Professor Carl Thompson

Professor Carl Thompson

Chair in Applied Health Research


Summary: Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing

Location: Baines Wing


Professor Thompson joined the University of Leeds in February 2015 as a Chair in Applied Health Research.

Carl is a health services researcher who focuses on clinical decision making and judgement by healthcare professionals and the the implementation of research findings. Carl's professional career began as a nurse before a degree in Social Policy followed by an ESRC-funded PhD examining NHS quality improvement at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. Carl has written or co-edited 3 books on evaluation and decision making, written more than 100 journal articles and is a former co-editor of the BMJ/RCN journal Evidence Based Nursing. Prior to coming to Leeds, he held a personal Chair in Heath Sciences at the University of York.

Professor Thompson led the NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds York, and Bradford's TRiP-LaB (Translating Research into Practice in Leeds and Bradford) theme - a £4 million initiative to increase the uptake of innovation and research evidence in the NHS in West Yorkshire and is currently part of the NIHR CLAHRC for Yorkshire and Humber. Carl was a Non-Executive Director of Leeds York Foundation NHS Trust between 2014 and 2016 and is a panel member for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research scheme.

Current work includes:

  • "transforming health services" theme in the NIHR CLAHRC for Yorkshire and the Humber (With Professor Rebecca Lawton [Psychology, Leeds and Bradford Research Institute] and Professor Robby Foy [Leeds Institute of Health Sciences].   (NIHR)
  • Evaluating the use of Evidence Briefing Service by Clinical Commissioning Groups (NIHR HSDR with Paul Wilson, Manchester Business School)
  • measuring the relationship between staffing and quality in care homes (NIHR HSDR with Karen Spilsbury [PI], School of Healthcare)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-consequences of Values Based Recruitment in the NHS (DH Policy Research Programme) With Professor Karen Spilsbury.
  • PhD Social Policy, University of York, 1997
  • BSc Hons Social Policy, first class with distinction, University of York 1993.

Potential PhD Students

 Carl is interested in students with questions and ideas for empirical research relating to clinical decision making and judgement; implementation science in healthcare.