My career within Medical Illustration has developed over 25 years and since late 2018 I am proud to manage and support a team of highly accredited and national award-winning photographers, designers and administration staff who all play a major role in the success of the department.

As a clinical photographer I use specialist digital cameras and imaging machines to provide high quality professional pictures and diagnostic ophthalmic retinal imaging, which is used for clinical decision-making by fellow healthcare professionals to manage disease and determine treatment.

I joined the NHS in 1994, beginning my career at St James’ Hospital Leeds, where I qualified with a Diploma in Medical Illustration from The Institute of Medical Illustrators. I subsequently achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree affiliated with Glasgow and Caledonian University and I also hold a professional registration with the Academy for Healthcare Science.

Since moving to Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 1996 I have enjoyed a varied career that has been both rewarding and diverse in its challenges supporting patient care. I have enjoyed playing a leading role in the development of our Medical Illustration service and was instrumental in introducing the change from film-based to digital imaging and training and supporting photographers while being part of an award winning multi-faceted team.

It’s always exciting to extend my scope of practice and be involved with multidisciplinary teamwork to support new advances in technology and improve patient experience. I have led on ophthalmic and clinical research photography since its inception at Bradford, obtained international imaging accreditations, and assisted in determining the benefits of the newest drug treatment and pathways within Ophthalmology using the most technologically advanced equipment available.

Improving care for patients, supporting healthcare colleagues and being able to push the boundaries in clinical and ophthalmic photography provides me with real job satisfaction.  The next imaging development and clinical pathway are always just around the corner.

I am proud to represent Bradford Teaching Hospitals and the wider NHS as a regulated Healthcare Scientist.

Email: antony.dook@bthft.nhs.uk