Dr Sam Creavin

General Practitioner

Dr Sam Creavin is an experienced General Practitioner who provides expert evidence in civil proceedings for medical negligence cases.

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Dr Sam Creavin is an experienced GP with particular expertise in diagnosis in general practice. His scope of practice as a General Medical Practitioner includes work in a semi-rural practice of around 5,500 patients, where he has been a GP Partner since 2015 and Senior Partner since April 2021. He also has rich experience in the out-of-hours GP setting. Dr Creavin is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC 7047284) and has a license to practice.

Dr Creavin can comment on cases relating to the range of practice regarding diagnosis in general practice, in which his expertise is both practical and sophisticated: he also works as a lecturer at the University of Bristol where he completed a PhD on the diagnosis of dementia in general practice.

Dr Creavin continues to work regularly as a clinician both in-hours and out-of-hours and can offer a nuanced opinion on the range of care in general practice in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how this has developed over time.

Dr Creavin graduated with overall Honours, and the University Prize, having obtained the highest examination mark in every year of the undergraduate programme. Dr Creavin has a reputation for a logical and reasoned approach.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Creavin has completed the Cardiff University Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate and is on the National Register of University Certificated Expert Witnesses. Dr Creavin is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), registration number: ZB109392.  Dr Creavin has experience of giving oral evidence in a Coroner’s court.

Cases undertaken

Dr Creavin takes instructions for cases relating to breach in the duty of care by General Practitioners in civil medical negligence cases.


Creavin ST, Haworth J, Fish M, Cullum S, Bayer A, Purdy S, and Ben-Shlomo Y. Clinical judgment of GPs for the diagnosis of dementia: a diagnostic test accuracy study. BJGP open 2021;5.

Seume P, Bevan S, Young G, Ingram J, Clement C, Cabral C, Lucas PJ, Beech E, Taylor J, Horwood J, Dixon P, Gulliford MC, Francis N, Creavin ST, Lane A, Hay AD, and Blair PS. Protocol for an ’efficient design’ cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate a complex intervention to improve antibiotic prescribing for CHIldren presenting to primary care with acute COugh and respiratory tract infection: the CHICO study. BMJ open 2021;11:e041769.

Kenward C, Pratt A, Creavin S, Wood R, and Cooper JA. Population Health Management to identify and characterise ongoing health need for high-risk individuals shielded from COVID-19: a cross-sectional cohort study. BMJ open 2020;10:e041370.

Creavin S, Wisniewski S, Noel-Storr A, Cullum S, Noel-Storr A, Trevelyan C, Hampton T, Rayment D, Thom V, Nash K, Elhamoui H, Milligan R, Patel A, Tsivos D, Wing T, Phillips E, Kellman S, Shackleton H, Singleton G, Neale B, and Watton M. Cognitive tests to help diagnose dementia in symptomatic people in primary care and the community. British Journal of General Practice 2018.

Creavin S, Noel-Storr A, Richard E, Creavin A, Cullum S, Ben-Shlomo Y, and Purdy S. Clinical judgement by primary care physicians for the diagnosis of all-cause dementia or cognitive impairment in symptomatic people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017;2017.

Creavin S, Cullum S, Haworth J, Wye L, Bayer A, Fish M, Purdy S, and Ben-Shlomo Y. Towards improving diagnosis of memory loss in general practice: TIMeLi diagnostic test accuracy study protocol. BMC Family Practice 2016.

Creavin S, Wisniewski S, Noel-Storr AH, Trevelyan C, Hampton T, Rayment D, Thom V, Nash K, Elhamoui H, Milligan R, Patel A, Tsivos D, Wing T, Phillips E, Kellman S, Shackleton H, Singleton G, Neale B, Watton M, and Cullum S. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) for the detection of dementia in clinically unevaluated people aged 65 and over in community and primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016.

Creavin S, Fish M, Gallacher J, Bayer A, and Ben-Shlomo Y. Clinical history for diagnosis of dementia in men: Caerphilly Prospective Study. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2015;65:489–99.

Creavin A, Creavin S, Brown R, and Harrad R. Why can’t my child see 3D television? British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2014;75:457–60.

Davis D, Creavin S, Noel-Storr A, Quinn T, Smailagic N, Hyde C, Brayne C, McShane R, and Cullum S. Neuropsychological tests for the diagnosis of Alzheimer?s disease dementia and other dementias: a generic protocol for cross-sectional and delayed-verification studies. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013.

Creavin S, Gallacher J, Bayer A, Fish M, Ebrahim S, and Ben-Shlomo Y. Metabolic syndrome, diabetes, poor cognition, and dementia in the caerphilly prospective study. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2012.

Creavin S, Gallacher J, Pickering J, Fehily A, Fish M, Ebrahim S, Bayer A, and Ben-Shlomo Y. High caloric intake, poor cognition and dementia: The Caerphilly Prospective Study. European Journal of Epidemiology 2012.

Creavin S, Rice C, Pollentine A, and Cowburn P. Carotid artery dissection presenting with isolated headache and Horner syndrome after minor head injury. The American journal of emergency medicine 2012;30.

Muller S, Wynne-Jones G, Daniel R, Creavin S, Bishop A, and Mallen C. There is no association between a measure of clinical care and the response rate of GPs to postal surveys: A methodological study. European Journal of General Practice 2012.

Creavin S, Creavin A, and Mallen C. Do GPs respond to postal questionnaire surveys? A comprehensive review of primary care literature. Family Practice 2011;28.

Lefroy J, Brosnan C, and Creavin S. Some like it hot: Medical student views on choosing the emotional level of a simulation. Medical Education 2011.

Creavin A, Creavin S, and Khooshabeh R. Orbital swelling: A simplified guide. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 2010.

Creavin S, Dunn K, Mallen C, Nijrolder I, and Windt D van der. Co-occurrence and associations of pain and fatigue in a community sample of Dutch adults. European Journal of Pain 2010.

Creavin S, Mallen C, and Hays R. An intercalated research Masters in primary care: a pilot programme. Education for primary care : an official publication of the Association of Course Organisers, National Association of GP Tutors, World Organisation of Family Doctors 2010;21:208–11.

To view Dr Iles’s publications on ORCID visit: https://expertcourt.link/creavinpub

Languages spoken

  • English – Fluent


Dr Creavin can typically provide a report within three weeks from instruction and provision of materials.

Qualifications and memberships

  • MB ChB
  • MPhil
  • MRCP (UK)
  • PhD

Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners

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