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Prof. Nicholas Steel

Clinical Professor in Public Health

Co Investigator on English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA); Global Burden of Disease (GBD) collaborator with Public Health England, IHME at University of Washington, Seattle, and WHO/EU funded projects and networks; Collaborator on ageing research using THIN (large primary care clinical dataset); Research into comorbidity, polypharmacy, attitudes to health risks

Nick’s research interests focus on preventing adverse events and improving outcomes in people with complex health problems managed in primary care. Current research projects include a study of GPs and people with multiple conditions setting goals together, measuring health in older participants in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, using the Global Burden of Disease Study in England, analysis of primary care databases (THIN and CPRD), and primary healthcare for vulnerable adults including refugees.

After graduating from Bristol medical school, he trained in general practice in Yorkshire, Australia and New Zealand. Working as a general practitioner in the contrasting environments of urban deprivation in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and rural North Norfolk, he became interested in the different views of patients, GPs and hospital clinicians about the balance of benefits and harms from treating raised blood pressure. He went on to train in public health and health policy at the University of Cambridge and RAND Health in California as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, before returning to the ideal research population of Norfolk.

He teaches medical students and doctors in training, and supervises postgraduate students and doctors and specialists on the NHS regional public health training programme.