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.