Professor Ian Watt

BSc, MB, ChB, MPH, FFPH

Associate Dean (International)

Role at Hull York Medical School

Professor Ian Watt is the head of the Centre for Health and Population Sciences, one of the main Hull York Medical School research centres.

Biography

Ian is an academic general practitioner and public health physician. He trained in medicine at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. Following qualification, he specialised in general practice and public health, and has worked in a number of different settings both in the UK and abroad.

He joined the University of York in 1994 when he took up a post in the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, and was appointed Professor of Primary and Community Care in the Department of Health Studies in 1997. He is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health England.

Research

Professor Watt's main research interests are patient involvement and communication in health care, patient safety, and the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions.

Teaching

Professor Watt's main teaching responsibilities address aspects of patient centred care, patient and professional communication, and global health. He is a member of the programme management team for the Masters in Public Health.

Publications
  • Nettleton S, Burrows R and Watt I. Regulating Medical Bodies? The 'Modernisation' of the NHS and the Disembodiment of Clinical Knowledge Sociology of Health and Illness 2008; 30(3): 333-348
  • Nettleton S, Burrows R and Watt I. How do you feel doctor? An analysis of emotional aspects of routine professional medical work.  Social Theory and Health 2008; 6: 18-36
  • Wilson P, Booth AM, Eastwood A, Watt IS.  Deconstructing media coverage of trastuzumab (Herceptin): An analysis of national newspaper coverage.  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2008; 101(99): 125-132
  • Epstein O, Perkin GD, Cookson J, Watt IS, Rakhit R, Robins A, Hornett GAW.  Fourth Edition, Clinical Examination  Mosby Elsevier 2008, London
  • Watt IS  Consultation, medical history and record taking.  In: Epstein O, Perkin GD, Cookson J, Watt IS, Rakhit R, Robins A, Hornett GAW (eds). Fourth Edition, Clinical Examination  Mosby Elsevier, London,  2008; 1-19
  • Skea Z, Entwistle VA, Watt IS.  ‘Avoiding harm to others’ considerations in relation to parental meales, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination discussions – an analysis of an online chat forum.  Social Science & Medicine 2008; 67(9): 1382- 1390
  • Watt IS, Nettleton S, Burrows R. The views of doctors on their working lives:  A qualitative study.  Journal of Royal Society Medicine 2008; 101(12): 592-7
  • Entwistle V, Watt I.  Involving patients in decision making. In:  Thompson C, Dowding D (eds) Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses  Churchill Livingstone Elsevier London, 2009, 217 - 234
  • Birks Y, McKendree J, Watt I.  Emotional intelligence and perceived stress in healthcare students: A multi-institutional, multi-professional survey.  BMC Medical Education 2009; 9(1): 61
  • Cox H, Tilbrook H, Aplin J, Chuang L-H, Hewitt C, Jayakody S, Semlyen A, Soares MO, Torgerson D, Trewhela A, Watt I, Worthy G.  A pragmatic multi-centred randomised controlled trial of yoga for chronic low back pain:  trial protocol.  Complementary Therapy for Clinical Practice 2010; 16(2): 76-80
  • Cox H, Tilbrook H, Alpin J, Semlyen A, Torgerson D, Trewhela A, Watt I.  A randomised controlled trial of yoga for the treatment of chronic low back pain:  Results of a pilot study.  Complementary Therapy for Clinical Practice 2010; 16(4): 187-193
  • Hall J, Peat M, Birks Y, Golder S, Watt I, on behalf of the PIPS Group.  Effectiveness of interventions designed to promote patient involvement to enhance safety:  A systematic review.  Quality & Safety in Health Care 2010; 19(5): e10
  • Peat M, Entwistle V, Hall J, Birks Y, Golder S, Watt I, on behalf of the PIPS Group.  A scoping review and approach to appraisal of interventions intended to involve patients in patient safety.  Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2010; 15(Suppl 1): 17-25
  • The EVERT Trial Team.  The EVERT (effective verruca treatments) trial protocol:  a pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate crypotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of verrucae.  Trials 2010; 11:12
  • Hanbury A, Thompson C, Wilson PM, Farley K, Chambers D, Warren E, Bibby J, Mannion R, Watt IS, Gilbody S.  Translating research into practice in Leeds and Bradford (TRiPLaB): a protocol for a programme of research.  Implementation Science 2010; 5:37
  • Ainsworth HR, Torgerson DJ, Torgerson CJ, Bene J, Grant C, Ford S, Watt I.  The effect of hypnotherapy on exam anxiety and exam performance:  A pilot randomised controlled trial.  Effective Education 2010; (IN PRESS)
