Jim Chilcott

BSc (Manchester), MSc (Strathclyde)

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Professor of Healthcare Decision Modelling

+44 114 222 0689

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Jim Chilcott
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

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

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.

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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Payne N, Akehurst R, Beard S, Brennan A, Calvert N, Chilcott J, Mccabe C, Paisley S & Ward S (2017) Supporting purchasing in acute specialties in the trent region, Controlling Costs: Strategic Issues in Health Care Management (pp. 118-130). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


  • Whyte S, Thomas C, Kearns B, Webster M & Chilcott J (2017) Optimising Bowel Cancer Screening Phase 1: Optimising the cost effectiveness of repeated FIT screening and screening strategies combining bowel scope and FIT screening View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Tappenden P, Brennan A, Chilcott J & Squires H Using Whole Disease Modelling to inform economic recommendations for the detection, diagnosis, treatment and followup of colorectal cancer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chilcott J, Mildred M & Hummel S Use of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm in the calibration of a patient level simulation of prostate cancer screening. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Pandor A, Eastham J, Beverley C, Chilcott J & Paisley S (2005) Clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of neonatal screening for inborn errors of metabolism using tandem mass spectrometry: A systematic review. INT J TECHNOL ASSESS, 21(1), 150-150. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

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 scharr-pgr@sheffield.ac.uk.

Professional activities and memberships
  • 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