Peter gave up a career with Hampshire Police to seek a better quality of life and see more of his wife Cris and young children Summer, Edward and Skye.

He wanted a job that allowed him to continue to help people, and where his police experience in dealing with distressing situations would be an asset.

Peter graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with a First Class honours degree in 2004.

He has gained a wealth of experience from treating a wide range of patients, from sports players to office workers, from children to people in their 90s.

Peter has a keen interest in acupuncture and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, incorporating acupuncture into osteopathic treatment when appropriate.

His sporting interests include mountain biking, swimming and skiing. He also sings with the Southampton Philharmonic Choir.

Peter says:

“One of the original definitions of ‘doctor’ is ‘teacher’ and that’s what osteopaths are.

“I try to give people guidelines to improve their health in the long term, so they understand how to manage their body, to know its limitations and to look after it so they don’t need to come back and see me every week.

“What I love is that I can be treating a boy of 12 who’s done too much running, then my next patient is a 90-year-old recovering from a stroke who has all that life experience. I love that variety.

“It’s great when I get a call from someone I haven’t seen for a few years and they say: ‘You did such a fantastic job on my back, I’m hoping you can do it again on my knee.’