Professor Jon NichollProfessor Jon Nicholl BA, MSc, CSat, DSc

Professor of Health Services Research in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR); Dean of ScHARR, Regent Court
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The evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care and services, particularly A and E services

Jon is the Dean of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). Before taking on his role as Dean, he was for 15 years Director of the Medical Care Research Unit, which was a Department of Health Policy Research Unit.

He is an NIHR Senior Investigator, a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and also a Chartered Statistician and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Jon was Deputy Chair of the MRC Health Services and Public Health Research Board and the MRC Clinical Trials Cross-Board. He was also chair of both of the UK National Institute of Health Research clinical trial Commissioning Boards. He is currently chair of the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). His main research interests lie in the evaluation of health care and health policy, particularly in the field of emergency and urgent care.
He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 20 major Randomised Controlled Trials, and has been instrumental in developing the Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit. He has published a wide range of both trial and non-trial evaluation studies and methods papers on innovative and mixed methods approaches to evaluation.

Selected publications:

1. O’Keefe C, Turner J, Goodacre S, Nicholl J (2010) The role of ambulance response times in the survival of patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest. EMJ 28: 703–6
2. O’Cathain A, Murphy E, Nicholl J (2010) Three techniques for integrating data and findings in mixed methods studies. BMJ 341: 1147–1150.
3. Relton C, Torgerson D, O’Cathain A, Nicholl J (2010). Rethinking pragmatic randomised controlled trials: introducing the “cohort multiple randomised controlled trial” design. BMJ, 340: 963–967.