  • Entwistle VA, McCaughan D, Watt I, Birks Y, Hall J, Peat M, Williams B, Wright J, on behalf of the PIPS Group.  Speaking up about safety concerns: multi-setting qualitative study of patients’ views and experiences.  Quality and Safety in Health Care 2010; 19(3): e33
  • Winterbottom AE, Jha V, Melville C, Corrado O, Symons J, Torgerson D, Watt I, Wright J.  A randomised controlled trial of patient led safety training in medical education: protocol.  BMC Medical Education 2010; 10:90
  • Cockayne S, Hewitt C, Hicks K, Jayakody S, Stamuli E, Turner G, Thomas K, Curran M, Denby G, Hashmi F, Mcintosh C, McLarnon N, Torgerson D, Watt I.  Cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of verrucae:  A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis.  BMJ 2011; 342:
  • Cockayne S, Curran M, Denby G, Hashmi F, Hewitt C, Hicks K, Jayakody S, McIntosh C, McLarnon N, Stamuli E, Thomas K, Turner G, Torgerson D, Watt I.  EVerT:  Cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for treatment of verrucae:  A randomised controlled trial.  Health Technology Assessment 2011; 15(32): 1:170
  • Ward JK, McEachan RRC, Lawton R, Armitage G, Watt I, Wright J.  Patient Involvement in patient safety:  Protocol for developing an intervention using patient reports of organisational safety and patient incident reporting.  BMC Health Services Research 2011; 11:130
  • Mitchell N, Hewitt CE, Jayakody S, Islam M, Adamson J, Watt I, Torgerson DJ.  Randomised controlled trial of food elimination diet based on IgG antibodies for the prevention of migraine like headaches.  Nutrition Journal 2011; 10:85 
    Birks Y, Hall J, McCaughan D, Peat M, Watt IS.  Promoting patient involvement in safety initiatives.  Nursing Management (Harrow) 2011; 18(1): 16-20
  • Goulding L, Wright J, Adamson J, Watt I.  Patient safety in patients who occupy beds on clinically inappropriate wards:  A qualitative interview study with NHS staff.  BMJ Qual Saf 2012; 21(3): 218-224
  • Lawton RJ, Wright J, McEachan R, Giles S, Watt I, Sirriyeh R.  Development of an evidence based framework of factors contributing to patient safety incidents in hospital settings:  A systematic review.  Quality & Safety 2012; 21(5): 369-380
  • Stamuli E, Cockayne S, Hewitt C, Hicks K, Jayakody S, Kang’ombe A, Turner G, Thomas K, Curran M,Hashmi F, McIntosh C, McLarnon N, Torgerson DJ, Watt I, on behalf of the EVerT Team.  Cost-effectiveness of cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of plantar warts: economic evaluation alongise a randomised controlled trial (EVerT Trial).  Journal of Foot Ankle Research 2012 5:4
  • Johnson MJ, Sheard L, Maraveyas A, Noble S, Prout H, Watt I, Dowding D.  Diagnosis and management of people with venous thromboembolism and advanced cancer:  How do doctors decide?  A qualitative study.  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012; 12:75
  • Sheard L, Prout H, Dowding D, Noble S, Watt I, Maraveyas A, Johnson M.  The ethical decisions UK doctors make regarding advanced cancer patients at the end of life – the perceived (in) appropriateness of anticoagulation for venous thromboembolism:  A qualitative study.  BMC Medical Ethics 2012; 13:22
  • Enwistle VA, Cribb A, Watt IS.  Shared decision-making enhancing the clinical relevance.  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2012; 105(10): 416-421
  • Macpherson H, Tilbrook H, Bland MJ, Bloor K, Brabyn S, Cox H, Kang’ombe A, Man M-S, Stuardi T, Torgerson D, Watt I, Whorwell P.  Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome:  primary care based pragmatic randomised controlled trial.  BMC Gastroenterology 2012 ; 12(1): 150
  • Cockayne S, Hicks K, Kangombe AR, Hewitt C, Concannon M, Thomas K, Hashmi F, McIntosh C, Brierley G, Torgerson D, Watt I.  The effect of patients’ preference on outcome in the EVerT cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of plantar warts (verruca) trial.  Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2012; 5: 28
  • MacPherson H, Richmond S, Bland MJ, Lansdown H, Hopton A, Kang’ombe A, Morley S, Perren S, Spackman E, Spilsbury K, Torgerson D, Watt I.  Acupuncture, Counselling, and Usual care for Depression (ACUDep): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.  Trials 2012; 13:209
  • Sheard L, Prout H, Dowding D, Noble S, Watt I, Maraveyas A, Johnson M.  Barriers to the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism in advanced cancer patients: A qualitative study.  Palliative Medicine 2013; 27(4): 339-48
  • Entwistle V, Watt IS.  Treating patients as persons: using a capabilities approach to support delivery of person-centred care.  American Journal of Bioethics 2013; 13(8): W1-4
  • Jha V, Watt IS, Wright J, Winterbottom A, Thompson Z, Jools S.  Patient-led training on patient safety: a pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of an educational intervention.  Medical Teacher 2013; 35(9): e1464-71
  • Goulding L, Adamdson J, Watt I, Wright J.  Lost in hospital: a qualitative interview study that explores the perceptions of NHS inpatients who spent time on clinically inappropriate hospital wards.  Health Expectations 2013
