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Prof Paul Wallace
Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Holborn Un
Archway Campus, Highgate H
London
N19 5LW
Tel: 0044 7768798859
Fax: 004420 7794 1224
Appointment
  • Emeritus Professor of Primary Health Care
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
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Research Summary
Background After completing my specialist training as a general practitioner, I was awarded a Sir Jules Thorne Research Fellowship and then an MRC Epidemiology Training Fellowship with the MRC General Practice Research Framework. I was subsequently appointed Senior Lecturer in General Practice at St Mary's (now Imperial College), and took up my current professorial appointment at UCL in 1993. Research My research has focused on the role of general practice in promoting healthy lifestyle with particular reference to the detection and management of patients with excessive alcohol consumption. I was the principal investigator on a major randomized controlled trial on this subject, carried out by the MRC GPRF. During my appointment in St Mary's, I led a programme of research on the promotion of healthy lifestyle in older people. Following my professorial appointment at UCL, I developed a major programme of research on the role of eHealth applications for patients seen in primary care, securing substantial external grant funding to conduct a programme of studies culminating in a large-scale multi centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint teleconsultations versus standard outpatient appointments for patients referred by their general practitioner for a specialist opinion. My most recent research focuses on the effectiveness of interactive programmes in delivering health information and achieving behavioural change in patients seen in primary care settings, and I am principal investigator on an MRC funded on-line RCT to determine the effectiveness of an interactive website in reducing excessive alcohol consumption. National and International roles Since 2006 I have been the Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Primary Care Research Network PCRN) and the Deputy Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Networks. As the Director of the NIHR PCRN, I have responsibility for overseeing the successful delivery in primary care of a national portfolio of high quality clinical trials and other well designed studies in England. The PCRN comprises 8 local research networks which provide comprehensive national coverage across England, and collaborate the other NIHR networks, the MRC General Practice Research framework, and the national primary care research networks in the Devolved Administrations. I am currently the Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC)Heads of Departments Group. I am a recent past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Section on Telemedicine and eHealth, and a recent past member of the eHealth Commissioning Group of the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R&D Programme. I am a founder member of the WONCA European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine and a past President of the European General Practice Research Network.
Teaching Summary
As Professor of Primary Care, I have been responsible for developing and delivering a range of undergraduate teaching programmes for medical students, and led on the successful Community Based Medical Education in North Thames (CeMeNT) project. This involved shared teaching between hospital specialists and general practitioners in a range of clinical areas, including ENT, Dermatology, Mental Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Old Age Medicine and Rheumatology. This innovative “peel-off” model of teaching was highly evaluated by the students, and has become widely established at UCL and in other medical schools. I teach undergraduate students both in my general practice and in the medical school, and provide seminar teaching and supervision for BSc students and F2 academic fellows. I also supervise PhD and MD students. I regularly lecture nationally and internationally, and since my last award, I have made presentations on research development at national and regional conferences in many parts of the UK, and have given international keynote lectures in France, Italy and Israel. I have also led a programme of international symposia on telemedicine and eHealth at the Royal Society of Medicine, and hosted the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Academic Primary Care in London in 2007.
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