Emeritus Professor Allen Hutchinson

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Emeritus Professor


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Emeritus Professor Allen Hutchinson
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I qualified in medicine at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970 and became a Principal in General Practice in Ashington, Northumberland from 1974 to 1989. I worked in the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1980 to 1993, when I took a joint appointment as Professor of Public Health at the University of Hull and Director of Public Health for Hull and East Riding.

I came to the University of Sheffield in 1997 as Director of the Section of Public Health until 2007 and had an Honorary Consultant contract with NHS Yorkshire and the Humber until December 2008.

In October 2010 I took retirement and have been awarded an Emeritus Professorship.

Research interests
  • Safer health care, with particular interest in applied ergonomics
  • Effective clinical practice at the interface between primary and secondary care
  • Evidence based practice
  • Methodology Research Programme. Medical Records Review Methods [PI], £476,000, 2004-2007
  • European Commission DG Sanco. Mapping Professional Home Care in Europe [Co-investigator] Euro 97000, 2007-2010
  • European Commission DG Sanco. Primary Healthcare Activity Monitor for Europe (Co-investigator), Euro 95000, 2007-2010
  • DoH Policy Research Programme. Safety and Effectiveness of Supplementary Prescribing [Co-investigator], £250,000, 2005-2008
  • Patient Safety Research Programme. Medication Hazard Analysis [Co-investigator] £75,000, 2004-2005
  • National Patient Safety Agency. Factors Influencing Rates of Adverse Event Reporting by Hospitals [PI], £15,000, 2005-2006
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (NICE Guideline Programme) [PI], £450,000, 2001-2004
Teaching interests

Engaging medical students and health care staff in the safer patients agenda

Professional activities and memberships
  • Dean, Faculty of Medicine, 2007-2008
  • Member, NICE Guidelines Committee, 2001-2003
  • Chair, Chief Medical Officer's Working Group on CFS/ME, 1999-2001