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Tony Avery

Dean of the School of Medicine; Professor of Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Prof. Tony Avery undertook his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Sheffield, qualifying in 1986. He then completed GP training in Nottingham and joined the University of Nottingham as a clinical lecturer in 1992. Also since this time he has been a part-time GP in Chilwell, Nottingham. He was promoted to senior clinical lecturer in 1994 and to a chair in primary health care in 2002. After leading the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham from 1998 - 2012, he was appointed as the Director of Research for the School of Medicine in 2013 and then became Dean in 2015. After leading the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham from 1998 - 2012, he was appointed as the Director of Research for the School of Medicine in 2013 and then became Dean in 2015.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Primary care research, investigating the nature and causes of medication errors, randomised trials in primary care, electronic prescribing system

Teaching Summary

Prof. Avery teaches ethics, communication skills and clinical general practice to undergraduate medical students. He supervises PhD students in topics relating to prescribing and patient safety.

Research Summary

Prof. Avery's main research interest is prescribing and patient safety in primary care. This includes investigation of the prevalence, nature and causes of medication errors and preventable… read more

Selected Publications

  • John Fry Silver Medal (2008): awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of research contribution.
  • NIHR School for Primary Care Research- Board Member
  • Strategic Management Group NIHR Primary Care Research Network for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire- Chair
  • Strategic Management Group NIHR Trent Comprehensive Local Research Network- Deputy-Chair

Current Research

Prof. Avery's main research interest is prescribing and patient safety in primary care. This includes investigation of the prevalence, nature and causes of medication errors and preventable drug-related morbidity in primary care, and investigating the role of pharmacists in promoting effective and safe prescribing in general practice.

His current research includes:

  • Evaluation of a pharmacist led, IT based, intervention aimed at improving safety of prescribing in general practice (the PINCER trial).
  • Understanding the frequency of avoidable significant harm in primary care.

Past Research

Past research includes:

  • Evaluation of the electronic transfer of prescriptions between general practices and community pharmacies
  • Evaluation of the 'New Medicines Service' in community pharmacies in England.
  • The reporting of adverse drug reactions by patients to the Yellow Card Reporting System.
  • Identifying ways in which computer systems can be developed and improved to support safe prescribing in primary care.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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