Dr Peter Belfield was adopted by the city of Leeds in 1973 when he first attended Leeds University as a medical student. He was appointed as a consultant physician at Leeds General Infirmary in 1987, specialising in the care of older people. He went on to have a number of local, regional and national clinical leadership roles and between 2009 and 2013 was the medical director for Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. There he oversaw clinical leadership within the trust and was responsible for a medical workforce of 1,650 doctors.
He had a key role in maintaining quality in financially challenging times. As a responsible officer, he also dealt with a significant number of cases of doctors in difficulty or at risk. Since 2014 he has been an RCP college officer and the medical director for invited service reviews. He has completed 25 reviews in this time, helping to improve patient safety and ensure high-quality care is provided.