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University of Exeter Medical School

Professor Paul Dieppe

Professor Paul Dieppe

Emeritus Professor of Health & Wellbeing


 +44 (0) 1392 724813

 South Cloisters 2.34


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Paul qualified as a doctor in London in 1970. He specialized in rheumatology and became ARC professor of rheumatology in Bristol in 1987, and then Dean of the Bristol Faculty of Medicine between 1994 and 1997. He then switched to health services research and was the Director of the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration between 1997 and 2007. After that he spent a short time at the University of Exeter before moving to the Peninsular Medical School to work in clinical education research.

With the formation of the new Exeter Medical School, he then took on the new role of Professor of Health and Wellbeing, and is working on setting up a network of people in and around Exeter with academic interests in health and wellbeing.

Paul is also doing a part-time PhD on healing.

Broad research specialisms

  • Rheumatology
  • Health Services Research


  • BSc
  • MD
  • FRCP
  • FFPH

Research group links

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Research interests

  • Clinical features and management of osteoarthritis
  • Provision of joint replacement surgery
  • Placebo effects
  • Caring and healing
  • Health and wellbeing

Research projects

  • Peri-operative care of people undergoing lower limb joint replacement (NIHR programme grant in conjunction with Bristol)
  • Post-operative knee pain after joint surgery (NIHR programme development grant with Bristol)
  • Infection after joint replacement surgery (NIHR programme grant with Bristol)
  • Analysis of data from the National Joint Replacement Registry (HQUIP funded grant in conjunction with Bristol)
  • Understanding ‘healing’ in the context of 21st century UK medicine (PhD project)
  • Galenic principles of health and wellbeing (HASS sponsored research in conjunction with colleagues in Exeter)


See above – 2 NIHR proogramme grants, 1 NIHR programme development grant, 1 HASS grant

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External Engagement and Impact


NIHR Senior Investigator, 2009-15

Fellow of the ACR

Lifetime achievement award from OARSI

Committee/panel activities

National Joint Registry committees

Editorial responsibilities

None at present (lots in the past)

Invited lectures

Huge numbers all over the world

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