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Dr Simon Bourne MB BS, MRCP(UK), DM

Honorary Clinical Teacher

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Dr Simon Bourne is Honorary Clinical Teacher within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

I am a regular army doctor posted to Southampton as a respiratory consultant at University Hospital Southampton. I specialise in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and airways infections. I am also a member of the research and teaching faculty for the Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) clinical course at Winterborne Gunner in Wiltshire.

My main focus within the NHS is in the provision of care for patients with COPD across both the primary and secondary care boundary and the provision of novel pathways to meet the new QIPP agenda and NICE quality standards.

I have been elected to the BTS oxygen guidelines group and deliver projects for the Health Foundation and the Department of Health. In 2011 we have been shortlisted in the innovation category for the Health Service Journal Awards and in the respiratory category for the Nursing Times Awards.

With my colleague Tom Wilkinson we run the Southampton COPD Research Group that specialises in the delivery of large COPD cohort studies focusing on the molecular microbiology, immunology and health reported outcomes.


MB BS University College London Medical School (1995)
MRCP Royal College of Physician (2001)
DM University of Southampton (2007)

Appointments held

Consultant Respiratory Physician University Hospital Southampton

Senior Lecturer Defence Medical Services

Honorary Clinical Teacher University of Southampton

Faculty and Research Group CBRN Centre Winterborne Gunner

Research interests

I focus with my colleague Tom Wilkinson on projects related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The project areas are diverse from exacerbations and immunology to nutrition, activity and lifestyle and into pathway design and public health.

Currently we have the following Projects Active

1. Epidemiology study to assess the contribution of bacterial and viral pathogens to Acute Exacerbations of COPD

This is a large cohort study to assess the contribution of bacterial and viral pathogens in both the carrier state and during acute exacerbations. This study will explore the acquisition of new pathogens as well as strain changes in the same pathogen to assess their contribution to the health, inflammatory, immunology and nutritional status of the individual. The study will run for 3 years in 120 subjects with COPD. Start date July 2011.

2. The Investigation Into the Mechanism of Action of Seretide (IMAS)

Seretide is widely regarded as one of the most effective treatments for COPD. Its mechanism beyond bronchodilation is poorly understood. This study follows 36 patients who are naïve to both inhaled steroid and Long Acting Beta Agonists and assesses the contribution of the steroid to the inflammatory and immunological status of the subjects. Started Feb 2010

3. Primary Care Research

We have run several projects within primary care for the DOH and the Health Foundation. These projects have delivered both an increase in diagnosed COPD in the city by 50% and reduced hospital admission to the trust by 20% through novel models of care. Much of this work was delivered through our educational website



Clinical and Experimental Sciences

University of Southampton 

Supervisor of PhD and DM Students, clinical teacher for Year 3-5 medical students on the Respiratory Modules. Personal tutor.

National Responsibilities

University Hospital Southampton – Lead for the Respiratory Centre, Consultant Respiratory Physician

Defence Medical Services – Senior Lecturer, Consultant Physician, Lecturer CBRN, CBRN Research Group

Nation – BTS guidelines group, Project supervision for DOH and The Health Foundation

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – lecture nationally on topics related to COPD and airways infection.

Respiratory Module – Year 3-5 medical students

CBRN – Lecture at the CBRN centre Winterborne Gunner

Primary Care – Lecture regular to both GPs and practice nurses on COPD we deliver COPD diploma modules for Respiratory Education UK

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