Jim Chilcott BSc (Manchester), MSc (Strathclyde)


Professor of Healthcare Decision Modelling

The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 2017

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0689
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749

E-mail: j.b.chilcott@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-1231-7817



I gained my Mathematics degree from the University of Manchester in 1985 and my MSc in Operational Research from Strathclyde in 1986. For 10 years following the MSc I worked in Operational Research consultancy, giving practical decision support right across the health sector from hospitals to Department, in addition to the mining, banking and education sectors.

I joined ScHARR in 1996 to focus on healthcare decision support. From 2002 to 2008 I was the Technical Director of ScHARR Technology Assessment Group responsible for the scientific quality of the group's work for the NICE Technology Appraisals Programme.

I am a founding member and Technical Director of the Public Health Collaborating Centre at ScHARR.

Research interests

* Modelling in public health

* Modelling in cancer and cancer screening

* Methodological modelling interests including:

  • the modelling process and errors in HTA models
  • cognitive mapping for systematic reviews in complex settings
  • structural uncertainty in models
  • Bayesian analysis of joint disease natural history and test characteristics in screening
  • value of information methods
  • probabilistic sensitivity analysis methods
  • meta modelling
  • information gathering processes for models

Professional activities

  • Member of the Operational Research Society
  • Member of the Society for Social Medicine
  • Member of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi)
  • Associate Editor for Journal of the Operational Research Society 2009-present
  • Guest member of NHS NTA Commissioning Board 2007

Current projects

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2011-2012): NICE Collaborating Centre for Public Health Excellence. With E Goyder, S Paisley, R L Akehurst
  • NHS Cancer Screening Programmes (2010-2011): Revisiting the options appraisal for colorectal cancer screening. With S Whyte
  • UK National Screening Committee (2009-2010): Prostate Cancer Screening Options Appraisal Parts I & II. With S Hummel
  • NHS Cancer Screening Programmes (2009-2010): Bowel cancer screening in England: Analysis of the FOBT referral point. With S Whyte
  • National Cancer Registry of Ireland (2009-2011):Cost-effectiveness of strategies for colorectal cancer prevention in Ireland. With S Whyte and H Pilgrim
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2008-2011): NICE Collaborating Centre for Public Health Excellence. With E Goyder, S Paisley and R Akehurst
  • NHS Cancer Screening Programme (2008-2013): Analytical support to the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

PhD supervision

  • Paul Tappenden Role and value of modelling whole disease areas. Department of Health Personal Award Scheme Fellowship (Dec 2007-Nov 2010)
  • Mark Strong Methods for quantifying structural uncertainty in public health decision models. Medical Research Council Fellowship in Health Services/Public Health Research (Sep 2007 - Sep 2011)
  • Hazel Squires A methodological framework for developing the structure of public health economic models. NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (Oct 2010 - Oct 2013)

If you are interested in studying for a PhD in any of the areas listed under my research interests above, please contact Charlotte Hollins.

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles