Our Team

Our Team

Professor Stewart Mercer
Director

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Stewart Mercer took up post as Professor of Primary Care Research in June 2008, supported
by the Scottish School of Primary Care, and is national lead for research into the problems of
multi-morbidity in primary care in Scotland.

Professor John Gillies OBE
Deputy Director‌‌‌


John Gillies qualified from Edinburgh University and after junior hospital posts, worked as a medical officer
in Malawi, Africa where he carried out research into the epidemiology of endemic goitre and cretinism.
From 1985, he was a principal in rural general practice in Glenluce Wigtownshire and then for 16 years
in Selkirk in Scottish Borders until 2013. He was a GP trainer and Training Programme Director with
NHS Education Scotland until 2012. He was Chair of RCGP Scotland from 2010 to 2014 and he continues to work for Edinburgh University as a Senior Adviser for the Global Health Academy and as an Honorary Professor.

Bridie Fitzpatrick
Programme Manager

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Bridie Fitzpatrick is an established researcher with more than 30 years experience of conducting,
managing and developing health and social care related research, most recently involving complex
interventions for vulnerable populations across multiple sites.

Karen Penman
Administrative Assistant

Karen Penman joined the SSPC Operational Group team in August, 2016, and is the first point of enquiries about SSPC at info@sspc.ac.uk