Imperial College London

Dr Alan J Poots

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Information Analyst



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Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





Alan is a translational research scientist providing project and research management; focussing data collection, analysis, and programme evaluation. 

In his current role as Principal Information Analyst at National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West London (NIHR CLAHRC NWL), at the Chelsea and Westminster Campus, Alan supports clinical teams with the application of quality improvement techniques.  He has interests in improvement science, systems thinking, applied statistics, data visualisations including geo-spatial and temporal analyses of variation; emergency flow data analyses; and public engagement with science.   Alan has advanced applied statistical knowledge (including GLM, MNL, and CART) and GIS experience. He previously worked as a quantitative and qualitative researcher in the tourism sector.

Alan read Biological Sciences followed by MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Hertford College, University of Oxford, and PhD Ecology and Environmental Economics at the University of Reading.  He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Poots AJ, Reed JE, Woodcock T, et al., 2017, How to attribute causality in quality improvement: lessons from epidemiology., Bmj Qual Saf

Poots AJ, Jubraj B, Barnett NL, 2017, Education around deprescribing: 'spread and embed' the story so far, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy-science and Practice, Vol:24, ISSN:2047-9956, Pages:7-9

Marvin V, Kuo S, Poots AJ, et al., 2016, Applying quality improvement methods to address gaps in medicines reconciliation at transfers of care from an acute UK hospital, Bmj Open, Vol:6, ISSN:2044-6055

Schmidtke KA, Poots AJ, Carpio J, et al., 2017, Considering chance in quality and safety performance measures: an analysis of performance reports by boards in English NHS trusts, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:26, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:61-69

Duraisingham S, Jubraj B, Marvin V, et al., 2015, Stopping Inappropriate medicines in the outpatient setting., Geriatric Medicine, Vol:45, Pages:35-35

Wolrich J, Poots AJ, Kuehler BM, et al., 2014, Is number sense impaired in chronic pain patients?, Br J Anaesth, Vol:113, Pages:1024-1031

Lovett DA, Poots AJ, Clements JTC, et al., 2014, Using geographical information systems and cartograms as a health service quality improvement tool., Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, Vol:10, ISSN:1877-5845, Pages:67-74

Poots AJ, Green SA, Honeybourne E, et al., 2014, Improving mental health outcomes: achieving equity through quality improvement., Int J Qual Health Care, Vol:26, Pages:198-204

Poots AJ, Woodcock T, 2012, Statistical process control for data without inherent order, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Vol:12, ISSN:1472-6947

Woodcock T, Poots AJ, Bell D, 2013, The impact of changing the 4 h emergency access standard on patient waiting times in emergency departments in England, Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol:30, ISSN:1472-0205

Poots AJ, Green SA, Barnes R, et al., 2012, Using routine geo-coded data to identify geographical heterogeneity to reduce disparities: Case studies in UK, Gis: Proceedings of the Acm International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, Pages:40-43

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