Stephen has worked in Health Informatics since 1976 when he undertook a part time Masters at Cardiff University considering interface/databases in GP systems. He was employed as a programmer/analyst in the College of Medicine but completed his PhD at Manchester University after accepting a lecturing position in Computer Science.
At Manchester he co-founded and led the Medical Informatics Group, was a co-inventor of PEN&PAD, and became a senior Lecturer in 1995. In 2000, he accepted a chair at Salford University in the School of Health Care Professions, and founded a new research centre, SHIRE. He was awarded a Fellowship in the American Medical Informatics College in 2004, and sitson the Council of the BCS. He has been the Scientific Programme Chair of the annual Health Computing conference since 2001.