Simon Alford

Simon Alford

Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA111

+44 (0) 1772 89 4011

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Simon Alford, has worked in an academic environment over the past 14 years in the areas of Public Health and Health and Social Care. He has previously taught to both undergraduate and postgraduate students on the MSc in Research Methods; MSc in Public Health; MSc Exercise Medicine; BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences and BSc Biochemistry programmes.

He has undertaken a wide range of research projects and service evaluations with a variety of organisations including Local Government, NHS and Third Sector. He has worked on a wide range of projects, particularly those involving the evaluation of complex community-based interventions, for example, Children's Fund initiatives and Healthy Living Centres.

Simon is currently work with multiple agencies to develop health check training to be delivered in a non-clinical environment by leisure industry and third sector staff to promote early intervention.  He also represents the School of Medicine on the University STEMH Ethics Committee. Simon has previously served as a member of an NHS ethics committee and chaired the Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Ethics Committee at the University of Chester.

  • M.Sc. Exercise and Nutrition Science, University College Chester, 2004   
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Physical Education and Sport Science, Chester College, 2002


Bailey, J., Kingston, P., Alford, S., Taylor, L., & Tolhurst, E. (2017). An evaluation of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy sessions for people with dementia and a concomitant support group for their carers. Dementia, 16(8), 985-1003.

Houghton, L. J., O'Dwyer, M., Foweather, L., Watson, P., Alford, S., & Knowles, Z. R. (2015). An impact and feasibility evaluation of a six-week (nine hour) active play intervention on fathers’ engagement with their preschool children: a feasibility study. Early Child Development and Care, 185(2), 244-266.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., Alford, S., Cushing, J., & Panter, L. (2014). The NHS health check programme in England: a qualitative study. Health promotion international, 31(1), 106-115.