Dr Hartland qualified in Medicine in 1991, having won a scholarship whilst at medical school. His interest in Bariatric Medicine developed during his postgraduate medical training. In 2002 he was appointed Consultant Chemical Pathologist at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust (covering Northwick Park, St Mark’s, Central Middlesex and Willesden Hospitals). In 2003 he initiated the NorthWest London Hospitals NHS Trust Specialist Medical Weight Management Clinic with Dr Anthony Leeds. This was only the second NHS medical weight management clinic in London and became a model for the establishment of secondary care weight management clinics.
In 2004, Dr Hartland returned to the West Midlands, being appointed Consultant Chemical Pathologist with a Special Interest in Diabetes at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust and becoming the Trust’s Medical Lead for Obesity Services. Walsall Hospital is a designated Tertiary Referral centre for Bariatric Surgery. Dr Hartland, together with Mr Amir Khan, has led the development of this service into a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence.
In 2009 Dr Hartland became Medical Lead in the Development of Walsall PCTs Level 3 Medical Weight Management Services. These services are some of the first Level 3 services to be developed in line with Dept of Health policy and have become a model for their development.
He became a member of the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in 2006 and was invited to become the inaugural Chair of the West Midlands Section of the National Obesity Forum in 2008. He was Medical Lead of the Walsall PCT Team developing Walsall’s Pathway for the Management and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity. This team was a finalist in the National Health Service Journal Awards 2009. He was also a member of the Walsall Team which was runner –up in the British Medical Journal Hospital Doctor of the Year Awards 2008 (One-Vision Category – for collaborative work between Primary and Secondary Care).
He has given lectures on the management of obesity both Nationally and Internationally. He is currently President of the Pathology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and organised that Section’s successful Obesity meeting in 2005. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Division of Medicine, University of Birmingham.
He is Quality Lead for the Pathology School, West Midlands Deanery, a position he has held since 2009.