Dr Pepperell has been a full-time NHS consultant physician for 21 years. His undergraduate training was completed in Cambridge and London before training in anaesthetics, ventilation and intensive care medicine in Bristol and the South West. He completed his specialist training in Oxford following an extensive research fellowship at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals in sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease.
Dr Pepperell has a thriving practice in respiratory and general medicine running specialist clinics in a full range of lung disorders and sleep medicine.
Dr Pepperell has developed advanced techniques in bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and medical thoracoscopy for investigating all forms of lung disease. He runs a fully equipped sleep laboratory with the ability to run home multichannel video sleep studies. Sleep studies and complex lung function testing is performed at Musgrove Park Hospital / Somerset Lung Centre and through the Clinical investigations unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.
Dr Pepperell has been secretary of the British Thoracic Society, on the Committee of the Royal College of Physicians, and representative Board Member on the NHS England Long term Plan Delivery Board. He has contributed to NICE guidance, Health Technology Authority appraisals, international respiratory medicine guidelines and NHS England Policies.
As director of research for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, he has recruited thousands of patients to practice-changing clinical trials in sleep apnoea, COVID and lung disease. He has extensive experience in Medicolegal report writing for Asbestos-related lung disease, sleep disorders, personal injury and occupational lung disease.
Dr Pepperell has a strong interest in rowing having rowed for Cambridge in the boat race. He continues his involvement in water sports through rowing commentary, fishing, kayaking and surfing. A keen gardener and married to Sally a GP, Dr Pepperell keeps bees, sheep and chickens and breeds Labradors.
Dr Pepperell has a strong research background in sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease with over 30 peer-reviewed publications.
He runs an active research programme. He is principle investigator for over five national trials running at present and supports a team of three research nurses. He has recruited more patients than any other centre in the UK to 2 of these trials in the last 2 years.
Dr Pepperell sits on the steering committee for four national trials and is
invited to review health technology authority and Medical research Council
Training Fellowship applications.
- Referral from GP
- Royal College of Physicians
- British Thoracic Society
- British Sleep Society
- General Medical Council
- European Sleep Research Society
- West Country Chest Society
- British Lung Foundation
Other posts held
- The Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust