Dr Gordon Fuller


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

NIHR Health Data Science Fellow; Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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Dr Gordon Fuller
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Gordon is a consultant in emergency medicine and a National Institute of Health Research fellow in health data science. 

Clinically, he qualified with distinction from the University of Glasgow Medical School in 2002 and has completed emergency medicine training in Nottingham, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. His training has additionally included basic surgical training, and paediatric and major trauma fellowships in South Africa. He currently works in the Northern General major trauma centre.

Academically, Gordon completed a BSc (Hons, 1st) in Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow with award of the Jon Buchannan and John J Lewis Prizes. During a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship he then worked with the Trauma Audit and Research Network and completed a MPH (awarded with distinction) specialising in Global Health. He has subsequently been awarded NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship, NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship, and NIHR clinical lecturer posts at the University of Sheffield, prior to his current academic role as a NIHR health data science fellow. Gordon is a twice-winner of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Rod Little prize for research

Research interests

Gordon has a diverse range of research interests in emergency and critical care:

  • Major trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sports related concussion
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Evaluation of interventions and systems in emergency care settings

Gordon is trained and experienced in a wide range of research designs and methodologies:

  • Heath data science including:  text mining, data mining, machine learning approaches, advanced prognostic modelling 
  • Clinical trials
  • Observational research, including longitudinal follow up, diagnostic, and cohort studies
  • Systematic reviews
  • Health economic analysis (trial based and decision analysis modelling)
  • Discrete choice experiments
  • Consensus studies
  • Inter-rater agreement studies
  • Parametric survival analysis, linear regression, logistic regression, adjusted limited dependent variable modelling, multi-level modelling, multiple imputation, probabilistic sensitivity analysis, agreement and reliability statistics

Current projects:

  •  NIHR HTA. MATTS: Major Trauma Triage Study. Chief Investigator
  • NIHR HTA. Packman study: RCT - prehospital ketamine v morphine for traumatic pain. Co-investigator
  • NIHR HTA. TIME: Take home naloxone Intervention Multicentre Emergency setting feasibility trial. Co-investigator
  • NIHR HTA. PHEWS - Prehospital sepsis screening tools. Co-investigator
  • University of Swansea: Epidemiology of opioid overdose in Wales. Co-investigator.
  • University of Sheffield/Victoria State Trauma Registry. Utility values for GOS states following major trauma. Chief Investigator
  • NIHR/ University of Sheffield. GEMCARN. Global Emergency Care Research Network. Co-investigator
  • Football Association. The Prevalence of Degenerative Neurocognitive Disease in Retired Professional Footballers compared to the General Population. Co-investigator
  • World Rugby. Head Injury Assessment Project. Chief Investigator:
    • Evaluation of the World Rugby HIA process
    • Discrete choice experiment sideline - concussion screening preferences.
    • Sideline concussion cognitive screening tests in SuperRugby
    • Sideline performance of SCAT5 as a concussion screening instrument
    • Effects of exercise on SCAT-5 results
    • Reproducibility of SCAT-5 results
    • Accuracy of sideline video assessment of head impact events

Recently completed projects:

  • NIHR HTA. ACUTE: Ambulance CPAP: Use, Treatment effect and Economics randomised controlled trial. Chief investigator
  •  NIHR HTA. Thromboprophylaxsis in lower limb immobilisation. Delphi study and Study advisory group member.
  •  NIHR HTA. DIPEP: Diagnosis and investigation of PE in Pregnancy. Co-investigator
  •  NIHR HTA. The Head Injury Transportation Straight to Neurosurgery (HITSNS) Trial. Co-investigator.
  •  NIHR HTA. Themed Stroke review: Steering group member.
  •  RCEM. Should adults with a minor head injury taking direct oral anticoagulants receive a CT scan? Systematic review. Chief Investigator
  •  RCEM. Should adults with a minor head injury taking direct oral anticoagulants receive a CT scan? Pilot cohort study. Chief Investigator
  •  US National Institute for Health. Common Data Elements in Sports Related Concussion. Steering group member
  •   World Rugby. Head Injury Assessment Project:
    • Normative SCAT3 and SCAT5 values in Rugby Players
    • Tackle risk factors for head injury
    • Operational implementation of concussion in sport consensus recommendations
    • Video signs of sports related concussion
    • Community injury surveillance
    • Long term health outcomes in Rugby
  • Rugby Football Union. Diagnostic accuracy of the King-Devick test for sports related concussion. Chief investigator

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Conference proceedings papers


  • Johnston S, Snooks H, Jones J, Bell F, Benger J, Black S, Dixon S, Edwards A, Evans B, Fuller G , Goodacre S et al (2021) PP25 The take home naloxone intervention multicentre emergency setting feasibility (TIME) trial: an early perspective from one UK ambulance service. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holt C, Keating S, Tonkins M, Bradbury D & Fuller G (2021) PP39 What is the risk of major trauma following a fall down stairs? – A systematic review. RIS download Bibtex download


Professional activities and memberships
  •  Specialist registrar in emergency and intensive care medicine
  •  Clinical lecturer in emergency medicine
  •  World Rugby Head Injury Assessment Research Group investigator
  •  International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport expert panel member
  •  Associate editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine
  •  Trial Steering Group member PHRASE trial
  •  Global Emergency Care Research Network co-investigator
  •  National Ambulance Research Steering Group member
  •  Clinical academic training lead, CURE, University of Sheffield
  •  RCEM Emergency Medicine Trainee Research Network (TERN) member