For All Healthcare Professionals

Our aim is to be trusted by healthcare professionals to enable us to support patients in a safe, responsive, reliable and effective way.

Refer a Patient

By Doctors for Healthcare Professionals to help patients

Sapphire Medical Clinics is formed by doctors. We aim to become a trusted partner of NHS medical professionals and support patients in using medicinal cannabis where other treatments have failed.

Our internationally renowned and respected consultants will assess patients within their area of expertise and if another conventional therapy is available that will be tried first.

Rigorous Prescribing Framework

There are three mechanisms by which Patients and their Healthcare Professionals are reassured that the highest standard of clinical practice and prescribing are upheld. These are:

1. All clinicians are trained to the highest level by international experts with experience in medicinal cannabis prescribing.

2. All clinicians receive bespoke and disease specific clinical and prescribing guidelines developed by Sapphire Medical Clinics using large data sets.

3. Following consultation, all patients are discussed at the central multidisciplinary team meeting involving all the clinicians.

Education

Our Doctors

All of our doctors have been through an intense training program to equip them with the skills required to prescribe this very complex and variable medicine. The program includes face-to-face sessions with an expert cannabis physician, telemedicine clinics with an experienced cannabis counsellor.

Healthcare Professionals

For medical professionals wishing to learn more about medicinal cannabis, we have put together a series of online modules (with examinations) which are CPD accredited in UK.

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Why we are safe

We have followed the guidance set by the GMC, MHRA, NHS England.

We have gone beyond this guidance to create our own rigorous Standard Operating Procedures, which are being ratified by the above organisations and will be published on our site in due course. This will guide the future use of medicinal cannabis by closely monitoring adverse events and change in patient  outcomes.

We have recruited experienced NHS consultants who are experts in their fields and will only see patients who they would see in their practice in the NHS.

We are aligned to the most up to date research and will continually monitor any new developments.

We will collect data on all of our patients with their consent and will form the first UK registry on medicinal cannabis. This will guide the future use of cannabis, adverse reactions and change in patient outcome to establish where this drug is of most use.

Sapphire Clinics Multidisciplinary Team

Dr Michael Platt

Dr Michael Platt MA MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA

Medical Director

Dr Platt has been a consultant and honorary senior lecturer in pain medicine and anaesthetics at Imperial College since 1991.

Following medical training in Australia, he undertook specialist training in anaesthetics and pain medicine in London. He is a professional and highly effective senior consultant in pain medicine and anaesthetics with over 23 years in senior clinical leadership and specialist roles. In his NHS practice he is a senior consultant at the Imperial Pain Clinic and is frequently referred complex patients from other specialists in the UK and abroad.

Professor Praveen Anand
MD, MA, FRCP

Neurology / Neuropathic Pain

Professor Praveen Anand is Professor of Clinical Neurology and honorary Consultant Neurologist at Imperial College London.

His medical education was at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and post-graduate training at the Hammersmith Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. His research focuses on pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms in human sensory neuropathies and chronic pain syndromes and he has studied medicinal cannabis for approximately 20 years. He runs an integrated tertiary referral clinic evaluating patients with treatment resistant neuropathic pain.

Dr Mark Weatherall
MBBC, FRCP, PhD, MA

General Neurology

Dr Mark Weatherall is a Consultant Neurologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Vice-Chair of the British Association for the Study of Headache and a former Trustee of the Migraine Trust. He was a highly regarded historian of medicine before studying clinical medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. His clinical practice includes the treatment of headache, migraine, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and numerous other neurological disorders.

Dr Shaheen Khan
BSc, MSc, MBBS, FRCP

Palliative Care

Dr Shaheen Khan is a Consultant in Palliative Care and Clinical Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

He graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Medical School, having also been awarded a first class BSc in Neuroscience and subsequent research as part of his MSc in Palliative Care from Kings’ College London.

His interests include complex pain and symptom control, opioids and medicinal cannabis, advance care planning, and clinical leadership.

Dr Jonathan Hoare
MA, FRCP, PhD

Gastroenterology / General Medicine

Dr Hoare has been consultant in Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, since 2006.

He trained at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He has broad interests across gastroenterology, having gained his PhD as an MRC Research Fellow in molecular biology and been head of endoscopy for 11 years. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of luminal gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease and functional problems such as irritable bowel while having specialist expertise in endoscopy.

Dr James Rucker
MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych, PhD

Psychiatry

Dr Rucker is a Clinician Scientist (senior clinical lecturer level) at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, specialising in mood disorders, psychopharmacology and novel drug treatments combined with psychotherapy.

Dr Sushil Beri
MBBS, MD, DNB, MRCPCH

Paediatric Neurology

Dr Beri is a consultant paediatric neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He has trained at various university and teaching hospitals across the UK and he undertook his general paediatric training at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Dr Beri sees young children and adolescents with all kinds of acute and chronic neurological disorders including childhood epilepsy, faints and funny turns, migraines and other headaches, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular and neurogenetic disorders.

