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Reflections on a career in research as an active general practitioner

January 16 2020

I finished my GP training in 1994 and whilst looking for partnership opportunities I got the chance to be involved in a research study into a respiratory drug trial at the North West Lung Centre (NWLC).

This trial earned the Centre enough money to employ me full time for a two year period to develop a programme of respiratory epidemiology research and eventually an MD degree.

The Wythenshawe Community Asthma Project (WYCAP study) has collected data from two General Practice populations for over 20 years. This study and subsequent studies that were developed on the back of this have produced over 35 pier reviewed publications and over 60 conference abstracts.

I have been lead applicant on 17 Pier review studies funded by approximately £700,000 research grant income and Joint applicant on 10 studies funded by approximately £2,000,000 research grant income.

The initial opportunity that the North West Lung Centre gave me has enabled me to develop an interest and a career in research. I have always wanted to continue as an active general practitioner and have been a partner in Bowland Medical Practice since 1996.

Dr Timothy Frank, Bowland Medical Practice

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