rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.

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About Phil

Phil Knight started work in the National Health Service in Leeds in 1989 before going to Hull University to read American Studies and then moved into private medical sales and marketing in 1994. He now owns two business focused in the private medical sector and works with senior clinicians and healthcare providers on a daily basis advising on a variety of healthcare issues. He is also a Member of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is interested in all aspects of healthcare and regularly blogs on related medical, business and technology issues and also hosts the only podcast in the country focusing on private medical insurance. He is lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire but has clients across the UK and internationally. He is married to Hazel, a Senior HR Manager with two children : Megan aged 13 and Ryan, 7. His interests include technology, podcasting, science fiction and martial arts - he is a Second Dan Black Belt in Tai Sabaki Do Karate and 2nd Kyu Brown Belt in Shukokai Karate so health and fitness dominate both his business and personal life. Read his blog at and visit his websites : and

Alternative Medicine modalities – should we just accept them ?


Sometime ago I posted a series of articles here covering off my skeptical world view and position on non-scientifically based medical treatments. Please feel free to review them at your leisure. In ensuing months there have been several critical comments … Continue reading


NHS Accident and Emergency Update


It has been some time since I last posted on Talk Health, the delay has simply been down to pressure of work and also I suppose partly a dearth of decent topics on which to expound. However I ended up … Continue reading


A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Three – What’s the harm ?


It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to post on Talk Health Partnership. This is despite a range of subjects interesting and moving me to want to comment. As ever, time is one of a select few commodities … Continue reading


Death (now that got your attention) a [slightly] funny blog post


It’s been a while since I posted on Talk Health and morbidly, for reasons I will not bore you with I have been thinking about the grim reaper. The top five causes of death in the UK (according to the … Continue reading


Do people buy ‘go private’ because the NHS is bad ?


In the United Kingdom the historic premise behind the National Health Service (NHS) has always been medical care free to the user at the point of delivery. It should of course never be forgotten that the NHS is anything but … Continue reading


Media misrepresentation of the National Health Service


In previous posts I’ve discussed my opinions on the NHS and regular readers of my other blog (details of my ‘Localventure’ blog are below) will know I also post regularly about media coverage of medical issues. In particular, I loathe … Continue reading


Crisis within the NHS Accident and Emergency Function


Part 3 of my Skeptical Approach to Medicine is planned out and en route but today I wanted to explore a slightly different topic. There is according to the media a crisis within the A & E Function of the … Continue reading


A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Two – Don’t just accept what you hear


In the first part of this article that I posted I discussed my world view with regards to skepticism and tried to give a basic definition for how to approach both science and medicine and identified what I would view … Continue reading


A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part One : Supplements, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM)


As readers of my posts here and also at my own blog (see link below) will know I am (amongst other things) a financial services professional operating in the private medical market and most decidedly not a clinician. However, I … Continue reading


Sir Robert Edwards : 27 September 1927 to 13 April 2013


Last week a true scientific, medical and humanitarian giant lost his long fight with a serious lung disease. Literally a genius whose advancements in fertility science defined the final third of the 20th Century and to whom millions are grateful. … Continue reading


Cardiac Surgery Fiasco at the Leeds Health Trust


As a resident of Leeds, a professional in the healthcare sector and a member of the Leeds Hospitals Trust it would be a understatement to say that I am interested in the recent saga of childrens cardiac surgery at the … Continue reading


NHS versus Private Healthcare … a personal journey


Welcome to my first Talkhealth blog post. I deal with a range of health issues on a daily basis during my working life and regularly run through a variety of them on my business blog and my regular podcast but … Continue reading