Dr John Sharkey qualified in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1989. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1998.

Dr Sharkey receives instructions to prepare independent psychiatric reports in personal injury and clinical negligence cases from solicitors representing both the plaintiff and defence.  He is registered with the GMC and IMC (Irish Medical Council). 

Since 2008, Dr Sharkey has been the Chairperson of the Northern Irish branch of the Private and Independent Practitioners Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  He has also been a GMC associate for the last decade providing independent assessment and supervison for doctors in Fitness to Practise cases.