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Dr Christopher Clark

Dr Christopher Clark

Clinical Senior Lecturer in General Practice


 +44 (0) 1392 722754

 Smeall building JS111


Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Chris studied Medicine and Physiology at University of Bristol Medical School, graduating in 1986. He joined the Mid Devon Medical Practice in 1994 as a partner, then Senior Partner, and continued working there until December 2020. He joined the Medical School as an Clinical Academic Fellow in 2004, completed his MSc in 2006 and his PhD in 2013. He was appointed as NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2014, and Clinical Senior Lecturer in 2015.


  • BSc (Hons) Physiology
  • MB ChB
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • FRCP
  • FBHS

Research group links


Research interests

My areas of research are mainly cardiovascular within the following themes:

  • Significance and implications of a difference in blood pressures between arms
  • Organisation and management of care in hypertension in primary care
  • Estimation and early detection of cardiovascular risk
  • Recognition and management of postural hypotension in primary care

Research projects

  • INTERPRESS-IPD: the Inter-arm blood Pressure difference, cardiovascular events, cerebrovascular disease and mortality: an Individual Patient Data meta-analysis

  • DROP: Detecting Risks Of Postural hypotension

  • Cochrane Review: Allied health professional-led interventions for improving control of blood pressure in patients with hypertension

  • CHECK-UP study: Improving NHS cardiovascular health checks uptake in primary care

  • Trends in the diagnosis and organisation of care for hypertension over nine years in Primary Care in South West England

  • Understanding the barriers to successful treatment of newly diagnosed severe hypertension

  • Exploring the aetiology of clinic blood pressure changes during a single clinic visit: A cross-sectional study

  • Sensitivity and Specificity of a mobile lead-one ECG like device for the detection of Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

  • Rural General Practice



Research networks

  • Chair: Exeter Cardiovascular Research Network
  • RCGP Rural Forum Steering Group Chair
  • BIHS: Blood Presure Measurement Working Party
  • BIHS: Collaborative Research Working Party
  • NHS England: Hypertension Expert Advisory Group

Research grants

  • 2020 RCGP - Scientific Foundation Board
    Diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease in primary care; a survey of general practitioners in England
  • 2015 National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit
    INTERPRESS-IPD an international collaboration conducting an Individual Patient Data meta-analysis of inter-arm blood pressure difference and survival
  • 2014 National Institute for Health Research
    NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice



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