for the NHS.
He was the first Patron of the first arts festival in England to be run by an NHS Trust. The Love Arts (mental health and wellbeing) Festival featured over 100 artists as well as big companies such as John Lewis, Opera North and Leeds Grand Theatre.
Rob is a Faculty Associate at NHS Research & Development North West, winners of the NWC Award for ‘Most Innovative NHS Team 2017’. He has been their Writer-in-Residence, managed their archive and worked on two cohorts of HEE/NIHR ICA internships. He gives regular workshops for NHS R&D NW, AQuA and HEE.
Rob is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Researcher Magazine, an NHS publication read in 54 countries and co-authors, ‘The Friendly Guides’ with Dr Lynne Goodacre.
Rob has helped academics, clinicians and AHP’s communicate on a wide range of issues from arthritis to obesity, child self-harm to cleft palates, HIV to FGM. He has researched ‘sex and disability’ for Channel 4 and 18th century surgery for the BBC. Rob is Special Projects Producer for the multi award-winning (mental health) theatre company Ridiculusmus, funded by Wellcome. Rob’s own play, about Proteus syndrome, sold out the Young Vic theatre for the entire duration of its run.
Rob was a core team member of the Failure research project at the University of Lancaster. He is proud to be working on a project about children with chronic, complex pain with Professor Bernie Carter of Edge Hill University. In 2019, we were award Arts Council funding to tour the project nationally and internationally, in collaboration with the charity Wellchild.
Rob is currently working on a Wellcome commission in collaboration with Heart n Soul, working towards the creation of an exhibition at the Wellcome Trust this Summer (2020). He is also working on a commission for the Elizabeth Casson Trust, looking at the wellbeing of those who practice wellbeing (1st year OT’s) commencing March 2020.