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Alex is an experienced statistician, speaker and tutor who uses a range of data sources and presentational methods to help hospitals and clinicians improve their performance.
After his first job as a statistician with a large pharmaceutical company, Alex moved to Imperial College London and gained a PhD in Epidemiology. He was seconded to the Shipman Public Inquiry to investigate how statistics could be used to detect GPs like Shipman with high death rates. Since 2002, his research has focused on measuring the quality and safety of healthcare using large databases and on helping clinicians and managers to improve standards through better use and presentation of data.
A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he teaches statistics and critical appraisal of evidence to medical and other science students. He runs training sessions on the use and interpretation of healthcare performance data for customer support managers at his unit’s longstanding commercial partners and their NHS and international customers.
Alex also advises professional and government bodies in the UK and overseas such as the British Pain Society and the Health Service Executive of Ireland on the use of statistics and administrative databases in healthcare. Previously, he was the overseas member of an expert panel that guided the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation through their production of their award-winning patient rating website RateMyHospital.
He is currently leading on and writing statistical modules for a fully online Masters in Public Health.