Dr Bristow qualified in 1980 from Exeter College Oxford and Guys Hospital Medical School. He did his initial training in casualty and anaesthetics, then joined St Bartholomew's psychiatry as Senior House Officer on rotation in 1983.
After taking MRCPsych, he conducted research into alcohol abuse under the supervision of Professor Anthony Clare. He completed higher training at Charing Cross as Clinical Lecturer to Professors Hirsch and Lewis, obtaining clinical expertise in general adult psychiatry, liaison psychiatry, substance misuse and rehabilitation.
Dr Bristow then became a Consultant in general adult psychiatry at Sutton Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at St George's Hospital Medical School. He remained at Sutton for 10 years, during this time he started in private practice, being Visiting Consultant at the Charter (now Capio) Hospitals between 1994-1999 in general psychiatry and substance misuse.
After starting as a Visiting Consultant at The Priory Hospital Woking in 2001 Dr Bristow became Lead Consultant of the Addiction Therapy programme in 2003 and joined the staff on a full time basis in 2004.
In 2010 Dr Bristow became Medical Director at the Priory Hospital in Woking 2010.
Medical Director Priory Hospital Woking
Lead Consultant – Addiction Treatment Programme Woking
Oct 05 - June 08 Lead Clinician, Farm Place Addiction Treatment Unit
April 04 – March 10 Staff Consultant Priory Hospital Woking
Feb 01 - March 04 Visiting Consultant Priory Hospital Woking
Feb 94 – Mar 04 Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, Cheam CMHT & Sutton Hospital.
Feb 94 – Jan 00 Senior lecturer in Community Psychiatry St George’s Hospital Medical School
Jun 90 - Jan 94 Lecturer and Hon Senior Registrar Charing Cross Hospital Medical School
Aug 89 - Jun 90 Senior Registrar in General and Liaison Psychiatry Charing Cross
Feb 87 - Jul 89 Research Registrar Alcohol Problems Clinic St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Oct 83 - Jan 87 SHO/Registrar Training Scheme St Bartholomew’s Hospital
FRCPsych 2008, Certificate in Psychopharmacology 2002, MRCPsych 1987
MA (Oxon) 1983, MBBS 1980, BA (Oxon) 1977