David Hunsley

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 05 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2278
  1. Iain Cameron

    David Hunsley qualified in botany (1966), following with a PhD in mycology (1971), both at Newcastle. Together with Professor J H Burnett he pioneered the technique of enzymatic dissection while based at Glasgow and Oxford. At Oxford he was made a junior fellow of Wolfson College while in the Department of Agricultural Science.

    At the age of 30 David returned to Newcastle to read medicine. After qualifying in 1980, he worked in Newcastle city hospitals before taking up a post in Edinburgh at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and the Rosslynlee Hospital, where he was appointed consultant in 1988. He subsequently moved back to the northeast in 1990, being appointed consultant at Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland.

    David was active in the Royal College of Psychiatrists, first as regional representative for the Northern region, then as chair of regional representatives in the old age faculty, and latterly as an elective member of the old age executive. He was crucial in rewriting the standard job description for consultant old age psychiatrists, so influencing the work of psychiatrists throughout Britain.

    He is remembered by colleagues as an excellent practitioner, calm in a crisis, clever, and wise. He had many interests outside medicine, such as astronomy, diving, history, photography, and travel.

    He leaves a wife, June; two sons; and one granddaughter.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2278


    • Consultant psychiatrist Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland (b 1945; q Newcastle 1980; BSc, PhD, FRCP), died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on 7 June 2008.

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