Based in the heart of Marlyebone’s medical district, we have an expert, professional team.
Our team’s aim is to greatly improve the performance, delivery, analytical power and support for diagnostic services for patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.
We provide tests that help to diagnose the underlying causes of patient’s symptoms and work with our clinical partners to tailor manage strategies to bring resolution to often long-standing and relapsing conditions.
Our team combines laboratory expertise with extensive clinical knowledge, which allows FGD to push the boundaries of research in the field of functional gut disorders.
Dr. Anthony HobsonConsultant Clinical Scientist & Clinical Director
Anthony is an internationally renowned Consultant Clinical Scientist with experience across the NHS and private healthcare sectors as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony trained in Manchester and gained a broad base of experience in assessing gut function from ‘top to bottom’ covering areas such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), incontinence and constipation. Anthony’s industry experience provided further training in designing and implementing clinical trials to test experimental approaches and novel treatments in conditions like IBS, an area he is still passionate about.
Anthony’s long standing vision is that the highest quality Gastro-Intestinal Physiology testing should be available to all patients and as such he has set up mobile clinics with several NHS centres to provide these services.
Anthony has been recognised as advancing the field of GI Physiology by winning several prestigious awards including the Department of Health and Chief Scientific Officer’s ‘Young Healthcare Scientist’ of the year. Anthony has also been awarded the Functional Brain-Gut Young Investigator award (United States) and the EFIC Grunethal Young investigator in Pain award (Germany).
Anthony has published over 200 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters including two first author publications in Gastroenterology. A frequent speaker at conferences around the globe about advances in GI Physiology, Anthony also provides lectures to train UK doctors to help them understand more about the applications of GI Physiology testing.
Sam is a Clinical Scientist in the field of Gastrointestinal Physiology. After completing a BSc in Human Biology at Loughborough University, he was accepted onto the NHS Scientist training programme for the specialism of Gastrointestinal physiology and Urodynamic Scientist. He completed his training at the University Hospital of South Manchester whilst completing a Master’s Degree at Newcastle University in which he achieved distinction.
During his time at UHSM Sam became involved in setting up and co-ordinating several research projects and clinical trials. His research interests include Irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He is enthusiastic to continue research at the functional gut clinic, hoping our state of the art physiological methods can help improve our understanding of functional gastrointestinal disorders.
Andres attained his B.Sc in Physics from the University of Glasgow and went on to complete his training in GI physiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Trust. He is proficient in a range of gastro-intestinal investigations, has contributed to research, and is an accredited Independent Practitioner with the British Society of Gastroenterologists.
He joined The Functional Gut Clinic in January 2015 as the team begins to expand both its private and NHS practice and is also studying a part time Masters course with Newcastle University.
Andres currently lives in South Norwood and is an avid cyclist.
Rhiannon is a Clinical Scientist with a M.Sc. in Clinical Science (Gastrointestinal Physiology) from Newcastle University. She has trained at both Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham and Cheltenham General Hospital during a 3 year masters programme with the NHS. Rhiannon has experience in a wide range of gastrointestinal physiology services, including oesophageal manometry, 24 hour pH impedance studies, anorectal manometry, endoanal ultrasound, hydrogen methane breath testing and biofeedback therapy.
Rhiannon joined the Functional Gut Clinic in London in 2016 and travels widely with the company offering services to both NHS and Private patients.
Victoria is a Trainee Physiologist currently working towards accreditation as a GI Physiologist. In 2013 she completed a Bachelor of Nursing in Brisbane, Australia and in 2015 completed a 12-month Graduate Program at the Mater Private Hospital specialising in Oncology. She continued working as a Registered Nurse until moving to London in March 2016. Victoria joined The Functional Gut Clinic team in April 2016 and began training under Dr Anthony Hobson and his team. She currently performs a wide range of gastro-intestinal physiological services which included hydrogen and methane breath testing, IBSchek and is currently working towards full competency of oesophageal manometry, 24 hour pH impedance studies, anorectal manometry and endoanal ultrasound.
Dr Adam Farmer was educated at Stonyhurst College, University College London, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
His main clinical interests concern all aspects of gastroenterology particularly the functional gastrointestinal disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, bloating, heartburn/reflux, diarrhoea and constipation as well as digestive symptoms that arise as a consequence of diabetes and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
He is considered to be an international expert in his field having been awarded prestigious prizes from the American Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and the United European Gastroenterology Federation.
