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    Greg is an academic General Practitioner with an interest in primary care research and medical education. He has received three consecutive personal National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships  including a Academic Clinical Fellow, Doctoral and Academic Clinical Lecturer awards and an external grant capture of over £4 million. He completed his medical training in Nottingham before going onto postgraduate studies in Oxford and Liverpool then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Cambridge. He has also previously studied as a Global Clinical Scholar at Harvard University. Clinically Greg works as an General Practitioner and Consultant in Primary Care in St.Helens.

    Research interests

    Greg is Director of the Health Research Institute and Director of the Edge Hill Primary and Integrated Care (EPIC). Greg's research interests have focused on developing and evaluating complex interventions for use in primary care. He has experience in systematic reviews, randomised trials, observational studies along with qualitative research approaches. Greg is the Deputy Lead for the NIHR North West Coast Complex Intervention Theme and Deputy Speciality GP Lead for NIHR North West Coast Clinical Research Network. Greg currently supervises two NIHR North West Coast Applied Research Collaboration PhD studentships (Anna Evans and Lucy Kaluvu) focusing multimorbidity and health care use utilising data from the Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (CIPHA) platform.  


    Greg is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. He leads the complexity and uncertainty theme on the MBChB at Edge Hill Medical School. His medical education interests reflect those of his research interests and in addition have focused on global health, workplace based training and role modelling.

    External engagement

    Greg is the National Speciality Lead for General Practice in the NIHR Research Delivery Network. His is also an Associate Medical Director of Research for NHS Cheshire & Merseyside. He is a nationally elected member of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Executive committee. He sits on the NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research funding panel. Greg has previously sat on the NICE Medical Technology Advisory committee, the UK National Screening Committee and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Council. He is Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is a past recipient of the highly prestigious Yvonne Carter award for primary care research. Internationally he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) information, evidence and research cluster and was the research lead for the WONCA Vasco da Gama movement. Greg is currently a supervisor on the 'UpCARE' Yokohama-Kawasaki Urban Primary Care and Social Medicine Fellowship program in Japan.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


    • R Medicine
    • RA Public aspects of medicine

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Edge Hill Primary and Integrated Care Research Centre
    • Data Science STEM Research Centre
    • Data and Complex Systems Research Centre
    • Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre


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