Dr Benjamin BrownMRCGP, MSc, MPH, PhD

NIHR Clinical Lecturer

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Overview

I am a General Practitioner (GP; primary care physician) and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer.

I build and evaluate software that uses advanced analytics to drive improvements in health care effectiveness and efficiency.

I have skills in: analysis of primary care electronic health record data; machine learning; software design, development, evaluation, and implementation; qualitative research and its meta-synthesis.

I hold a joint position between the Centre for Health Informatics and the Centre for Primary Care, and am currently involved in the following research grants:

My full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Biography

I qualified as a GP in 2014 and completed a PhD in Health Informatics in 2017 as a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow. During my PhD I developed clinical performance feedback software for primary care called PINGR (the Performance Improvement plaN GeneratoR). PINGR analyses data in patients' electronic health records (EHRs) to suggest actions health professionals could take to improve care in accordance with clinical guidelines. The software has been adopted by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, and is being used by GP practices across the city.

Prior to my PhD, I trained to be a GP as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow, and completed an MSc at The University of Birmingham's Health Services Management Centre in 2012. Between 2009 and 2010 I undertook a Fellowship in health services management at the North West Strategic Health Authority where I provided clinical input to regional Urgent Care policy.

I have previously been awarded the British Computer Society’s Primary Health Care Specialist Group’s inaugural Early Career Informatician Award, the Royal College of General Practitioners' (RCGP) Specialty Trainee Award, an RCGP Great Expectations Award, and a National Leadership Council Emerging Leader Award. I have served on RCGP Council as Chair of the national Associates in Training Committee, and the Executive Committee of the Society for Academic Primary Care.

Qualifications

MB ChB, University of Manchester, 2007

MSc (Distinction), University of Birmingham, 2012 

Member of the Royal College of GPs (MRCGP), 2014

MPH (Distinction), University of Manchester, 2017

PhD, Health Informatics, University of Manchester, 2017

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