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Professor Farmer is Director of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme and an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus.
Andrew completed his specialist training in the Oxford Deanery and then worked as a full-time general practitioner at Thame Health Centre for 17 years. In 1991 he was one of the first general practitioners to be awarded a Harkness Fellowship from the Commonwealth Fund of New York. He subsequently completed a higher degree and in 2001 moved to the Oxford University Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences where he has been Professor of General Practice since 2010.
Andrew was Chair of the NIHR HTA General Funding Committee from 2016 until October 2020. He has held a wide range of other research management roles including as the founding director of the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit at Oxford, Clinical Lead for the NIHR Diabetes Research Network, Co-Director of the NIHR Thames Valley Comprehensive Local Research Network and Panel Chair for NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research.
Andrew's research interests are focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people with chronic and long-term health conditions. Much of his work has centred on improving the self-management of diabetes in general practice. He strongly supports research that is directly relevant to the NHS and has championed public and patient involvement in research.
Andrew is a Professor of General Practice and a researcher at the University of Oxford. He still works as a general practitioner at St Bartholomew's Medical Centre Oxford.