Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Director of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC), RCGP, UNITED KINGDOM

Simon is a senior academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, he leads the Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes research group ( 


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).   

Simon has been 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.  Data shown at this database are used in this meeting.  Our network collects very fresh data processed and published within a week of recording.  The current size of the network is >4 million currently registered, 10 million ever registered patients.  We have developed a series of practice dashboards to provide

Simon continues to be a practicing GP, he has also been a partner at his practice, for over 30 years and remains active in the local health community.  He was added to the Guildford Borough – University of Surrey “Roll of Honour” for his contribution to the local community.

Selected relevant experience

  • Simon as Director of the RCGP RSC works closely with Public Health England to report circulating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, other respiratory illnesses, and vaccine effectiveness.
  • Collaborator with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) led by Prof Ajit Lalvani at Imperial College, London.
  • Work package lead in the recent European project Models of Child Health Appraised (MOCHA) project led by Prof Mitch Blair, Imperial College London
  • Active interest in direct measurement of disparities in health care and direct measurement of household spread (strictly household incidence) of disease.
  • Wide experience of using routine data to measure health outcomes in diabetes, cardiovascular and renal disease, rheumatology and mental health