Dr. Mark ScottDirector of Lower GI Physiology and Author
Mark is our Director of Lower GI Physiology at The Functional Gut Clinic.
Mark holds a BSc in Physiology and Biology, and was awarded a PhD in Physiology/ Medicine from the University of London. Mark’s PhD research centred on “Prolonged monitoring of colonic motor activity by an ambulatory recording technique”. Mark has may years of experience, both clinical and academic, related to the physiological investigation of functional (primarily lower) gastrointestinal disorders.
Mark was integral to setting up the GI Physiology Unit at the Royal London Hospital in 1994 and is now Co-Director of the Unit. The Unit is internationally renowned, and provides a clinical service to more than 2,500 patients per year, which supplies the resources for aligned research; there are currently 20 full-time and affiliated staff members.
One of Mark’s principal research interests, particularly through collaboration with Professor Ian Cook (Sydney) and Dr Phil Dinning (Adelaide), is assessment of pancolonic motor function using novel methodologies. Mark also leads a flourishing research programme centered on clinical GI (principally colorectal) physiological investigation, together with Mr Peter Lunniss and Mr Charles Knowles. The programme originated from a fundamental philosophy of carefully phenotyping patients through comprehensive investigation and the group’s pioneering work on visceral hyposensitivity has now gained international recognition.
Mark is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications as well as 8 book chapters. Mark has also acted as Guest Editor for 2 journal supplements dedicated to the subject of chronic constipation.
Ali qualified as a dietitian from Kings’ College London. After working in a variety of disciplines including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and weight management Ali focused on her main area of interest: gastroenterology and the dietary treatment of conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and diverticular disease.
The initial consultation with Ali takes approximately 45 minutes. The patient talks about diet, lifestyle and social factors such as work so that Ali can understand the factors that may be impacting on symptoms. Ali offers individually tailored advice for each patient’s needs and goals and she will review patient progress, adapting the patient’s diet where necessary.
Ann trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and has over 25 years’ experience working within the field of colorectal nursing.
As a ward sister and Matron, Ann gained considerable experience of the medical and surgical management of a wide range of bowel conditions at St Mark’s Hospital, a world renowned centre of excellence. Since 2010, Ann has worked at The Royal London Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist, responsible for managing a caseload of patients who have Functional Bowel and Pelvic Floor disorders.
Ann has expertise in undertaking and interpreting specific diagnostic investigations and providing a detailed patient assessment to make clinical decisions as part of an individualised management plan to help treat patients who have difficulty with their bowel function.
Ann will discuss the types of problems that patients with a Functional Bowel disorder may have, including constipation or difficulty opening their bowels, needing to rush to the toilet or having poor control over bowel function. Once Ann has a detailed bowel history of the patient, she will review any previous investigations and then devise a personalised management plan. The plan will include dietary advice and, if necessary, medication review. Ann will also give advice on lifestyle, exercises to help effective bowel emptying and to strengthen the pelvic floor or anal sphincter muscles, and where appropriate the use of visual biofeedback using High Resolution Anal Manometry.
Ann provides advice and information to enable patients to understand their bowel condition and helps them to develop practical coping skills and strategies. Putting a management plan into practice requires determination but most people find that with continued effort and commitment they are able to manage their problem more effectively.
Some patients will only require one appointment whilst others will benefit from a course of appointments and this will be arranged with each patient.
Clare is a Chartered Physiotherapist who gained a 1st Class Honours Degree after studying at Liverpool University in 2002. Clare has specialised in functional bowel and pelvic floor disorders for over 12 years. She manages the ‘Healthy Bowel Clinic’ at Wythenshawe Hospital working with the Colorectal and Pelvic Floor team to help patients with incontinence, constipation, defaecatory disorders and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles. Clare will undertake a thorough assessment to implement an individualised treatment plan to help patients with their bowel or pelvic floor disorder.
Clare will discuss the types of problems that patients with a Functional Bowel disorder may have, including constipation or difficulty opening their bowels, needing to rush to the toilet or having poor control over bowel function. Once Clare has a detailed bowel history of the patient, she will review any previous investigations and then devise a personalised management plan. The plan will include dietary advice and, if necessary, medication review. Clare will also give advice on lifestyle, exercises to help effective bowel emptying and to strengthen the pelvic floor or anal sphincter muscles, and where appropriate the use of visual biofeedback using High Resolution Anal Manometry.
