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Professor Tim Peters

Professor Tim Peters

Professor Tim Peters
BSc, MSc, PhD, CStat, FFPH, FHEA, Hon FRCSLT, Hon FRCGP, FMedSci

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

Professor of Primary Care Health Services Research

Area of research

Medical statistics and randomised controlled trials

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Second Floor, Learning and Research BS10 5NB
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+44 (0) 7792 696219
+44 (0) 117 323 5342
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Tim Peters is Professor of Primary Care Health Services Research at Bristol Medical School and is Research Director for the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bristol. A statistician and trialist with 35 years' experience of epidemiology and research on health and health services, mostly in primary care, his research interests focus on community-based evaluations of health interventions, ranging from surgical and medical procedures through to the organisation of health care services. Many of these evaluations involve randomised trials conducted by multidisciplinary research teams including quantitative and qualitative methodologists. His particular areas of interest are mental health and chronic disease. Tim has also conducted research on the methodology of trials, especially where groups of individuals are randomised (cluster trials) or where there is interest in exploring the extent to which interventions confer greater benefit to some individuals than to others (subgroup analyses). A further priority in his career has been the development and supervision of other researchers from a variety of backgrounds – Tim has supervised 20 doctoral degrees amongst a total of 23 research degrees undertaken by doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and research methodologists. Tim has extensive experience of being a member of and/or chairing strategy and grants committees for applied health research and methodology, covering RCTs, programme grants and fellowship proposals for organisations including the MRC, NIHR, Health Care Research Wales, Health Research Board in Ireland, Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dimbleby Cancer Care and the Wellcome Trust. He was a member of sub-panels in RAE2008 and REF2014 and is a member of sub-panel 2 for REF2021. He holds Honoraray Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and of Speech and Language Therapists, is an NIHR Senior Investigator (Emeritus) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.


My research interests involve applied health services research, principally in a primary care setting, over a variety of substantive areas - in particular, mental health, obstetrics, cardiovascular disease and urology. In addition, I am active in various areas of methodological research, generally focussing on randomised trials and particularly on subgroup analyses and cluster randomised trials. My achievements include numerous research grants from competitive sources of research funding in health-related research and papers in major international peer-reviewed journals - including the winners of the RCGP/Boots the Chemists Research Paper of the Year Award in 2000 and 2003.

  • healthcare
  • primary care
  • mental health
  • obstetrics
  • cardiovascular disease
  • urology
  • randomised trials
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