Professor Nicky Britten
Professor of Applied Health Care Research
Nicky Britten was Professor of Applied Health Care Research at Peninsula Medical School and then the University of Exeter Medical School from 2002-2020. She is now Professor Emerita. She is a medical sociologist with particular interests in communication about, and use of, prescribed medicines; qualitative research and the synthesis of qualitative research; and patient and public involvement in research. She has published well over 200 peer reviewed articles about a wide range of topics in sociology, primary care, and health services research as well as several books. She is one of the top 2% most highly cited authors in the field of public health internationally. Nicky Britten’s book ‘Medicines and Society: patients, professionals and the dominance of pharmaceuticals’ (Palgrave 2008) argued that patients and the public are insufficiently involved at all stages of the life cycle of prescription medicines.
Nicky Britten is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and is a former resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. She was appointed visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person Centred Care from 2018-2020.
Nicky Britten is currently a member of the Exeter Living Lab which is linked to the university's Global Systems Institute and to Exeter City Futures, in support of the Net Zero Exeter 2030 Plan. The aim of the Lab is to map, support and amplify practical but radical efforts in Exeter and central Devon that accelerate a sustainable future using a collaborative framework that identifies and helps prioritise win-wins and positive tipping points.
- BA Mathematics, Oxford University, 1975
- MSc Management Science, Imperial College London, 1976
- PhD Sociology, London University, 1996
Research group links
Rehabilitation enablement in chronic heart failure: REACH-HF. https://www.royalcornwall.nhs.uk/services/research-development-innovation/rehabilitation-enablement-chronic-heart-failure-reach-hf/
PARTNERS2: development and pilot trial of primary care based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness.
Patient and Public Involvement in PenCLAHRC (PPI).
TriMaster: Patients’ experiences and treatment preferences in an N of 1 trial of third line therapy for people with type 2 diabetes.
University of Gothenburg Centre for Person Centred Care: and ethnographic study of narrative elicitation on hospital wards in Sweden.
2012-2017 - NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research. £1,999,896
“REACH-HF: Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure” (H Dalal, R Taylor, Geach L, Abraham C, Greaves C, Green C, Austin J, Wingham, J, Packard J, Jolly K, Doherty P, Williams R, Lewin B, van Lingen R, Davis R, Singh S, Britten N)
2013-2018 - NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research £1,997,562
“PARTNERS2: development and pilot trial of primary care based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness” (M Birchwood, R Byng, A Roalfe, E England, L Davies, L Gask, M Birchwood, M Calvert, M Clark, N Britten, P Jones, P Huxley, P Lewis, S Love, S Reilly, V Pinfold)
2014-2018 - University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care 1,998,000 SEK
“The Challenges of Translating Person-Centred Care from Theory into Practice” (N Britten, L Moore, M Elam, D Lydahl, A Wolf)
2013-2019 – NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care in the Southwest Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) £7,618,000
(S Logan, K Stein, C Abraham, R Byng, N Britten, D Richards, C Hyde)
2015-2021 Medical Research Council £3,281,876
“MRC ABPI STratification and Extreme Response Mechanism IN Diabetes: MASTERMIND” (A Hattersley, E Pearson, M Walker, N Sattar, M Weedon, R Holman, A Farmer, B Shields, JK Cruickshank, B Delaney, W Henley, N Britten, A Jones, R Lindsay)
External Engagement and Impact
Resident, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Italy 2006
Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2004
British Academy Senior Research Fellow 2000-2001