Based in the heart of Manchester, we have an expert, professional team.
Our team’s aim is to greatly improve the performance, delivery, analytical power and support for diagnostic services for patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.
We provide tests that help to diagnose the underlying causes of patient’s symptoms and work with our clinical partners to tailor manage strategies to bring resolution to often long-standing and relapsing conditions.
Our team combines laboratory expertise with extensive clinical knowledge, which allows FGD to push the boundaries of research in the field of functional gut disorders.
Anthony is an internationally renowned Consultant Clinical Scientist with experience across the NHS and private healthcare sectors as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Anthony trained in Manchester and gained a broad base of experience in assessing gut function from ‘top to bottom’ covering areas such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), incontinence and constipation. Anthony’s industry experience provided further training in designing and implementing clinical trials to test experimental approaches and novel treatments in conditions like IBS, an area he is still passionate about.
Anthony’s long standing vision is that the highest quality Gastro-Intestinal Physiology testing should be available to all patients and as such he has set up mobile clinics with several NHS centres to provide these services.
Anthony has been recognised as advancing the field of GI Physiology by winning several prestigious awards including the Department of Health and Chief Scientific Officer’s ‘Young Healthcare Scientist’ of the year. Anthony has also been awarded the Functional Brain-Gut Young Investigator award (United States) and the EFIC Grunethal Young investigator in Pain award (Germany).
Anthony has published over 200 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters including two first author publications in Gastroenterology. A frequent speaker at conferences around the globe about advances in GI Physiology, Anthony also provides lectures to train UK doctors to help them understand more about the applications of GI Physiology testing.
Amanda is the Practice and Registered Manager at Functional Gut Diagnostics Ltd, and has 20 years’ experience working in Finance and Administrative Management roles within both Public and Private Sectors.
Amanda’s experience has covered a large number of management roles most recently within Manchester City Council and therefore is very familiar with regulatory compliance. Her roles within the Council were highly focused on customer care and safeguarding individuals with a requirement to undertake training on mental health issues, equality and diversity, first aid and ILM Level 3.
After 12 years of working for Manchester City Council, Amanda was invited to join the FGD team to lead on the Administration functions to ensure the smooth running of the Manchester Clinic, and provide the efficient processing and distribution of Diagnostic equipment and consumables.
Charlotte PitcherGas Chromatography Scientist & Trainee Clinical GI Physiologist
A recent graduate in BSc Biomedical Science from the University of Warwick, Charlotte is one of three graduates beginning the new role of Trainee Gas Chromatography Scientist and GI Physiologist at Functional Gut Diagnostics. Charlotte will be closely involved with gastrointestinal breath tests and over the next three years will gain experience analysing samples, supporting technical sales, and performing clinical testing to become a practitioner in GI Physiology.
Charlotte has relocated to Manchester for the role and is excited about new opportunities with Functional Gut Diagnostics, particularly in research and public education. As a keen cook and baker, she is also interested in the effects of diet on patient wellbeing.
Jordan HaworthGas Chromatography Scientist & Trainee Clinical GI Physiologist
Jordan is part of the graduate training scheme to become a clinical GI physiologist specialising in gas chromatography analysis. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc in Biomedical Science, Jordan has a keen interest in the relationship between the immune system and gastrointestinal function. Recent scientific evidence suggests that autoreactive antibodies could be a potential cause of IBS, so with the availability of IBSchek™, he hopes more patients can get a confirmed diagnosis.
Jordan looks forward to working on novel research studies and achieving status as an independent practitioner under guidance of the excellent clinical team here at Functional Gut Diagnostics.
Sarah Smith Gas Chromatography Scientist & Trainee Clinical GI Physiologist
Sarah achieved an Integrated Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 2018 and then joined the graduate training scheme at Functional Gut Diagnostics to become a clinical Gastrointestinal Physiologist/Gas Chromatography Scientist. She works closely with the other trainees to analyse patient breath test samples and is working to gain competency in all other diagnostic tests to achieve status as an independent practitioner through the guidance of the clinical team.
Sarah’s academic and industrial placements during her degree have given her experience in the development of diagnostic tests and sample analysis and hopes in the future to bring more tests to the clinic.
Shlomie has over 4 years experience working within the private medical sector, specialising in administrative reception and sales. Shlomie also enjoys meeting people and is always happy to answer any queries that you may have. Shlomie has 2 children and in her free time she enjoys going on days out and having fun with them.
Caroline has spent over 20 years in the secretarial field working in various reception and administration roles. With her knowledge and expertise Caroline handles all calls efficiently and welcomes patients in a friendly, professional manner.
In her spare time Caroline enjoys going to concerts and walking her beloved Greyhound.