Professor Kate Thomas

School of Health and Related Research

Honorary Professor of Health Services Research

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Professor Kate Thomas
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Prof Kate Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in academic health services research at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds. She has published approximately 50 primary research papers in peer-reviewed journals (selected publications below).

She recently completed a two-year research consultancy working with colleagues from the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds on a Medical Research Council methodology research project and is currently a consultant on a project exploring the potential for utilising financial incentives to improve breastfeeding rates in localities with very low breastfeeding rates (The NOSH Trial). This project is funded by the Medical Research Council through its National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI). This initiative funds research aimed at improving health and preventing diseases. It supports research on behaviours associated with significant risks to health, such as poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and on the environmental factors that influence those behaviours.

Professional activities

Research commissioning roles

  • Member of the commissioning Board of the NIHR Health Services Research (NIHR HSR) Programme (2009 – 2011)
  • Member of the commissioning panel of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (NCC HTA) Programme (2003 – 2009)
  • Member of National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Group (2004 – 2007)
  • Member of the Department of Health Research Capacity Development (NCCRCD) Advisory Committee on Research Training Fellowships (2002 - 2004)