Dr M Perry

Consultant Rheumatologist

Photo of Dr M Perry Qualifications: MD, FRCP, Certificate in Medical Education

General information:

Mark qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (Imperial College) in 1997 and has worked as a Consultant Rheumatologist since 2008. He undertook postgraduate training in Bristol, Australia, and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Bath. Mark has parallel interests in how people use evidence in clinical practice, the current (mis)use of computers in medicine, enabling people with rheumatic disease to maximise self-management, and developing outpatient services that are both patient focused and efficient.

Areas of expertise:

Patient Initiated Follow Up. Mark has collaborated since 2001 with many colleagues across the UK, including the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula and NHS England & Improvement (NHSEI) in investigating, implementing and evaluating Patient Initiated Follow Up. In 2016 Mark lead the Plymouth Rheumatology Direct Access service and PenCLARHC project team in becoming a finalist in the British Society of Rheumatology Best Practice Awards, and winning the Health Services Journal Value in Healthcare Award in recognition of the patient centred service implementation and evaluation. From 2020 Mark has advised NHSEI in Outpatient Redesign and standardising sustainable care across the NHS by supporting clinicians, service managers and commissioners in formalising patient-initiated follow-up.

Mark’s MD research at Bristol University was in circadian variations in rheumatoid arthritis.

Current roles:

  • Trustee Postgraduate Medical Centre Plymouth
  • Digital Strategy Board & subcommittees UHP
  • Faculty for Teaching Evidence Based Medicine Oxford
  • Co-founder and current faculty for Making Sense of Evidence Annual Conference, Applied Research Collaboration SW Peninsula
  • Christian Medical Fellowship Medical School Link for PUPSMD

Previous appointments:

  • Outpatient Clinical Lead, NHS Outpatient Transformation Programme
  • NHS Liaison Making Sense of Evidence, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC, now PenARC).
  • Rheumatology Clinical Lead, Plymouth Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Rheumatology Clinical Trials Lead, Plymouth Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School
  • Clinical Academic Lead Evidence Based Practice Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD)
  • Other roles in PUPSMD have included Clinical Teacher Lead, Academic Tutor, Small Group Facilitator, Final ISCE examiner, Library Working Group, and Clinical Assessment Panel
  • Other roles at University Hospitals Plymouth have included: Clinical Excellence Award peer review panel; Trainee & local and regional consultant appointment panels; University Hospitals Plymouth Staff Mental Health Champion

Contact Details:

Department of Rheumatology, University Hospitals Plymouth, PL6 8DH
Secretary Katie Morris 01752-439236


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