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Julia Hippisley-Cox

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & General Practice, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice in the Division of Primary Care and a sessional GP in Nottingham.

She qualified with distinction from Sheffield University Medical School in 1989 where she was awarded the Prize Medal in Medicine and Surgery finals, the Dr Louis Debson Prize for General Practice; the Sigmund Shultz prize for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Bronze Medal for final MB parts 11a and 11b (awarded to the best student in the year).

In 1995 she was awarded a distinction in the MRCGP examination and awarded FRCGP in 2005.She was made a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1994, becoming a Fellow in 2013. Following training in both general medicine and general practice, she entered academic general practice as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1995. She was awarded her doctoral thesis in 1998 and promoted to senior lecturer in 1999, reader in 2004 and chair in 2005. She has been a principal in general practice (1995-2002) and a sessional GP since then in an inner city practice in Nottingham.

She was awarded a Bronze Clinical Excellence Award in 2004 and a Sliver Clinical Excellence award in 2009 for an outstanding contribution to the NHS. in 2009 she was also awarded the John Fry Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2012 she was awarded RCGP paper of the year for the best paper published during 2011 in the cancer category. In 2013 she was awarded the Dr John Perry Prize for an outstanding contribution to NHS IT.

She was co-founder of the QResearch database ( which is one of the largest clinical research databases worldwide. She also established QSurveillance ( which is one of the worlds largest real time surveillance systems for infectious diseases. Her research interests are very broad and include the development of risk prediction algorithms using electronic databases from general practices. She has developed and validated risk prediction algorithms for a range of diseases including cardiovascular disease ( She is director of small medical software company (ClinRisk Ltd).

Teaching Summary

My teaching include

- medical student undergraduate teaching within the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham

- I am a trustee of the EMIS National User Group which is an educational Charity to improve IT systems to benefit patients and professionals representing GP practices using EMIS computer systems. This includes development of educational materials for website; design & organise annual conferences with 500+ delegates; delivery of lectures on clinical research and integration of resulting tools into NHS IT systems, for example,

- delivery of postgraduate educational and training sessions to CCGs interested in implementing risk prediction models into clinical practice

- I am a founder member the Macmillan clinical reference group which includes Macmillan, CRUK, RCGP, academics & GP IT suppliers. This group helps focuses on methods for early diagnosis of cancer by developing and implementing QCancer & develop training and educational materials to support this across the NHS,

-I have lead workshops to provide education and training on the use of the new openpseudonymiser software attended by range of organisations including academic, NHS, HSCIC, NHS England, Information Commissioners Office

-I delivered the Tony Mitchell lecture on personalised medicine in 2013

Research Summary

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox is a General Practitioner and researcher whose innovative methods have been recognised by her peers in the UK and internationally. Her recent projects have included… read more

Selected Publications

Professor Hippisley-Cox reviews grants for many funding bodies and papers for many journals. She is a member of the Confidentiality Advisory Committe

Current Research

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox is a General Practitioner and researcher whose innovative methods have been recognised by her peers in the UK and internationally. Her recent projects have included establishing QResearch, the largest clinical research database in the world in partnership with leading clinical systems provider EMIS, and also QSurveillance, the largest surveillance system of its kind worldwide.

Research interests:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Health inequalities
  • Science of health informatics
  • Analysis and manipulation of large Primary Care datasets
  • Planning and measuring health service delivery Techniques
  • Epidemiological research (trend analysis / prevalence / incidence & mortality rates analysis / quality of care analysis)
  • Informatics
  • Innovative methodologies for analysing of primary care and public health databases
  • Evaluation of the implementation of RCT findings in Primary Care

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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