Dr “Sandy” Burnfield is a retired Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He offers consultation, advice and supervision to health, social care and education professionals in the independent sector.
More recently he has become interested in exploring the therapeutic potential of Paso Fino horses – hoping to make this smooth gaited breed available for psychological and physical riding therapy.
An active member of the MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and having had the disease himself for many years, he is President of the Andover and the Winchester Branches. He was the Second Jack Pritchard Memorial Lecturer and Gold Medallist at the Queen’s University, Belfast (1983) on the subject of Doctors and MS Patients: Improving Communication. He helped to found Persons with MS International and establish it as a central part of the MS International Federation (MSIF).
As well as facilitating seminars on the psychological impact of illness and disability he is an occasional contributor to TV and radio. Dr Burnfield chaired the University of Southampton’s MS Survey Advisory Group and was medical advisor for the film Duet for One. He is author of Multiple Sclerosis: A Personal Exploration (Souvenir Press, London – reprinted 2001), and of other publications and translations on the emotional and relationship aspects of MS and disability. His book for young people, Multiple Sclerosis (Need to Know) has recently been published by Heinemann Library.
Sandy is married to Penny, an artist/designer, and they live near the river Test in Hampshire, UK. We have two daughters, five grand children and three great grand children.
Dr Alexander (Sandy) Burnfield has now retired from his work as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. However Sandy is available for explorative and therapeutic conversation, mentoring and extrarvision on a non-medical basis. Most work now is with Health, Social and Educational professionals. Work is insured by the Psychologists/Practitioners Protection Society.
Dr Alexander J Burnfield