Peter Franks is a medical scientist with interests in epidemiology, medical statistics and health economics. He has been researching wound care for 25 years with his main collaborator Professor Christine Moffatt. Together, they established the Centre for Research & Implementation of Clinical Practice (CRICP), a charity established in 1994, to develop and evaluate models of care to overcome the specific needs of health organisations and patients. The work undertaken by the Centre has led to a number of successful implementation projects in the UK and internationally. Two main clinical areas of research expertise have been established, namely the management of chronic leg ulceration and the management of lymphoedema. The Centre has established links with academic and clinical groups in Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, USA, Japan and Canada. He was president of the European Wound Management Association 2005-2007, having served on the board of directors of EWMA for ten years.
In April 2001 he received a full personal chair in Health Sciences at Thames Valley University (now the University of West London), UK. In 2008 he left TVU to pursue his research interests and those of the Centre. His current position is as the director of CRICP, with academic professorial appointments at Glasgow University Medical School and London South Bank University.
He has been a co-author on a number of high profile research projects related to epidemiology and service development in both leg ulceration and lymphoedema. He is on the board of directors of the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF), having recently retired as its vice-chairman. He is also a partner in an Erasmus project (PoLyEurope - Postgraduate Lymphology Training in Europe) funded by the EU to develop a pan European graduate course in lymphoedema to medical practitioners.