Jon Nicholl CBE, DSc, FFPH, FMedSciJ Nicholl Photo

Dean of School

Address:
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Room: 2023

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 5453
Fax: (+44) (0)114 272 4095 (non-confidential)

Email: j.nicholl@sheffield.ac.uk

PA: Kathryn Rooney k.rooney@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

I am Professor of Health Services Research (1994-) and the Dean of ScHARR (2010-).  I am also the inaugural Director of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (2012-).  I was Director of the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield from 1993 - 2010.   Before joining Sheffield University in 1981 as a medical statistician I spent five years as a research associate at University College London working on road traffic accident prevention.

I am an NIHR Senior Investigator (2008-) and was Chair of the NIHR HTA Programme Commissioning Board from 2005 to 2010, and their Clinical Trials Board from 2007 to 2010.  I also served as Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council´s Health Services and Public Health Research Board and their Clinical Trials Board. I chaired sub-panel 2 of REF 2014.

Research Interests

My research interests are in Health Services and Public Health research.  My main field of research is the evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care and services, particularly A and E services, including trauma services and chest pain care; ambulance services including helicopter ambulances; and urgent first contact care services including telephone and out-of-hours services.  I also carry out methodological research related to the design of health service evaluations, and I have a particular interest in the use of routine (e-health) data for HSR.

Current Professional Activities

  • Member HTA Programme Strategy Oversight Group
  • Member of the MRC Methodology Research Programme Advisory Group
  • Member CLAHRC West Midlands Scientific Advisory Group
  • Chair PARAMEDIC2 Trial Steering Committee
  • Chair SIREN study Scientific Advisory Group
  • Chair Irish Health Research Board
  • Member of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Partnership (2008 - )

Current Research Projects

Co-investigator

  1. NIHR School for Public Health Research
    (with Professor Goyder and colleagues, NIHR £2.25m)
  2. Developing new ways of measuring the impact of ambulance service care
    (with J Turner and colleagues. NIHR programme grant £2.01m)
  3. Impact of closing Emergency Departments in England (closED) (with Dr Knowles and colleagues, NIHR HS&DR programme 13/10/42, £213k)
  4. Development and evaluation of an intervention to support ahderence to treatments in adults with Cystic Fibrosis (with Dr Wildman and Professor O'Cathain, NIHR applied programme grants RP-PG-1212-20015, £1.98m)
  5. Production of evidence syntheses for the HS&DR programme (with Professor Goyder and colleagues, NIHR £510k)
                              

Key Recent Research Papers

  • Arain M, Campbell MJ, Nicholl J. Impact of a GP led walk-in Centre on NHS Emergency departments. Emerg Med J. 2015; 32(4):295-300, doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-202410
  • Turner J, O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Nicholl J. Impact of the urgent care telephone service NHS 111 pilot sites: a controlled before and after study. BMJ Open. 2013 Nov 14;3(11):e003451. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003451
  • Sully BG, Julious SA, Nicholl J. An investigation of the impact of futility analysis in publicly funded trials. Trials 2014 Feb 17;15(1):61. [Epub ahead of print]
  • O’Cathain A, Knowles E, Maheswaran R, Turner J, Hirst E, Goodacre S, Pearson T, Nicholl J. Hospital characteristics affecting potentially avoidable emergency admissions: national ecological study. Health Services Management Research 2014, Vol. 26(4) 110–118
  • Pickering A, Cooper K, Harnan S, Sutton A, Mason S, Nicholl J. Impact of prehospital transfer strategies in major trauma and head injury: Systematic review, meta-analysis, and recommendations for study design. J Trauma. 2015 Jan;78(1):164-77. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000000483
  • Pickering A, Harnan S, Cooper K, Sutton A, Mason S, Nicholl J. Acute ischaemic stroke patients - direct admissions to a specialist centre or initial treatment in a local hospital? A systematic review. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2015 May 19. pii: 1355819615586006. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Turner J, O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Nicholl J. Impact of the urgent care telephone service NHS 111 pilot sites: a controlled before and after study. BMJ Open. 2013 Nov 14;3(11):e003451. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003451
  • Nicholl J, Jacques RM, Campbell MJ. Direct risk standardisation: a new method for comparing casemix adjusted event rates using complex models. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013, 13.133. Doi: 10.1186-10.1186/1471-2288-13-133
  • O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Turner J, Hirst E, Goodacre S, Nicholl J. A system-wide approach to explaining variation in potentially avoidable emergency admissions: national ecological study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Jul 31. Doi: 10.1136/mjqs-2013-002003
  • Sully BG, Julious SA, Nicholl J. A reinvestigation of recruitment to randomised, controlled, multicenter trials: a review of trials funded by two UK funding agencies. Trials. 2013 Jun 9;14:166. Doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-166
  • Jacques RM, Fotheringham J, Campbell MJ, Nicholl J. Did hospital mortality in England change from 2005 to 2010? A retrospective cohort analysis. MC health Serv Res. 2013 Jun 13;13(1):216
  • Arain M, Nicholl J, Campbell M. Patients' experience and satisfaction with GP led walk-in centres in the UK; a cross sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Apr 18;13(1):142. Doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-142
  • Girling AJ, Hofer TP, Wu J, Chilton PJ, Nicholl JP, Mohammed MA, Lilford RJ,. Case-mix adjusted hospital mortality is a poor proxy for preventable mortality: a modelling study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Oct 15.
  • Blank L, Coster J, O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Tosh J, Turner J, Nicholl J. The appropriateness of, and compliance with, telephone triage decisions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. J Adv Nurs. 2012 Jun 7. Doi: 10.111/j.1365-2648.2012.06052.x.
  • Goodacre S, Wilson R, Shephard N, Nicholl J. Derivation and validation of a risk adjustment model for predicting seven day mortality in emergency medical admissions: mixed prospective and retrospective cohort study.  BMJ 2012; 344:e2904. Doi: 10.1136/bmje2904.
  • Campbell M, Jacques R, Fotheringham J, Maheswaran R, Nicholl J. Developing a summary hospital mortality index: retrospective analysis in English hospitals over five years. BMJ 2012; 344:e1001. Doi: 10.1136/bmj.e1001.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in the design of evaluations, particularly randomised controlled trials.

I am interested in supervising research students in topic areas related to my research interests in emergency and urgent care service research, and in methodological research into the design and analysis of health services research and clinical trials.  I have a particular interest in using routine (e-health) data for health services research and would be interested in supervising research students interested in developing this area of HSR.

Section

Jon is based in the Health Services Research section.