SandbachGPs (www.sandbachgps.nhs.uk) is one of the 10 largest primary care centres in the UK looking after 21000+ patients. It operates out of purpose built modern premises with a range of on site facilities including minor operations suite, large physiotherapy gym, hydrotherapy pool and consultation and treatment rooms as well as conference and teaching facilities. As well as GP services, the building hosts a range of specialist services including ENT, Opthalmology and Dermatology clinics, Vasectomy and Audiology providers and a range of community services including podiatry.
Dr Paul’s main interests are cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, gastroenterology, prescribing and IT. He also is the practice lead for steroid injections performing over 200 a year (injecting shoulders, elbows, carpal tunnel, thumbs, fingers, trochanteric bursitis, knees, ankles and of course tennis elbow…basically anything) having trained in Rheumatology at the now closed Devonshire Royal hospital in Buxton.
Dr Paul currently does 5 clinical sessions in the practice and has various other roles including being an Executive Board Member for NHS South Cheshire CCG.
He is a regular author on the subject of IT in GP magazine a trade publication and writes a monthly column for e-health insider website.
He setup a research team in his practice and is the principal investigator for several Research Trials employing two full time research nurses and working closely with other practices in the area.
Dr Paul has been heavily involved with Health2Works as part of their web 2.0 accelerator project trying to update GP websites for the future.
He started writing iPhone software in 2009 and has launched numerous apps written by himself. The first as a test was iCalcRisk. Then came the iMCQs and A2Z apps which have expanded and has written several others included a hypnosis app. He is interested to hear of any health care practitioners who are interested in writing questions or pages for his apps or indeed any one who has a great idea that they want to develop but haven’t worked out how to.
He is married with 4 Kids and lives in Nantwich, Cheshire where his wife is a GP Partner at Kiltearn Medical Centre. In his spare time he is obsessed by photography and barbecues having commissioned several custom ones to be made and helps a friend run Great Fire Of Nantwich providing IT support.