For aspiring Medical students among current Bradfieldians such experiences are off the table, no pun intended, in the current climate, however, they are afforded a daily glimpse of those same surroundings. Off-duty but garbed in scrubs and surrounded by lights and x-rays, Rob stands amidst the scene he described in a portrait which hangs on our Dining Hall wall.
For those inspired to follow in his footsteps, Rob asserts that they are in the right place to start honing the fundamental skills which will see them thrive in the profession as he once did as a Bradfield pupil. “I can’t do what I do in the NHS without a huge amount of input from an extended team. If you have teamwork in your DNA, in your blood, then you just get on with it and find solutions to problems that you have never before had to solve and my Bradfield experience certainly set me up for that.”
Speaking from his office at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Rob always knew Bradfield was the right school for him, even before he arrived for his first day in The Close.
“The Headmaster at the time, Anthony Quick, was very much of the view that every child has a talent, they may not know what it is before they start, but Bradfield would find it, nurture it and make them better at it. That’s what I loved about Bradfield and subsequent Headmasters have taken that on board. It very much comes through in the way Bradfield approaches education today.”
THAT WAS WHERE MY INITIAL FASCINATION WITH THE WAY BODIES WORK AROSE.
While admitting that his talents lay outside of academia it was in the classroom that Rob’s passion was allowed to flourish. With a Medical career already in mind it was only natural that he gravitated towards Biology and it was during an early lesson with the subject master Murray Argyle that his interest in the human side was piqued.
“He dissected this dead rabbit from top to bottom; from mouth to stomach to duodenum, large bowel, pancreas and kidneys, we saw it all. That was where my initial fascination with the way bodies work arose.”