Peter Tate qualified as a doctor at Newcastle in 1968. After spells as a P&O Surgeon and as a trainee in Kentish Town he was a family doctor for 30 years.
He retired as Convenor (Chief examiner) of the MRCGP examination in 2007. He is the joint author of The Doctor's Communication Handbook with daughter Liz now in its 7th edition (June 2014). He is also the author of The Other Side of Medicine, a collection of essays and short stories. Peter has written a novel SeaSickness an autobiographical a sad and funny account of life as a young ships doctor. Recently updated and republished in March 2017.
He was a co author of The Consultation and The New Consultation published by OUP.
Two years ago he wrote and presented three DVDs to help improve doctor patient communication: Effective Consulting: The Five Key Tasks, Effective Consulting: Interpersonal Tasks for the CSA and Effective Consulting: Developing an Efficient Consulting Style, all available at Amazon.
He has lectured widely on communication issues. Peter was awarded the MBE in 2008. In the USA he was jointly awarded,with David Pendleton, Theo Schofield and Peter Havelock, the prestigious 2011 Lynn Payer Award for outstanding contributions to the literature on the theory, practice and teaching of effective healthcare communication and related skills.
He is now semi retired and lives in Corfe Castle.
As a challenge from hiw wife, Judy, he has written an Irish Ghost Story Seanachai available on Amazon using the pseudonym of Padraigh Etat. (www.seanachai.info)