“Health technologies, including medical devices offer major advances in quality of healthcare, earlier diagnosis and less invasive treatments. Processes for evaluation and regulation needs to match the pace at which the technology is progressing. CASMI will bring together the expertise to offer alternatives to current processes.”
Professor Farmer undertook his DM thesis in the University Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Oxford, having completed vocational training at Thame Health Centre where he worked as a principal in the practice from 1985 to 2000. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Health Care holding an NHS R&D Senior Clinical Scientist Award. He also works as a salaried general practitioner at South Oxford Health Centre and is a Research Associate in the Diabetes Trials Unit.
His work is focussed on improving the self-management of long-term conditions including use of telehealth and other monitoring technologies, and the design and conduct of clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of health care interventions. Although much of his work has been in the area of diabetes, he also works in the areas of hypertension and chronic obstructive airways disease. He was a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York in 1991, one of the first general practitioners to hold this award. He currently has additional roles as Co-Director of the NIHR Thames Valley Comprehensive Local Research Network, Chair of a NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research Progamme sub-panel, and was Deputy Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme Commissioning Board from 2007 to 2011.