Clare provides advice and information to enable patients to understand their bowel condition and helps them to develop practical coping skills and strategies. Putting a management plan into practice requires determination but most people find that with continued effort and commitment they are able to manage their problem more effectively.
Some patients will only require one appointment whilst others will benefit from a course of appointments and this will be arranged with each patient.
A recent graduate in BSc Biomedical Science from the University of Warwick, Charlotte is one of three graduates beginning the new role of Trainee Gas Chromatography Scientist and GI Physiologist at Functional Gut Diagnostics. Charlotte will be closely involved with gastrointestinal breath tests and over the next three years will gain experience analysing samples, supporting technical sales, and performing clinical testing to become a practitioner in GI Physiology.
Charlotte has relocated to Manchester for the role and is excited about new opportunities with Functional Gut Diagnostics, particularly in research and public education. As a keen cook and baker, she is also interested in the effects of diet on patient wellbeing.
Sarah Smith Gas Chromatography Scientist & Trainee Clinical GI Physiologist
Sarah achieved an Integrated Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 2018 and then joined the graduate training scheme at Functional Gut Diagnostics to become a clinical Gastrointestinal Physiologist/Gas Chromatography Scientist. She works closely with the other trainees to analyse patient breath test samples and is working to gain competency in all other diagnostic tests to achieve status as an independent practitioner through the guidance of the clinical team.
Sarah’s academic and industrial placements during her degree have given her experience in the development of diagnostic tests and sample analysis and hopes in the future to bring more tests to the clinic.
Jordan HaworthGas Chromatography Scientist & Trainee Clinical GI Physiologist
Jordan is part of the graduate training scheme to become a clinical GI physiologist specialising in gas chromatography analysis. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc in Biomedical Science, Jordan has a keen interest in the relationship between the immune system and gastrointestinal function. Recent scientific evidence suggests that autoreactive antibodies could be a potential cause of IBS, so with the availability of IBSchek™, he hopes more patients can get a confirmed diagnosis.
Jordan looks forward to working on novel research studies and achieving status as an independent practitioner under guidance of the excellent clinical team here at Functional Gut Diagnostics.
Nicky completed a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at King’s College London before achieving a PhD in Nutrition of the Elderly at Liverpool John Moores University. Nicky then successfully gained a PG Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics from London Metropolitan University.
Nicky gained experience in both acute and community settings, providing dietetic support across a range of clinical conditions that affect nutritional status. Nicky has worked with both teams and patients with complex needs and undertaken CPD courses such as use of low FODMAPs diet for IBS and other gut conditions, use of dietary manipulation for obesity and carbohydrate counting for diabetes.
Nicky is passionate about Gastroenterology, Diabetes and Obesity and has gained invaluable insight into conditions where effectiveness of therapy depends on the knowledge and experience of the clinician and clinician-patient rapport.
Nicky is an accomplished presenter on nutrition and her research on n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cardiovascular risk factors has been published in peer reviewed journals.
Mylto is a Trainee Clinical Gastrointestinal Physiologist at the Functional Gut Clinic, working towards her accreditation as a Clinical Physiologist. She graduated from the University of Sunderland with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and then moved on to study a MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry at Loughborough University.
Mylto joined the Functional Gut Clinic team in London in June 2018 and began her training under the supervision of the qualified clinical team. She currently performs a wide range of gastro‑intestinal physiological tests including hydrogen and methane breath testing, oesophageal manometries and 24‑hour pH impedance studies in both private and NHS patients.
Mylto’s academic background and laboratory experience have given her a wide range of experiences in both the clinical setting and in research, which she aspires to continue with at the Functional Gut Clinic.
Rebecca is a Trainee Physiologist currently working towards accreditation as a GI physiologist. In 2013, Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Nursing in Brisbane, Australia, and then went on to do a general rotation graduate year at the Mater Private Hospital in South Brisbane. She then went on the specialise in surgical nursing at the Mater as well as working closely with patients with receiving intravenous treatments for IBD in the Mater’s Day Unit.
In October 2016, Rebecca moved to London and joined The Functional Gut Clinic shortly after where she has begun training under Dr Anthony Hobson and his team.
She currently performs a range of GI physiological services which include hydrogen and methane breath testing and IBSchek to name a few