Jon Nicholl CBE, DSc, FFPH, FMedSci
Professor of Health Services Research
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 5201
Fax: (+44) (0)114 272 4095 (non-confidential)
I am Professor of Health Services Research (1994-) in ScHARR, and was Dean of the School (2010-2017). I was also the inaugural Director of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (2012-2017). I was Director of the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield from 1993 - 2010. Before coming to Sheffield 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 (Emeritus) and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. I 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.
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
- Chair of Sectional Committee 7 of the Academy of Medical Sciences
- Member of the NIHR Senior Investigators appointments panel
- Chair of the Commissioning Panel for NHS Policy Research Units
- Chair of the Selection Panel for Members of the NIHR School for Social Care
- Member CLAHRC West Midlands Scientific Advisory Group
- Chair PARAMEDIC2 Trial Steering Committee
- Chair RePHILL Trial Data Monitoring Committee
- Member of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Partnership (2008- )
Current Research Projects
- Evaluation of Medical Examiners' Reviews to identify potentially avoidable deaths due to problems in care (with Prof. Goodacre and colleagues. NIHR £650k)
- Invasive dentistry and infective endocarditis (IDEA) study (with Professor Thornhill and colleagues, NIHR HTA £350k)
- NIHR School for Public Health Research (with Professor Goyder and colleagues, NIHR £2.25m)
- 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)
- Production of evidence syntheses for the HS&DR programme (with Professor Goyder and colleagues, NIHR £510k)
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.
Jon is based in the Health Services Research section.
Please follow this link for the extended list of publications.
- Snooks HA, Anthony R, Chatters R, Dale J, Fothergill RT, Gaze S, Halter M, Humphreys I, Koniotou M, Logan P, Lyons RA, Mason S, Nicholl J, Peconi J, Phillips C, Porter A, Siriwardena AN, Wani M, Watkins A, Wilson L & Russell IT (2017) Paramedic Assessment of Older Adults After Falls, Including Community Care Referral Pathway: Cluster Randomized Trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 70(4), 495-505.e28. View this article in WRRO
- O'Cathain A, Salisbury C, Thomas C, Edwards L, Gaunt D, Dixon P, Hollinghurst S, Nicholl J, Large S, Yardley L, Fahey T, Foster A, Garner K, Horspool K, Man M, Rogers A, Pope C & Montgomery A (2016) Telehealth for patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 353. View this article in WRRO
- Salisbury C, O'Cathain A, Edwards L, Thomas C, Gaunt D, Hollinghurst S, Nicholl J, Large S, Yardley L, Lewis G, Foster A, Garner K, Horspool K, Man M-S, Rogers A, Pope C, Dixon P & Montgomery AA (2016) Effectiveness of an integrated telehealth service for patients with depression: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention. The Lancet Psychiatry, 3(6), 515-525. View this article in WRRO
- Arain M, Campbell MJ & Nicholl JP (2015) Impact of a GP-led walk-in centre on NHS emergency departments.. Emerg Med J, 32(4), 295-300.
- O'Cathain A, Knowles E, Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Turner J, Hirst E, Goodacre S & Nicholl J (2014) A system-wide approach to explaining variation in potentially avoidable emergency admissions: national ecological study.. BMJ Qual Saf, 23(1), 47-55. View this article in WRRO
- Turner J, O'Cathain A, Knowles E & Nicholl JP (2013) Impact of the urgent care telephone service NHS 111 pilot sites: a controlled before and after study. BMJ Open, 3. View this article in WRRO
- Nicholl J, Jacques RM & Campbell MJ (2013) Direct risk standardisation: a new method for comparing casemix adjusted event rates using complex models.. BMC Med Res Methodol, 13, 133. View this article in WRRO
- Sully BGO, Julious SA & Nicholl J (2013) A reinvestigation of recruitment to randomised, controlled, multicenter trials: a review of trials funded by two UK funding agencies.. Trials, 14, 166. View this article in WRRO
- Goodacre S, Wilson R, Shephard N, Nicholl J & DAVROS Research Team (2012) Derivation and validation of a risk adjustment model for predicting seven day mortality in emergency medical admissions: mixed prospective and retrospective cohort study.. BMJ, 344, e2904. View this article in WRRO
- Campbell MJ, Jacques RM, Fotheringham J, Maheswaran R & Nicholl J (2012) Developing a summary hospital mortality index: retrospective analysis in English hospitals over five years.. BMJ, 344, e1001. View this article in WRRO
- Roberts I, Prieto-Merino D, Shakur H, Chalmers I & Nicholl J (2011) Effect of consent rituals on mortality in emergency care research. The Lancet, 377(9771), 1071-1072.
- O'Cathain A, Murphy E & Nicholl J (2010) Three techniques for integrating data in mixed methods studies.. BMJ, 341, c4587.
- (2010) Rethinking pragmatic randomised controlled trials: Introducing the "cohort multiple randomised controlled trial" design. BMJ (Online), 340(7753), 963-967.
- McCulloch P, Altman DG, Campbell WB, Flum DR, Glasziou P, Marshall JC, Nicholl J & Balliol Collaboration (2009) Surgical Innovation and Evaluation 3 No surgical innovation without evaluation: the IDEAL recommendations. LANCET, 374(9695), 1105-1112.
- Gray A, Goodacre S, Newby DE, Masson M, Sampson F, Nicholl J & 3CPO Trialists (2008) Noninvasive ventilation in acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema. NEW ENGL J MED, 359(2), 142-151.
- Lilford RJ, Brown CA & Nicholl J (2007) Use of process measures to monitor the quality of clinical practice. BRIT MED J, 335(7621), 648-650.
- Nicholl J, West J, Goodacre S & Turner J (2007) The relationship between distance to hospital and patient mortality in emergencies: an observational study.. Emerg Med J, 24(9), 665-668.
- Munro J, Nicholl J, O'Cathain A & Knowles E (2000) Impact of NHS direct on demand for immediate care: observational study.. BMJ, 321(7254), 150-153. View this article in WRRO
- Sakr M, Angus J, Perrin J, Nixon C, Nicholl J & Wardrope J (1999) Care of minor injuries by emergency nurse practitioners or junior doctors: a randomised controlled trial.. Lancet, 354(9187), 1321-1326.
- Nicholl J & Turner J (1997) Effectiveness of a regional trauma system in reducing mortality from major trauma: before and after study.. BMJ, 315(7119), 1349-1354.
- Majeed AW, Troy G, Nicholl JP, Smythe A, Reed MW, Stoddard CJ, Peacock J & Johnson AG (1996) Randomised, prospective, single-blind comparison of laparoscopic versus small-incision cholecystectomy.. Lancet, 347(9007), 989-994.
- Nicholl JP, Brazier JE & Snooks HA (1995) Effects of London helicopter emergency medical service on survival after trauma.. BMJ, 311(6999), 217-222.
- (1992) Randomised controlled trial of cost-effectiveness of lithotripsy and open cholecystectomy as treatments for gallbladder stones. The Lancet, 340(8823), 801-807.