David Lawrence


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.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Evaluation


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 Area
Health care policy
Health services research
Health systems
Disease and Health Conditions
Eye diseases
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Day care versus in-patient surgery for age-related cataract.
Lawrence, D. ; Fedorowicz, Z. ; van Zuuren, E.J. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Clinical-outcome-based demand management in health services
Brogan, C.; Lawrence, D.; Mayhew, L.
Public Health
Strategic approaches to planning health services
Lawrence, D.
Oxford Handbook Of Public Health Practice 2nd Edition
See all David Lawrence's Publications