I am Professor of Primary Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London. I qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales. I am accredited in both General Practice and Public Health Medicine. I began my academic career at St. George''s Hospital Medical School as a Lecturer in Epidemiology & Public Health Medicine. I was later promoted to Senior Lecturer in Primary Care. I then moved to a Senior Lecturer post at University College London, where I had a joint appointment between the School of Public Policy and the Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences. In 2000, I gained a five-year primary care senior scientist award, which allowed me to spend more time on research. I was promoted to Professor by University College London in 2002. I took up the post of Professor of Primary Care and Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College London in 2004.
My research interests are in:
- chronic disease management, particularly diabetes & cardiovascular disorders
- health policy and the organisation and delivery of health care
- the use of information for policy, planning and research
- developing innovative methodologies for primary care and public health research using clinical and administrative databases
- the use of new technology to improve health care
You can view a list of my recent publications on the Publications Page. I also have an important role in postgraduate education and training in both general practice and public health at Imperial College. I am the Chairman of the Imperial College Master of Public Health (MPH) programme. I am a member of the Steering Group of the Imperial GP Specialty Training Programme, the first GP Training Programme in England to be based in a medical school.
I am also Co-Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for NW London and Director of the NIHR London Research Design Service Team based at Imperial College. You can view my citation metrics using Google Scholar Citations. You can also view my Twitter Account for updates about my work.
I have an international role in public health and primary care through my position as Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training at Imperial College London. In this capacity, I have acted as an international adviser for WHO on areas such as health systems, universal coverage and primary care. I am also a member of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Collaboration, through which I contribute to research published in journals such as the Lancet.
I am a part-time general practitioner in the Clapham area of London, where I have worked since 1995. As a General Practitioner, I deal with all the typical medical, psychological and social problems that present in inner-city primary care. My clinical interests are in preventive healthcare, cardiovascular medicine and infectious diseases. You can learn more about my practice by taking a look at its website, http://www.claphamhealth.nhs.uk/. You can read my two blogs at http://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/medical-centre/ and http://www.medical-centre.blogspot.com/. I also contribute to the Department of Primary Care & Public Health Blog and the MPH Blog. I also publish updates on my work on Facebook and my Imperial College blog.
Enquiries from prospective PhD students are welcome in any of the research areas listed above or in related areas. Current and past PhD students have undertaken studies on a wide ranging selection of projects, including prescribing policy in Thailand, obesity management in Brunei, health care equity, deaths from drug overdose, the impact of pay for performance schemes on quality of care, ethnic and socio-economic differences in the management of diabetes and its complications, sceening for diabetes and other chronic diseases, the use of new technology to improve health care, sickle cell disease, and medical ethics.
My Inaugural Lecture was held on 22 May 2006 with the theme "Using Primary Care Data for Epidemiological and Health Services Research". Please see the links to the Lecture below.
An Example of my Research
The figure below gives a key finding from one of my research articles. In this study, along with colleagues from the USA, Australia and New Zealand, I carried out a study of primary care practice in three countries. The figure shows annual exposure to primary care physicians in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. There are striking differences between the countries that may have important implications for the provision of effective health services.
et al., 2019, Time spent being sedentary: an emerging risk factor for poor health, British Journal of General Practice, Vol:69, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:278-279
et al., 2019, Rethinking primary care user fees: is charging a fee for appointments a solution to NHS underfunding?, Br J Gen Pract, Vol:69, Pages:280-281
et al., The impact of mobile health applications on self- management in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: protocol of a systematic review, Bmj Open, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2019, Global, regional, and national burden of stroke, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, Lancet Neurology, Vol:18, ISSN:1474-4422, Pages:439-458
et al., Impact of integrating pharmacists into primary care teams on health systems indicators: a systematic review, British Journal of General Practice, ISSN:0960-1643