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Supporting you and your patients

Our aim is to work closely with healthcare professionals, through medical cannabis education and collaboration, so we can support patient care. As the UK’s first and most experienced medical cannabis clinic, our service offers patients access to specialists in their condition.

A team of specialist healthcare professionals

We work with experienced clinicians across a broad spectrum of disciplines – caring for patients with a varied range of conditions and diagnoses.

All clinicians are trained to the highest level with experience in medical cannabis prescribing and use bespoke and disease-specific clinical and prescribing guidelines, developed using patient data.

Quality, second-to-none

We measure our success by the quality of care we provide and are dedicated to helping those patients who struggle to find relief from first-line treatments.

We employ the greatest number of prescribing physicians, who are all trained to the highest level on medical cannabis prescribing.

We have created, and maintain, the largest medical cannabis patient registry in the UK. This helps us to better understand the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis.

We’re proud to be the first medical cannabis clinic to be approved and regulated by the Care Quality Commission in the UK.

We are the UK’s highest rated clinic by the Care Quality Commission.

Training for our doctors

Our doctors are experts in the delivery of healthcare. In addition, they have undertaken extensive training in medical cannabis, informed by international best-practices.

Training for healthcare professionals

For UK healthcare professionals wanting to learn more about medical cannabis, we’ve put together a series of online learning modules – the only free, CPD certified content in the UK.

Sapphire Medical Cannabis Clinics
Sapphire Medical Cannabis Clinics

Ensuring safety in our practice

We have followed the guidance set by the GMC, MHRA and NHS England.

We are aligned to the most up to date research and continually monitor for any new developments.

We set up the UK Medical Cannabis Registry in 2019, to collect patient data to ensure Curaleaf Clinic always provides best-in-class care. We publish this data in peer-reviewed journals to transparently report our outcomes.

Multidisciplinary Team

Dr Michael Platt

Dr Michael Platt

MA MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA

Specialising in conditions causing Chronic Pain

Dr Platt has been a consultant and honorary senior lecturer in pain medicine and anaesthetics at Imperial College since 1991. Following medical training in Australia, he undertook specialist training in anaesthetics and pain medicine in London. He is a professional and highly effective senior consultant in pain medicine and anaesthetics with over 23 years in senior clinical leadership and specialist roles. In his NHS practice he is a senior consultant at the Imperial Pain Clinic and is frequently referred complex patients from other specialists in the UK and abroad.

Dr James Rucker

MBBS, BSc, MRCPsych, PhD

Specialising in Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr Rucker is an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, specialising in mood disorders, psychopharmacology and novel drug treatments combined with psychotherapy. He is also a Clinician Scientist (senior clinical lecturer level) at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Dr Shaheen Khan

BSc, MSc, MBBS, FRCP

Specialising in Palliative Care

Dr Shaheen Khan is a consultant in palliative medicine and lead clinician for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust community palliative care team, the training programme director for the King’s palliative medicine training scheme and the co-chair of the London Opioid Safety and Improvement Group. Dr Khan graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ Medical School, having also been awarded a first class honours degree in BSc Neuroscience and an MSc in palliative care from Kings’ College London. His clinical expertise is in complex symptom control and advance care planning.

Dr Mark Weatherall

MBBC, FRCP, PhD, MA

Specialising in Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Insomnia, Epilepsy, and Parkinson’s

Dr Mark Weatherall is a Consultant Neurologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Vice-Chair of the British Association for the Study of Headache and a former Trustee of the Migraine Trust. He was a highly regarded historian of medicine before studying clinical medicine at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. His clinical practice includes the treatment of headache, migraine, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and numerous other neurological disorders.

Dr Jonathan Hoare

MA, FRCP, PhD

Gastroenterology / General Medicine

Dr Hoare is a consultant gastroenterologist and head of endoscopy for the Imperial College hospitals. He trained at Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1993. He undertook a PhD as an MRC research fellow in viral hepatitis and gene therapy from 1998 until 2001. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of gastroenterology including inflammatory bowel disease and functional problems such as irritable bowel.

Dr Sushil Beri

MBBS, MD, DNB, MRCPCH

Paediatric Neurology

Dr Beri is a consultant paediatric neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He has trained at various university and teaching hospitals across the UK and he undertook his general paediatric training at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Dr Beri sees young children and adolescents with all kinds of acute and chronic neurological disorders including childhood epilepsy, faints and funny turns, migraines and other headaches, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular and neurogenetic disorders.

Curaleaf Consultants

Our growing team of Specialist Consultants expands beyond the Multi-Disciplinary Team and now includes the following clinicians. All of our doctors have been through an intense training programme to equip them with the skills required to safely prescribe cannabis-based medicines.

