Dr Fraser Birrell
- BSLM Director of Science & Research
Fraser is a Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Consultant with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Visiting Professor at Sunderland University and Academic Lead of Shared Medical Appointments UK. He is a clinician, educator & researcher with PhD, Diploma of Clinical Education and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and winner of British Society for Rheumatology Young Investigator and Innovation in Development awards, plus Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Training Fellowship.
He was the first UK clinician to establish a group consultation model in routine clinical practice in 2009 with over a decade of experience. This was recognised with shortlisting for the Lancet Research Award at the Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018. He is now helping others to understand and share the benefits for patients and staff, including publishing an authoritative review with a team of international experts (http://futurehospital.rcpjournal.org/content/6/1/8.full.pdf+html). These include patient education and empowerment, plus creating the time for effective lifestyle interventions. He led the team securing funding from Sir Jules Thorn Trust to establish a virtual training and evaluation hub at Newcastle University and train 1000 general practice (mainly for shared medical appointments) and 500 hospital teams (for a variety of novel co-designed group consultation models).