Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Mackenzie Primary Care Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Burnley Campus, C116

+44 (0) 1772 89 2898


Subject Areas: Health

Tim was appointed to the new post of Mackenzie Primary Care Research Fellow in November 2017, and is interested in allergy, asthma, and improving quality of primary care. He also works as a GP in East Lancashire where he remains active both clinically and training.

Tim is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI).

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Tim has a background of over 10 years in general practice, which has included supervision of doctors in training. Alongside this, he completed a part-time MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London (ICL), including study on related conditions such as asthma, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome, and gained a distinction. His dissertation, looking at the effects of probiotics on respiratory infections in asthmatics, led to him being the first recipient from the course to be presented with an ICL Dean’s Prize for his work. He continues to practice as a local GP and is developing an interest in innovation in primary care. He was appointed to the new position of Mackenzie Primary Care Research Fellow in November 2017, for a 2-year period, and is hoping to develop a future PhD project around asthma in primary care, as well as collaborating on other work.


  • MSc Allergy, Imperial College London, 2014
  • MB BCh, University of Wales, College of Medicine, 2003

Teaching Activities

  • Clinical training from F2 to ST3 level


Smith, T.D.H., Watt, H., Gunn, L., Car, J. and Boyle, R.J. (2016) Recommending Oral Probiotics to Reduce Winter Antibiotic Prescriptions in People With Asthma: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Family Medicine, 14 (5). pp. 422-430. http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/21278/


Gopi, M., Smith, T., Edara, R., and Arun, S. A pilot study evaluating the usefulness of a guideline template for managing milk allergy in primary care [Poster discussion] at Paediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting (PAAM), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), 17th October 2015.

Gopi, M., Smith, T., Edara, R., and Arun, S. Does primary care need further guidance on implementing guidelines effectively? [Poster] at BSACI Annual Conference, 5th September 2015.


  • Community Holistic Interventions for Multimorbidity in older people: Evaluation of the evidence (CHIME) – ongoing
  • Controlled before-after analysis of an intervention for quality improvement of patients with atrial fibrillation or hypertension in primary care – ongoing
  • Primary care template to guide diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy by GPs – 2014-5
  • Pragmatic randomized controlled trial comparing advice to take probiotics with standard treatment for preventing respiratory infection in patients with asthma – 2013-4

Research Activities

  • Mackenzie Primary Care Research Fellow, UCLan, November 2017 - date
  • MSc Dissertation Supervisor, Imperial College London (ICL), December 2014 – September 2015
  • MSc in Allergy, Imperial College London, October 2011 – September 2014
  • Site co-investigator in multiple research trials, Ashfields Primary Care Centre, September 2008 – December 2015

External Affiliations

  • GP at Pendle Medical Partnership, East Lancashire CCG
  • GP Basic Trainers Course, UCLan, 2015-6
  • MSc Supervisor, ICL, 2014-5