Dr Urmila Bhoskar

MBBS, MRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Symeon is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders including functional neurological disorder (FND) and brain injury. She currently works in low secure mental health services at St Andrew’s Healthcare, which provides specialist care for people with challenging mental health needs. Dr Bhoska assess a range of emotional and developmental disorders including PTSD, Personality disorder, attachment disorders, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD, ASD and other complex mental health disorders. She is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and assessment of ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).

Dr Chris Symeon

MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Symeon is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders including functional neurological disorder (FND) and brain injury. After qualifying from Barts and The London Medical School, he went on to complete his psychiatric training at South London and Maudsley (SLAM) and gain a masters in neuroscience from Kings College London. He has an interest in digital health and innovation. He is currently working as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at St George’s University NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Mona Mubarak

M.B, Ch.B, FCARCSI, EDRA, EDAIC, DipPain (CAI), FIPP, FFPMCAI

Chronic Pain Consultant

Dr. Mubarak is a full time Consultant in Chronic Pain Management and Anaesthesia, whose NHS practice was based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. Dr. Mubarak completed her Anaesthesia and Basic Pain Training in 2014. Upon completion of training, she joined the pain fellowship training program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, completing in 2015. Training in Ireland and Sydney included chronic pain management using a holistic approach with rehabilitation for chronic pain problems. Sydney Teaching University Hospital is a tertiary pain referral centre for treating pelvic pain in women. With an interest to further her skills in pain management with intention to specialise in cancer pain and neuromodulation, Dr. Mubarak joined another pain fellowship program in Leeds in 2016. In 2017, Mubarak’s passion for pain management extended to the USA, where she completed the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) examination.

Dr Ezzat Awad

MBBC, MRCP, Msc

General Neurology

Dr Ezzat Awad is a Neurology Consultant with special interest in Epilepsy and Functional Neurological Disorder at Mid and South Essex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Kavita Praveen

MBBS, MRCPsych, AFMCP

Paediatric Psychiatry

Dr Kavita Praveen has extensive experience, expertise and passion in the field of Mental Health both within the National Health Service and Independent Sector. She assesses and treats a range of emotional and developmental disorders including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD, ASD and other complex mental health disorders. She has specialism in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Praveen is also a Functional Medicine Practitioner having completed AFMCP (Applied Function Medicine in Clinical Practice) from Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr Azfer Usmani

MBBS, FRCA, FCARCSI, FFPMRCA

Pain Specialist

Dr. Azfer Usmani is presently working with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, Kent. He specializes in management of a wide array of chronic pain conditions using the latest techniques in pain management. He is trained in South East England in pain medicine and anaesthetics. A part of his training was at the Guys & St. Thomas Hospital as well as St. George’s Hospital. He obtained the FRCA and FFPMRCA qualifications from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK.

Dr Mohammed Sajad

MA MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA

Pain Specialist

Dr. Sajad graduated in 2005 from Birmingham and, since 2016, has been working as a consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Dudley Group of Hospitals in the West Midlands. After graduation, he undertook specialist Anaesthesia training in various hospitals across Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham with further specialisation in Pain Medicine. His currently serves as lead for the pain management programme and exam teaching for new trainee doctors at Dudley . Having completed a post graduate diploma in management of pain from the University of Edinburgh, he developed a keen interest in managing neuropathic pain including radicular back pain. In his current practice in the NHS, he sees a variety of pain disorders including Fibromyalgia, Post Herpetic Neuralgia, chronic regional pain syndrome and many more besides. He is an enthusiast in the role of Cannabinoids in chronic pain, particularly widespread pain.

Dr Wendy Holden

MBBS MSc FRCP DO

Specialising in Chronic Pain caused by Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and Endometriosis

Dr Wendy Holden is a Consultant Rheumatologist in North Hampshire and has additional training in pain management with a particular interest in all aspects of self-management to help with arthritis and chronic pain. Dr Holden sees patients with chronic painful conditions that are often difficult to treat with conventional medicines, including fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos syndrome Hypermobility Type as well as many other types of arthritis and painful conditions. Dr Wendy Holden is also Medical Advisor to Arthritis Action.

Multidisciplinary Team

Our MDT, including specialist doctors and highly experienced clinical pharmacists, will discuss each patient’s case following their consultation to agree the best course of action.

Patient experience

Through the Curaleaf Clinic Web App, patients have access to their self-reported care outcomes and quality of life metrics, empowering them to understand their progress over time.

Hassle-free Prescriptions

For eligible patients, once a prescription has been written, Curaleaf Clinic will organise delivery of the prescription to the nominated pharmacy.