Dr Graham Webb is an Engineer and Scientist with experience from a diverse range of industries; including robotics, underwater defence R&D and patient-focused medical engineering.
Graham's successes were gained through many setbacks. Along the way he has worked as a prison training manager, nightclub sound engineer, bar cleaner, play worker, SEN teaching assistant, A&E porter, science technician, bouncy castle supervisor and paper boy (in no particular order).
Everyone has two stories. The polished story we write to attract customers, and the story we as a Nation don’t know how to talk about. Graham has been encouraged to write about both in order to contribute to the discussion on mental health.
This is a website in progress, with updates on consultancy and project work and articles on various themes of mental health via the blog. This will include his experiences of Asperger's Syndrome, and the events, assaults, evictions, bankruptcy, homelessness and cancer that led to depression, suicidal thoughts, alcohol abuse and PTSD.
A hands-on fascination for science and engineering led him Graham into a traditional toolmakers apprenticeship in 1992 and then into industry.
To gain entry into University without A-Levels, Graham undertook evening classes that led towards the foundation engineering course at the University of Plymouth 1997. He then gained an undergradute degree in Robotics and Automated Systems in 2002. During that time he also worked as a Research Engineer in the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (now QinetiQ) developing above-water mobile robotics, and later under private contracts.
Graham focused into medical engineering in 2005, completing the Clinical Scientist Training Programme at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, where he studied Medical Electronics and Physiological Measurement (Neurophysiology, Audiology, Lung Function, Sleep Studies and Intensive Care), and at Queen Mary’s Hospital where he trained in Gait Rehabilitation in the Douglas Bader Rehabilitation Centre. He was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Science from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2007, and a PhD from the University of Surrey (2013) for developing a biofeedback training system that provides amputees with artificial sensory information to help improve their spatial awareness during rehabilitation.
He worked with Chas A Blatchford’s Ltd on an EU FP7 programme to develop a lower limb exoskeleton, and as a Post-doctoral researcher provided design advice on the mobility issues affecting older people.
Graham joined the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in 2014, as part of a team in the One Small Step Gait Laboratory assessing children with mobility impairments. He lectured at King’s College London on a range of MSc topics in medical engineering and clinical science and became a State Registered Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in 2017.
Following leave in 2016 to recover from surgery Graham joined the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey to support research activities.
Graham is now working independently as a consultant.
PhD "Real-time Electro-tactile Biofeedback for Amputee Gait Re-Training"
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Science
MSc in Biomedical Engineering
BEng 1st Class Honours in Robotics and Automated Systems
Foundation Engineering Degree (distinction)
NVQ Level 2 Business Administration
NVQ Level 3 Engineering Manufacture
NVQ Level 2 Engineering Manufacture
First Aid at Work Level 3
City and Guilds 2377 Electrical Equipment Maintenance and Testing (PAT)
City and Guilds 230 Computer Aided Engineering (NC/CNC) (pass with distinction)
City and Guilds 228 Mechanical Production (pass with distinction)
City and Guilds 201 General Engineering (pass with credit)
Chamber of Commerce & Industry Basic Engineering Training Certificate
5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including maths, science and technology
Plus the usual CPD courses like Hostage Negotiation, Fire Safety, Disarming Armed Perpetrators and Manual Handling.