Dr. Anthony Gabriel Cummins

Dr. Anthony Gabriel Cummins

Dr. Anthony Gabriel CumminsDr. Anthony Gabriel Cummins
Lead of Family Medicine

Email: anthonycummins@pu-rcsi.edu.my

Dr. Anthony Cummins, a graduate of University College Cork, National University of Ireland (UCC NUI) in Ireland, is the new lead of Family Medicine at Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) School of Medicine. With academic posts in Ireland and the UK (honorary lectureships at Manchester, Liverpool John Moores and Warwick universities) he has had wide experience both academically and clinically in Family Medicine.

He graduated from UCC NUI in 1979 and subsequently underwent postgraduate training in the UK across a range of hospital and community-based special interest areas including cardiology and psychiatry before embarking on a career in Family Medicine. Within the specialty of Family Medicine he continued his special interests through the development of collaborative research programmes with Liverpool University in the UK and subsequently in Ireland with the Health Research Board.

Recipient of many awards, Prof Cummins has received GP of the UK 1999 (National Magazines plc readership survey ), Health & Social Care Awards 1999 ( “Improving the lives of people with heart disease” ), Primary Care Report’s Best Practice Awards 2001 “Implementation of the National Service Frameworks for coronary heart disease” and the Health Service Journal Awards 2004 (“Clinical Service Redesign” category) Awarded for the development & impact of Wallasey Heart Centre on local Merseyside cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.Outside of medicine Professor Cummins’ main interests are music and languages.

Outside of medicine Dr. Cummins’ main interests are music and languages. He is both a musician and presenter of a weekly radio programme. He plays traditional Irish folk music on the violin and mandolin, He has an interest in languages and while working as a GP in the UK providing healthcare to elderly non-English speaking Chinese and Bangladeshi patients he learned basic Cantonese and Hindi/ Urdu to enable consultations without the need for interpreters. He is enthusiastic about learning Malay while seconded here as a lead of Family Medicine at Perdana University.

An outline of the LIFE Project (Leaders in Fitness & Exercise): A GP Exercise on Prescription Scheme.
Hammond J, Brodie D, Bundred P & Cummins A.
Liverpool University Press 1995

Chronic heart failure: who do we investigate & treat?
Cummins A.
Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners. 1997; Vol. 3: page 95

Development of an Intermediate Cardiovascular Clinic.
Cummins A.
Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners. March 2001 pp 27-32
Managing hypertension in diabetics: are we missing the real issues?
Cummins AG.
British Journal of Cardiology; 2001; p 41

Equity is at the heart of the NHS.
Cummins A.
Health & Ageing; November 2002; pp 33-34

Coronary heart disease partnerships: the Wallasey experience.
Cummins AG Rimmer F McCammon K McIntosh S.
British Journal of Cardiology; Vol 9, Number 10. 2002

North-south divide in social inequalities in Great Britain: Health inequalities on Wirral: a living Black report?
Cummins A.
BMJ, July 3, 2004; 329(7456): 52 – 53.

Managing chronic heart failure: learning from best practice. Implementing NICE/NCC-CC guidelines on chronic conditions” Chapter 2: pp 23-27:”Wallasey Heart Centre”
Cummins A.
Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit of the Royal College of Physicians. London. 2005. ISBN 1 86016 244 4

The Global Mental Health Assessment Tool – Primary Care Version (GMHAT/PC). Development, reliability and validity.
Vimal K Sharma, Peter Lepping, Anthony G Cummins, John RM Copeland, Rashmi Parhee, and Patricia Mottram.
World Psychiatry. 2004 June; 3(2): 115–119. PMCID: PMC1414685

Wallasey Heart Centre: leading by example.
Cummins AG
Nursing in Practice. Jan/ Feb (20); pp 41-43. 2005

Mental health diagnosis by nurses using the Global Mental Health Assessment Tool:a validity and feasibility study
Vimal K Sharma, Peter Lepping, Murali Krishna, Shazia Durrani,John RM Copeland, Patricia Mottram,
Rashmi Parhee, Bennett Quinn, Steven Lane and Anthony Cummins
British Journal of General Practice 2008 Jun;58(551):411-6

Systematic review of validation studies of the Alvarado Clinical Prediction Rule for Appendicitis. Oral presentation at the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC), 7- 9 July 2010, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Cummins A, Ohle R, O’Reilly F, O’Brien KK, Dimitrov BD, Fahey TP

Quality of Prescribing Indicators for Children in Primary Care. Oral Presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the SAPC, University of Nottingham, 3 – 5 July 2013, Nottingham, UK
O’Brien KK, Cooper J, Boland F, Cummins A, Redmond P, Smith SM, Hughes CM, Fahey TP

Developing an International Register of Clinical Prediction Rules for Use in Primary Care: A Descriptive Analysis.
Keogh C, Wallace E, O’Brien KK, Galvin R, Smith SM, Lewis C, Cummins A, Cousins G, Dimitrov BD, Fahey TP
Ann of Fam Med. Vol 12. Issue 4. pp 359-366. July 2014
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25024245 10.1370/afm.1640

Conference Presentations

Diabetic Education: A Glasgow Experience.
Cummins A, Knight PV Kesson CMK.
British Diabetic Association (Now Diabetes UK) Annual Scientific & Clinical Meeting. York. 1984

Developing an intermediate cardiovascular clinic: The Wallasey Heart Centre experience.
Cummins A, Rimmer F & Jones C.
Primary Care Cardiovascular Society Annual Scientific Symposium. Brighton. 2001

Heart disease prevalence among the Irish of the north-west of England.
Cummins AG
Irish Community Care Merseyside AGM keynote delivery. Liverpool. 2001

Psychiatry for GPs: a twice yearly week-long non-residential course for general practitioners.
Sharma VK & Cummins AG.
Department of Psychiatry, Liverpool university. 2002 onwards

“Heart Matters”: presentation of Wallasey Heart Centre. Heart of Mersey Project
Aintree Racecourse. Liverpool 2004

“Challenging Irish invisibility in Britain”: The role of the GP with Special Interest in UK healthcare.
Federation of Irish Societies Annual Conference Manchester. 2004

Delivery of an undergraduate medical curriculum using a virtual learning environment: its impact on formative learning.
Cummins AG, Carty S, Fahey T
Health Informatics Society of Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting (oral presentation). Dublin. 2007

Delivery of an undergraduate medical curriculum using a virtual learning environment: its impact on formative learning.
Cummins AG, Carty S, Fahey T
Irish Network of Medical Educators Inaugural Scientific Meeting (oral presentation). Dublin. 2008

The doctor, the evidence and the patient: integration in the consultation (workshop).
Cummins A, Lewis C and Wallace E
INMED (Irish Network of Medical Educators) Annual Scientific Meeting. Dublin. 2011

Challenges for faculty: addressing student concerns about tutor professional behavior (oral presentation)
Cummins A, Fahey T, Smith D
AMEE (Association for Medical Education Europe). Lyon. 2012

His work with the HRB (Health Research Board) Centre for Primary Care Research continues with two broad areas of interest:

  1. Construction of an international register of Clinical Prediction Rules (CPRs), and
  2. The development of quality indicators for safe prescribing in Irish children

Collaboration with Liverpool University department of psychiatry in the clinical application of the Global Mental Health Assessment Tool continues with its wide use internationally.