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Health informatics, particularly clinical outcome modelling and digital wellbeing.


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Personal profile


I have a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics and a DPhil in Computer Science from the University of York. After graduation I worked in the Department of Computer Science at York until 1995 when I moved to Portsmouth.

My early research interests were in software engineering. I was a member of the York Ada Compiler project, and later in my time at York I worked on debugging large-scale distributed systems. I also worked in computer applications to sport, in which role I worked with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and developed the computerised scoring system that controlled their electronic scoreboard for many years.

Since about 1998, I have been working in the field of health informatics, initially in telemedicine, telecare and telehealth (with Richard Curry), but more recently in clinical outcome modelling (with David Prytherch).

Research Interests

  • Director, Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics
  • Health informatics
  • Clinical outcome modelling
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Telehealth
  • Technology for health
  • Computers in sport
  • Officiating sport

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach Web programming (with software engineering and security connotations) at both undergraduate and masters level. In the past, I've taught introductory and advanced programming units, data structures, computer architecture, software engineering, health informatics and security and confidentiality.


I'm Director of the Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics (CHMI). The Centre does a wide variety of work but is best known for its contributions to clinical outcome modelling in the area of patient deterioration.

Additionally, I am the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Technology.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. These should be directed to me by email in the first instance. Interested journalists can also contact the University's Media and Communications team for support and advice on all media engagement, including out of hours.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of York

Oct 1980Sep 1983

Award Date: 1 Jul 1984

BA (Hons), University of York

Oct 1977Jun 1980

Award Date: 1 Jul 1980

External positions

Member of the AI in Health and Care Award panel, National Institute for Health Research

1 Mar 202028 Feb 2022

Member, Future Leaders programme Peer Review College, UK Research and Innovation

20 Aug 2018 → …

Member, Peer Review College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

12 Feb 2018 → …

Reviewer for Associate Peer Review College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

26 Sep 201612 Feb 2018

Honorary principal lecturer, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19 Aug 201531 Jan 2019

Honorary senior research fellow, University of Oxford

1 Apr 201530 Sep 2021

Reviewer for the Wellcome Trust/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wellcome Trust



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