Brian has been a GP in SE London for 35 years. He is involved with various projects of the Lewisham CCG and chairs the PPI steering group.
For many years, he has been interested in user involvement in the NHS and has developed a number of different approaches to make this as real as possible. These have included community development (for which he was awarded an MBE), Patients as Teachers, patient access to their health records and working with colleagues to ensure that lay people’s views are incorporated in the daily work of CCGs.
He has championed patient record access, now being the director of a company called PAERS Ltd that has designed and built kiosk-based access, in conjunction with EMIS, the largest provider of GP software in the UK. It is now possible for all EMIS practices (60% of the UK) to offer this to their patients . In 2009 he convened the group which became established as HELP.