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Simon Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Pharmacy & Bioengineering, Keele University and a Director at Prescribing Decision Support – a Keele University spin-out company that delivers knowledge-based e-media systems designed to support healthcare decision making.
Simon has been involved in the scoping, development and delivery of the Asthma and COPD Audit and Review Toolkit. (The development of the Toolkit and its delivery is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline was involved in scoping for the Toolkit and has reviewed the Toolkit for compliance with the ABPI Code.) Simon has over thirty years’ experience in the healthcare sector having worked in industry, communications agencies and academia. He is also co-founder and Secretary for Midlands Practice Pharmacy Network– a regional professional group for clinical pharmacists working in general practice. He has developed a series of digital platforms for medical practitioners. Examples include, an innovative anticoagulation therapy decision support tool that assists patients and doctors in shared decision-making. The tool was launched in partnership with NICE and Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and has been formally endorsed by NICE and selected as a Healthcare Pioneer by the Atrial Fibrillation Association and All-Party Parliamentary Group. Other project work endorsed by NICE includes the Falls Risk Assessment Toolkit developed in partnership with Walsall CCG. The toolkit supports UK healthcare professionals in the identification and assessment of patients at risk of falls and, potentially at risk of unplanned hospital admissions. Simon is also a steering group member for a five-year research programme – funded by the National Institute for Health Research and Royal Osteoporosis Society – into improving patient uptake of fracture prevention treatment utilising decision support software.
PM-GB-RS-WCNT-200047 July 2020