Dr Van Niekerk is the Medical Director of the Priory Bristol Hospital and a General Adult Psychiatrist.
Dr Van Niekerk graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He completed his specialist psychiatry training in Manchester. Dr Van Niekerk was part of the first cohort of Medical Leadership Trainees in the NW Deanery and completed the NHS Graduate Management scheme alongside his higher specialist training. He was a founding member of the Manchester Psychiatry Society and the past national Chair of the Royal College’s Psychiatry Training Committee.
Research and publications
Dr Van Niekerk’s main research interests include medical education, leadership development, service improvement and change management within healthcare settings.
Dr Van Niekerk has published in the areas of medical leadership, recruitment and training of psychiatrists.