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NIHR SPHR Director recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are proud to announce that our Director, Professor Jon Nicholl, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for his outstanding contribution to health research.

Professor Jon Nicholl has been named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced at the weekend (13-14 June 2015).

Professor Jon Nicholl is Director of the National Institute for Health Research’s School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) and leads the Management Group overseeing on-going research studies aimed at building the evidence base for effective public health practice. He is also the University of Sheffield’s Professor of Health Services Research and the Dean for the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). He was Director of the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield from 1993 – 2010.

His main field of research is the evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care, particularly Accident and Emergency services, and also the methodological research related to the design of health service evaluations.

“I was surprised and delighted to hear about the honour – in fact I think it is fair to say I was absolutely astonished,” said Professor Nicholl.

He added: “My CBE is not just about my own work – it really reflects also on the highly esteemed colleagues I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years for whose support I am very thankful.”

In addition to his roles at the NIHR’s School for Public Health Research and the University of Sheffield, Professor John Nicholl is also an NIHR Senior Investigator and was Chair of the NIHR HTA Programme Commissioning Board from 2005 to 2010, and their Clinical Trials Board from 2007 to 2010. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council´s Health Services and Public Health Research Board and their Clinical Trials Board.


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