Neil Heron

Neil is a fully qualified GP and Sport and Exercise Medicine doctor, being on the GMC’s specialist register, and has previously graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an MPhil and a Masters in Public Health. He continues to work as a GP partner and Sport and Exercise Medicine physician and combines this with his PhD. His main research interests are within cardiovascular prevention, particularly physical activity promotion, and developing Sport and Exercise/Musculoskeletal Medicine services within primary care. His current research study, SPRITE, is looking at the adaptation of cardiac rehabilitation for the transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and ‘minor’ stroke population of ischaemic origin. Rates of recruitment, retention, adherence and completion of measurements in a 12-week pilot trial, with participant feedback, will determine the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of its effectiveness. Potential benefits for patients include improved well-being and reduced risk of stroke.