Prof Sandra Eldridge

ASM 18 Committee Member

Sandra Eldridge is Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Strategic Developments at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Sandra has a degree in mathematics and spent time teaching mathematics in schools in Nigeria and the UK, conducting demographic research, and teaching undergraduate statistics, before leaving work to spend time with her young children in the late 1980s. She joined Barts and The London as a medical statistician in 1994, and almost immediately began working in primary care, moving to be part of the then Department of General Practice and Primary Care in 1996. Primary care has been the focus of her work since and she was joint lead of the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health between 2007 and 2017, and a member of SAPC Exec between 2012 and 2017.

Sandra’s major research interests are in cluster randomised trials and complex interventions, she completed a doctorate focused on cluster randomised trials in primary care (rather late in her career) in 2005, and has a portfolio of highly cited methodological papers in this area. Her collaborative research is wide-ranging and she has an extensive portfolio of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded research. She sits on several NIHR funding panels, directs the UK Clinical Research Collaboration registered and NIHR funded Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, and is joint lead of the east London arm of Research Design Service London. She currently leads an international collaborative group working on pilot and feasibility studies. Publications from this group include the 2016 CONSORT extension for pilot trials. She also leads a sub-group of the initiative to extend the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool to non-randomised studies and trials with non-standard design.

Sandra has always been concerned to support those trying to maintain a balance between their core discipline and working in primary care. In 2002, she was instrumental in setting up the Primary Health Care Study Group of the Royal Statistical Society, a group that aimed to bring statisticians working in primary care together for mutual encouragement, support and collaboration.  In 2012 she set up the SAPC mentorship scheme and the Primary Health Care Scientists (PhoCuS) group within SAPC together with Professor Christine Bond from Aberdeen. PHoCuS is designed to support and encourage non-medical members of SAPC in their careers.

Articles on this site

25 Jun 2016

Quotes from SAPC mentors of their experience of the mentorship programme

07 Dec 2015

Together with Christine Bond, I lead the SAPC Primary Health Care Scientists (PHoCuS) group to provide focus for and support non-medically qualified members of the Society.

18 Nov 2015

Are you interested in becoming a mentor for SAPC?

The aim of the SAPC-PHoCuS Mentorship Programme is to support primary health care scientists  (ie non-medical colleagues)  working in departments of Primary Care, who, because of their heterogeneous core disciplines have no other single support scheme.  The mentorship scheme is designed to have a positive impact on career aspirations and development for such professionals and enhance their research productivity and leadership. SAPC has a group of trained mentors and would like to hear from others who would like to become a mentor.


18 Nov 2015

Are you interested in becoming a mentee with SAPC?

The Mentorship scheme has been established by the primary healthcare scientists (PHoCuS) group (non-medical members) and the SAPC Executive to develop an increased number of primary health care scientists capable of operating at a world-class level and able to become the academic leaders of the future. 

24 Sep 2015

Together with Christine Bond, I lead the SAPC Primary Health Care Scientists (PHoCuS) group to provide focus for and support non-medically qualified members of the Society. The request for this group to be established came from two medically qualified SAPC members - Professor Helen Lester and Professor Peter Croft. We have to thank both of them for helping us establish the group, Helen for her vision and belief in the added value PHoCuS members brought to APC and Peter for identifying a start-up fund of £5k.

24 Aug 2015

PhoCus - The group for Primary Healthcare Scientists led by Christine Bond & Sandra Eldridge