Dr Sandy Burnfield
Dr “Sandy” Burnfield is a retired Consultant
in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. No longer
involved in medical practice, he offers consultation,
advice and supervision to health, social care and education
professionals in the independent sector. He supervises
therapeutic sessions at the Corn Loft Art Studio in
Hampshire (UK) and is Consultant in Psychological and
Therapeutic Approaches to Fairways Care (UK) - a residential
and fostercare service for children and teenagers in
the south of England. He is a Trustee of The Multiple
Sclerosis Trust (UK), The Golden Buddha Centre (UK)
and a Director of A. Burnfield & Sons Ltd (Farmers).
More recently he has become interested in exploring
the therapeutic potential of Paso Fino horses -
to make this smooth gaited breed available for psychological
and physical riding therapy.
An active member of the MS Society of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, and having had the disease himself
for many years, he is President of the Andover and the
Winchester Branches. He was the Second Jack
Pritchard Memorial Lecturer and Gold Medallist at the
Queen's University, Belfast (1983) on the subject of
Doctors and MS Patients: Improving Communication.
He helped to found “Persons with MS International”
establish it as a central part of the MS International
As well as facilitating seminars on the psychological
impact of illness and disability he is an occasional
contributor to TV and radio. Dr Burnfield
chaired the University of Southampton's MS Survey Advisory
Group and was medical advisor for the film Duet for
One. He is author of Multiple Sclerosis:
A Personal Exploration (Souvenir Press, London - reprinted
2001), and of other publications and translations on
the emotional and relationship aspects of MS and disability.
His book for young people, Multiple Sclerosis (Need
to Know) has recently been published by Heinemann Library.
Sandy is married to Penny, an artist/designer, and they
live near the river Test in Hampshire, UK. They
have two daughters and five young grandchildren.