Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Loading content
Dr Jason Hancock

Dr Jason Hancock

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Honorary Clinical Lecturer, PhD student

 College House 1.15


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Jason is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Manchester medical school before completing his core and higher specialist training in Psychiatry in Devon.

Broad research specialisms

Jason is currently completing a PhD studying the potential association between tolerance of ambiguity in medical students and doctors in training and mental health morbidity. He has previously worked as a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Old Age Psychiatry and completed a Masters in applied health services research with the University of Exeter.

Twitter: @DrJasonHancock


  • MBChB (Hons), University of Manchester, 2009
  • PGCMedE, Dundee University, 2011
  • MRCPsych, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2014
  • MSc, University of Exeter, 2017


Research interests

Jason has an interest in how medical students and doctors tolerate ambiguity in clinical practice. This includes the factors that may influence ambiguity tolerance, the potential consequences of low levels of ambiguity tolerance, and the interventions that could enhance ambiguity tolerance in medical students and doctors.

Jason also has an interest in applied health services research, implementation science, and quality improvement within mental health. This has included the development of an intervention to perform physical health monitoring within a secondary care mental health setting, and an evaluation of its acceptability. 


Research projects

Jason is currently working on a PhD investigating the potential association between ambiguity tolerance and mental health morbidity within medical students and doctors in training. As part of this project Jason has developed a tool to evaluate levels of ambiguity tolerance in the medical student and junior doctor population.

He also has an interest in interventions that may enhance ambiguity tolerance in these populations such as engagement in medical humanities at undergraduate level, or engagement in balint groups.


Hancock J, Roberts M, Monrouxe L, Mattick K. Medical student and junior doctors' tolerance of ambiguity: development of a new scale. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2015 Mar;20(1):113-30. doi: 10.1007/s10459-014-9510-z.

Hancock J, Matthews J, Ukoumunne O, Lang I, Somerfield D, Wenman J, Dickens C. Variation in ambulance call rates for care homes in Torbay, UK. Health and Social care in the community. 2016. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12381

Hammond J, Hancock J, Martin M, Jamieson S, Mellor D. Development of a New Scale to Measure Ambiguity Tolerance in Veterinary Students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 2017. DOI:

Hancock J, Hammond J, Roberts M, Mattick K. Comparing Tolerance of Ambiguity in Veterinary and Medical Students, Journal of Veterinary medical education, 2017 Fall;44(3):523-530. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0916-150R1.


Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile