Forward Leeds welcomes new Clinical Director

Forward Leeds are very pleased to welcome Dr Joe Tay Wee Teck, MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, MSc (Drug & Alcohol Studies) as the new Clinical Director for the service.

Having qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1999, Joe has worked as a GP and GPSI in drugs and alcohol for 15 years in Edinburgh. In addition to his primary qualifications and clinical work, he holds an International Certificate in Addiction Medicine, as well as RCGP Certificates and he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews.

Head of Forward Leeds Lee Wilson said: “Joe has a wealth of experience through his GP training, working specifically within addiction for the past 15 years across many settings.

“He brings with him passion, expertise and a focus on quality improvement, bringing research into practice and empowering the people who work and use our services.

“His vision to use innovation to support our services will build on the work we have already achieved. Together with our other clinical staff, we continue to have a formidable medical team.”

Joe said: “I’m delighted to be joining Forward Leeds, which is widely-recognised as one of the leading alcohol and drug services in the country. Hopefully we can continue to build on the success that Forward Leeds already enjoys, to ensure that the City of Leeds continues to have the world-class service its people deserve.

“I’m already impressed with the quality of my colleagues and I’m excited about how we can work together to ensure we continue to meet the needs of the people who come to us for support.”

Joe has numerous clinical and research interests and comes with additional experience of sitting on a range of groups concerned with quality improvement and national policy.

Joe grew up in Malaysia and then studied in Singapore before moving to Galway in 1993. He has spent the majority of his professional working practice in Scotland within a variety of settings from Harm Reduction teams to providing medical cover at Edinburgh’s Image and Performance Enhancement Drugs (IPEDs) clinics.