Leadership & Management Team

Sapphire Consultants

Our growing team of Specialist Consultants expands beyond the Multi-Disciplinary Team and now includes the following clinicians. All of our doctors have been through an intense training program to equip them with the skills required to safely prescribe cannabis-based medicines.

Dr Mohammad Sajad
MBChB FRCA, FCAI PGDip

Pain Specialist

Dr. Sajad graduated in 2005 from Birmingham and, since 2016, has been working as a consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Dudley Group of Hospitals in the West Midlands.

After graduation, he undertook specialist Anaesthesia training in various hospitals across Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham with further specialisation in Pain Medicine. His currently serves as lead for the pain management programme and exam teaching for new trainee doctors at Dudley . Having completed a post graduate diploma in management of pain from the University of Edinburgh, he developed a keen interest in managing neuropathic pain including radicular back pain. In his current practice in the NHS, he sees a variety of pain disorders including Fibromyalgia, Post Herpetic Neuralgia, chronic regional pain syndrome and many more besides. He is an enthusiast in the role of Cannabinoids in chronic pain, particularly widespread pain.

Dr Azfer Usmani
MBBS, FRCA, FCARCSI, FFPMRCA

Pain Specialist

Dr. Azfer Usmani is presently working with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Kent. He specializes in management of a wide array of chronic pain conditions using the latest techniques in pain management.

He is trained in South East England in pain medicine and anaesthetics. A part of his training was at the Guys & St. Thomas Hospital as well as St. George’s Hospital. He obtained the FRCA and FFPMRCA qualifications from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK.

Dr Kavita Praveen
MBBS, MRCPsych, AFMCP

Paediatric Psychiatry

Dr Kavita Praveen has extensive experience, expertise and passion in the field of Mental Health both within the National Health Service and Independent Sector.

She assesses and treats a range of emotional and developmental disorders including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD, ASD and other complex mental health disorders. She has specialism in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Praveen is also a Functional Medicine Practitioner having completed AFMCP (Applied Function Medicine in Clinical Practice) from Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr Hassan Kapadia
BMedSc (Hons), MBChB, PGDipCT, DRCOG, MRCPsych

Psychiatry

Dr Kapadia is a consultant psychiatrist with over 16 years' psychiatry experience.

He holds a senior management role as clinical director of an NHS Trust, and a senior teaching position as medical psychotherapy tutor responsible for the countywide psychotherapy training within a core psychiatry training scheme.

He received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Birmingham and undertook postgraduate training in psychiatry in the West Midlands. Dr Kapadia completed a higher training in the psychiatric subspecialty of medical psychotherapy, majoring in psychodynamic psychotherapy; he also trained in cognitive therapy, graduating from the University of Oxford.

Dr Kapadia integrates psychiatric, psychotherapeutic and medical skills to provide a psychologically oriented understanding of patients' difficulties. In his NHS clinical practice, Dr Kapadia predominantly treats patients with anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr Kapadia also has a large medicolegal practice, specialising in clinical negligence, complex and serious injury, employers' liability and occupational stress.

Dr Ezzat Awad
MBBC, MRCP, Msc

General Neurology

Dr Ezzat Awad is a Neurology Consultant with special interest in Epilepsy and Functional Neurological Disorder at Mid and South Essex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Richard Watchorn
MB BCh BAO MD FRCP

Dermatology

Dr Watchorn is a Consultant Dermatologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

He undertook his postgraduate training in both Ireland and the UK, and was awarded his MD for research in lichen sclerosus undertaken as an EADV fellow at University College Hospital, London.
His clinical practice incorporates diverse areas of dermatology including pruritus (itch), inflammatory dermatology, genital dermatology and skin cancer.

Dr Anastasia Therianou
MD PhD

Dermatology

Dr Anastasia Therianou works as a Consultant Dermatologist at the world-renowned Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She carried out dermatology specialist training in leading centres such as Saint John's Institute of Dermatology and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She was awarded her PhD for her research in psoriasis which was a collaboration between Tuft's University in Boston, USA and the University of Athens, Greece. Several of her research projects have appeared in top scientific journals.
She is experienced in various aspects of adult general dermatology including acne, eczema, psoriasis and pruritus. Additionally she has specialist interest in hair and nail disorders and skin cancers.

Multidisciplinary Team

This is formed of our seven specialist doctors and the doctors within the clinic. After the initial consult, if deemed appropriate the patient is discussed at the MDT and a final decision is made to issue a prescription or not.

Successful

Our team have already excelled in their careers individually and now have come together to offer the best, most responsible, expert led clinical assessment for medicinal cannabis.

Hassle Free Prescriptions

Once the prescription has been written the doctor has no further part in the payment or delivery of the medicine. Sapphire will organise this entirely to maintain the patient doctor relationship and ensure the prescription is fulfilled.