Specialties and experience
Other Interests: Prolapse and incontinence, pelvic pain and endometriosis, menstrual disorders, vaginal surgery.
Membership of organizations
Chair of the Guidelines Committee at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists producing guidelines for best practice for doctors and information for women.
Honorary Secretary to the Association of Early Pregnancy Units setting standards for emergency care across the UK for women with pain and bleeding.
Member of Endometriosis UK working to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment for women with this condition.
Publications and books
I have written several books on reproductive (fertility) medicine and surgery, laparoscopic surgery and endometriosis:
- Good Clinical Practice in Assisted Reproduction, Cambridge University Press 2004
- Atlas of Endometriosis, Informa Healthcare (3rd Edition) 2006
- Infertility The Facts, Cambridge University Press 2008
Qualifications and what they mean
MBBS 1987 Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine London Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (qualification as a doctor)
MRCOG 1996 Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist (specialist qualification in Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
MD 1996 University of London. (Higher degree in Endometriosis and pelvic pain.)
Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery 2000. This is a higher qualification in Reproductive (Fertility) Medicine and Fertility (laparoscopic) surgery.
FRCOG 2007 Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (Awarded for recognition of achievement in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.)
FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (Postgraduate teaching qualification).
Why am I a Mrs Overton and other surgeons are Miss or Mr?
Consultant surgeons use the title Mr, Mrs or Miss rather than Dr. Many female surgeons choose to work under their maiden name, hence Miss. I work under my married name, hence Mrs Overton. This practice dates back to the days when surgeons gained a Royal College of Surgeons diploma rather than a University Doctoral Degree. Today, all surgeons now have to gain a basic medical degree and doctorate as well as undergoing several more years training in surgery, but we still retain this link with the past.
I’m often asked what made me go into Obstetrics & Gynaecology. As a medical student, one of the women I looked after in labour thanked me and said that I should think about going into Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It is to her that I owe my career.
I was a student doctor at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London and qualified as a doctor in 1987. I did House jobs in London and then went into Obstetrics & Gynaecology, first at the Royal Free in London and then at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I was a Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology studying the treatment of Endometriosis and pain. This work was awarded an MD by the University of London in 1996.
I met my husband, another Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in the operating theatres at the John Radcliffe Hospital! From Oxford, our jobs took us to Cambridge, Peterborough and Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals. We successfully applied for higher specialist training jobs in London and I worked for three years at the University College Hospital London specializing in reproductive (fertility) medicine and surgery, Ultrasound scanning and laparoscopic surgery. We had our daughter while I was completing this training.
In 2000, we both successfully applied for consultant jobs at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, but moved in 2003 to take up our present posts as Consultant Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Bristol. Tim specializes in Fetal (baby) and Maternal problems during pregnancy.