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Simon Alford

Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine
School of Medicine

Simon has worked in an academic environment over the past 16 years in the areas of Public Health and Health and Social Care. Simon has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students and has undertaken a wide range of research projects and service evaluations. Such work has included a variety of organisations including Local Government, NHS and Third Sector with a particular focus on complex community-based interventions.

Simon currently delivers on the Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine (EIPOM) module where he oversees both the Public Health and the Student Select Component (SSC) project components. In addition, he teaches Research Methods on a range of postgraduate programmes, including Sports Medicine. Simon is currently work with multiple agencies to develop health check training to be delivered in a non-clinical environment to promote early intervention. Simon is also a member of the University HEALTH research ethics committee and has been instrumental in developing the School of Medicine ethics committee.

Simon’s work has required him to work closely with a range of organisations, such as Sure Start Children’s Centres; Healthy Living Networks; NHS services (weight management programmes; community health checks; community alcohol service) and Primary Care services for the homeless. Local Authorities. More recently as part of developing health checks in alternative settings Simon has work closely with professional bodies that represent the leisure industry i.e. UK Active and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) where he has sat on professional standards setting committees. Simon has a keen interest in research ethics having served as a member of an NHS ethics committee for a period of three years. He previously Chaired the Ethics Committee for the school of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences at the University of Chester.