Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Head of Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Surrey, Director of RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC), RCGP, UNITED KINGDOM

Simon is a senior academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Chair in Health Care Management, and Head of Department of Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at University of Surrey. 


The department brings together the all the medically qualified people at the University, spanning from surveillance, to diabetes, sleep, cancer research, a Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Phase I clinical research facility and a Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). Simon also leads a Surrey Heartlands Academy Primary Care Clinical Academic Group. Simon is the Director of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) since 2013.  The RCGP RSC is the national surveillance network for monitoring infectious disease and vaccine effectiveness.  This post involves directing the research team who collect and analyse data from across this network.

Simon’s main research interests are surveillance, quality improvement, measuring health outcomes from routine data, and incorporating new roles into clinical workflow, particularly those enabled by  new technologies.  He is keen to develop more robust methods of collecting and harnessing real world evidence (RWE).   His currenty grant portfolio is valued at >£7 million.

Simon continues to be a practicing GP, he has also been a partner at his practice, for over 30 years and has been active in the local health community. 

Selected relevant experience

  • Involvement in a wide range of projects around the introduction of new roles/ways of working/workforce change in the health service and teamwork. These have ranged from evaluation of the impact of community nursing teams on hospital admissions, evaluation of integrated care – specifically falls services, through to the evaluation of physician associates in primary care. 
  • Simon has been part of the national team evaluating the use of PAs in primary and secondary care. The primary care evaluation is complete and the secondary care evaluation in write-up.  This has provided a unique overview of the roles taken up within the NHS.  Simon’s role within the evaluation has been around looking at case-mix, complexity, and integration into clinical teams. 
  • In both Simon’s current Department at the University of Surrey, and in his previous role as head of primary care at St. George’s, he established Physician (Assistant) Associate courses. The course at St George’s is now well established and that at Surrey has seen its first group of graduates.  Both courses were set up with Physician Associate leads but with a substantial proportion of academic general practitioner lead due to the generalist nature of GP work.  Whilst initially many graduates went on to work in primary care there is now a greater update of posts in secondary care.

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