David Lawrence MA MPhil FFPH

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research (30/06/17)


After a first degree in biological sciences (physiology major) and economics, I did research at Guy's Hospital Medical School in planning integrated primary care in London. After training in public health medicine at LSHTM and in the NHS, I worked for many years as an NHS consultant in public health medicine, mainly in health needs assessment, health services planning, outcomes research and public health training. I am now consultant in public health for 'Individual Funding Requests' in SE London and Associate Consultant in the Public Health Action Support Team.




I teach health services research, critical appraisal, principles and practice of health care commissioning and planning, and health care demand management.

I have trained Specialist Registrars and non-medical trainees in specialist training in public health.


My main research interest is in factors affecting the appropriate use of health services. I have carried out research in cataract surgery outcomes and their relation to need for care. I am helping develop the ethical legal basis for NHS clinical decison making for clinical commissioning.

Research areas

  • Health care policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems


  • Bioinformatics
  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Eye diseases


  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Cataract
  • Cochrane Reviews
  • Cycling
  • Decision Support
  • Demand For Health Services
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence into practice
  • Evidence-based Policies
  • Eye Health
  • Health Services Utilisation
  • Health Systems Planning
  • Information Management
  • commissioning
  • evidence into policy
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