Research Advisors

We are proud to be working with the following experts.

Professor Gary Smith

Gary worked in the NHS for over 34 years, predominantly as a Consultant in Critical Care at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust from 1986 to 2011. Before joining Portsmouth, where he took charge of one of the largest ICUs in the UK, he spent a year on the faculty of Yale University.

He was the principal designer of the ALERT® (Acute Life – threatening Events – Recognition and Treatment®) course and also influenced national, educational initiatives to improve the recognition and management of sick patients by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Federation of Royal Medical Colleges.

In 2007, Gary was a member of the NICE, NPSA and DH committees that produced documents on standards for monitoring ward patients and competencies in acute care. He has served as a council member of the UK Intensive Care Society (ICS), and was the Chairman of the ICS Education & Training Committee between 2000 and 2001. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Resuscitation Council (UK).

Gary is co-author of two textbooks “Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine A-Z” and “Core Cases in Critical Care”. His main research is focused on the early recognition and management of acutely ill patients.

Gary was part of a multi-professional team that has won several IT-related and patient safety awards. In 2010, he was named NHS Leadership Awards ‘NHS Innovator of the Year’.

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin

Bryony is Principal Pharmacist for Clinical Services and Director of the Academic Pharmacy Unit, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust (a joint initiative between the trust and The School of Pharmacy, University of London).

Bryony has been involved with medication error research for more than ten years, and (with colleagues) has published widely on methods for studying errors, and the frequency and causes of prescribing, dispensing and medication administration errors. More recently she has become involved with the evaluation of various technologies designed to reduce errors. Her current post combines research, education and training, and clinical practice.

Dr Dave Prytherch

Dave is a Medical Physicist and has been involved in modelling clinical outcomes since 1992. He developed the Portsmouth variant of the POSSUM system for general surgery, P-POSSUM, the vascular surgery variant V-POSSUM and the more data economic BHOM (Biochemistry and Haematology Outcome Modelling) and V-BHOM. He is working with The Learning Clinic to apply BHOH modelling to assist clinicians with the more timely identification of deteriorating and sick patients.

Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Mohammed A Mohammed

Mohammed is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham. His main areas of interest are health care quality improvement, performance monitoring, league tables and health services research. Dr Mohammed has advocated novel methods for understanding variations in health care, creating considerable interest within the NHS.

Dr Paul Schmidt

Paul qualified from Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 1991, and has been practising in the UK for the past 12 years. In 1998 he took up an appointment at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in Acute Medicine, and was charged with establishing the new Medical Assessment Unit. The unit is now recognised as one of the most innovative centres in acute medicine. In 2001 he was appointed as honorary senior medical lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. His main interests are the measurement of efficiency of acute health care systems, and the use of health information technology to improve clinical processes and patient outcome.