Phil Bryson: A pressurised job
Phil Bryson has worked for 24 years in hyperbaric medicine
I was first exposed to hyperbaric medicine while working in emergency medicine as a senior house officer, where I was involved in the care of a diver who needed treatment for decompression illness. My hobby was scuba diving, and I thought that hyperbaric medicine was stimulating and different. While undertaking training to become a general practitioner I voluntarily helped at the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in the treatment of divers. In 1985 a position became available at the centre as a clinical assistant. I have found being a hyperbaric and diving physician to be a challenging and exciting career.
The centre is a registered charity. Although we are closely linked with the National Health Service, we are funded through our charitable status and offer a service to the NHS providing hyperbaric medicine. This allows the service to be patient driven. Working for a charity brings along unique managerial and