Robert Farley


I am gay and I am a medical physicist specalising in radiotherapy physics. //

I’m a Consultant Clinical Scientist and the Head of Medical Physics at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I am also Director of the Professional and Standards Council and LGBTQ+ network mentor at the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. When I started my scientific career in the late 1980s in chemistry, there were very few, if any, LGBTQ+ role models that I was aware of. Nevertheless, I came out as gay in the early 1990s during my doctorate and have stayed out during my entire career. In 2003 I joined the National Health Service and retrained in medical physics, specialising in radiotherapy physics; I felt isolated until recently, as I didn’t know of any other LGBTQ+ medical physicists. I’m fortunate to work in a role that straddles science and healthcare, as this enables me to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in both arenas. I’m also lucky to live on the edge of the beautiful North York moors with my husband of more than 20 years.