Dr Samuel Finnikin MBChB MA BSc MRCGP

Samuel Finnikin

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Research Fellow
Salaried GP

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Finnikin is a GP who is interested in shared decision making and personalised care. He has done research into how risk scores are used in CVD prevention and experience of using primary care datasets to answer investigate clinical decision making.


  • MSc(Hons) Clinical Primary and Community Care; University of Birmingham 2015
  • MRCGP 2015
  • DRCOG 2012
  • MBChB with Honours; University of Birmingham 2007
1st Class Honours Degree in Natural Sciences (Physical); Downing College; University of Cambridge, 2003


Dr Finnikin did his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Birmingham and, after a few years as a military doctor, went on to train as a GP. During this training, he developed undertook a masters in primary care which involved a research project into the influence of childcare sickness exclusion policies on the prescribing of antibiotics in primary care.

On completion of his GP training, Dr Finnikin started working as a GP in Sutton Coldfield and continued his academic work as an NIHR In-Practice Fellow. He has used Big Data to explore the use of risk scoring to guide the prescribing of statins in primary care and he has also been involved in research in the out-of-hours setting.

Dr Finnikin is interested in how shared decision making can be harnessed to improve clinical care in general practice. 


Dr Finnikin is currently interested in the role of cardiovascular risk scoring in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, with a particular emphasis on QRISK, statins and shared decision making.

Previous research has been into the influence of childcare providers’ sickness policies on the prescribing of antibiotics for acute infective conjunctivitis in primary care.

Other activities

Dr Finnikin sits on the executive board of the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes in Research.  He is Honorary Secretary for the RCGP Midland Faculty and has a clinical fellowship with the RCGP.


Turner GM, Calvert M, Feltham MG, Ryan R, Finnikin S, Marshall T. Clinical and Demographic Characteristics Associated With Suboptimal Primary Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack Prevention: Retrospective Analysis. Stroke. 2018 Mar 1;49(3):682-7.

 Finnikin S, Ryan R, Marshall T. Statin initiations and QRISK2 scoring in UK general practice: a THIN database study. Br J Gen Pract. 2017 Dec 1;67(665):e881-7

 Yao M, Finnikin S, Cheng KK. Call for shared decision making in China: Challenges and opportunities. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. 2017 Jun 1;123:32-5.

 Orlans D, Charlton R, Finnikin S. What’s in a story? Lessons from reflection in General Practice. Hampton-in-Arden Publishing. 2017

 Finnikin S., Ryan R., Marshall T. Cohort study investigating the relationship between cholesterol, cardiovascular risk score and the prescribing of statins in UK primary care: study protocol. BMJ open. 2016 Nov 1;6(11):e013120.

 Finnikin S., Mitchell-Innes A. Recurrent otalgia in adults. BMJ: British Medical Journal (Online). 2016 Sep 15;354.

 Finnikin S., Jolly K. Nursery sickness policies and their influence on prescribing for conjunctivitis: audit and questionnaire survey. Br J Gen Pract. 2016 Jul 6:bjgpsep-2016.

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