Dr Kirkland is a multi-award winning freelance investigative journalist and a working General Practitioner. She qualified as a doctor in 2005 and also has a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Birmingham. In 2013, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Cardiff University and two years later was a mentee of the John Schofield Trust.

Dr Kirkland has researched and reported investigations for TV, radio and print outlets including: Panorama, BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Radio 4, Newsnight and the Guardian. Her ground breaking investigations have been discussed in the House Commons and led to changes in regulation. She continues to work as a General Practitioner in London, as well as regularly providing out of hours care.

In October 2019 she was presented with the prestigious annual HealthWatch Award.


Conflicts of interest

Dr Kirkland is paid on a freelance basis from media organisations. She is also paid for work as a General Practitioner for in and out of hours care in England.

In 2018-2019 she was on the Executive Committee of the Medical Journalists’ Association.