  • Spilsbury K, Pender S, Bloor K, Borthwick R, Atkin K, McCaughan D, Watt I, Adderley U, Wakefield A, McKenna H.  Support matters: a mixed methods scopingt study on the use of assistant staff in the delivery of community nursing services in England.  Health Services and Delivery Research 2013; 1:3
  • MacPherson H, Tilbrook HE, Richmond SJ, Atkin K, Ballard K, Bland M, Eldred J, Hopton A, Lansdown H, Muhammad U, Parrott S, Torgerson D, Wenham A, Woodman J, Watt I.  Alexander Technique Lessons, Acupuncture Sessions or usual care for patients with chronic neck pain (ATLAS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.  Trials 2013; 14:209
  • Hewison A, McCaughan D, Watt I.  An evaluative review of questionnaires recommended for the assessment of quality of life and symptom severity in women with urinary incontinence.  Journal of Clinical Nursing 2014: 23(21-22): 2998-3011 doi: 10.1111/jocn.12503
  • MacPherson H, Richmond S, Bland M, Brealey S, Gabe R, Hopton A, Keding A, Lansdown H, Perren S, Sculpher M, Spackman E, Torgerson D, Watt I.  Acupuncture and counselling for depression in primary care: a randomised controlled trial PLoS Medicine 2013; 10(9): e1001518
  • McEachan RRC, Lawton RJ, O’Hara JK, Armitage G, Giles S, Parveen S, Watt IS, Wright J, on behalf of the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group.  Developing a reliable and valid patient measure of safety in hospitals (PMOS): a validation study.  BMJ Quality & Safety 2013
  • Tilbrook H, Hewitt CE, Aplin JD, Semlyen A, Trewhela A, Watt I, Torgerson DJ.  Compliance effects in a randomised controlled trial of Yoga for chronic low back pain: a methodological study.  Physiotherapy 2014; 100(3): 256-62
  • Cockayne S, Torgerson D, Watt I.  No proved benefit for cryotherapy over salicylic acid in treating verrucas (letter).  BMJ 2014.  4;348
  • Birks YF, Harrison R, Bosanquet K, Hall J, Harden M, Entwistle V, Watt I, Walsh P, Ronaldson SJ, Roberts D, Adamson J, Wright J, Iedema R.  An exploration of the implementation of open disclosure of adverse events in the UK: a scoping review and qualitative exploration.  Health Services and Delivery Research 2014; 2(20)
  • Jha V, Buckley H, Gabe R, Kanaan M, Lawton RJ, Melville C, Quinton ND, Symons JE, Thompson Z, Watt I, Wright J.  Patients as teachers: a randomised controlled trial on the use of personal stories to raise awareness of patient safety for doctors in training.  BMJ Quality & Safety 2014; 24(1): 21-30
  • Cockayne S, Hewitt C, Hicks K, Concannon M, Hashmi F, McIntosh C, Thomas K, Hall J, Watson J, Torgerson D, Watt I.  Implementation of blinded outcome assessment in the EVerT trial – lessons learned.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2014 (IN PRESS)
  • Sheard L, O’Hara J, Armitage G, Wright J, Cocks K, McEachan R, Watt I, Lawton R, on behalf of the Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research Group.  Evaluating the PRASE patient safety intervention – a multi-centre, cluster trial with a qualitative process evaluation: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.  BMC Trials 2014; 15:420
  • Fairhurst C, Watt I, Martin F, Bland M, Brackenbury WJ.  Exposure to sodium channel-inhibiting drugs and cancer survival: protocol for a cohort study using the QResearch primary care database.  BMJ 2014; 4(11)
  • Spackman E, Richmond S, Sculpher M, Bland M, Brealey S, Gabe R, Hopton A, Kedling A, Lansdown H, Perren S, Torgerson D, Watt I, MacPherson H.  Cost-effectiveness analysis of acupuncture, counselling and usual care in treating patients with depression:  The Results of the ACUDep trial.  PLOS One 2014; 9(11)
  • Birks, Entwistle V, Harrison R, Bosanquet K, Watt I, Iedema R.  Being open about unanticipated problems in health care: the challenges of uncertainities.  Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2015; 20(1 suppl):  54-60
  • Hewison A, McCaughan D, Watt I.  Assessing quality of life with incontinence.  Nursing Times 2015; 111(22): 21-23
  • Wilson PM, Farley K, Thompson C, Chambers D, Bickerdike L, Watt IS, Lambert M, Turner R.  Effects of a demand-led evidence briefing service on the uptake and use of research evidence by commissioners of health services: protocol for a controlled before and after study.  Implementation Science 2015, 10:7
  • Siddiqi K, Scammell K, Huque R, Khan A, Baral S, Ali S, Watt I.  Smokeless tobacco supply chain in South Asia:  A comparative analysis using the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2015; doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv067
  • Walker T, Thomson J, Watt I.  Displays and claims of understanding in conversation by people with aphasia.  Aphasiology 2015; 30(6): 750-764
  • Walden R, Watt I.  Should you study for an intercalated degree? What’s entailed, and how to make the most out of intercalating.  BMJ 2015; 23:h4136
  • Clarke A, Adamson J, Sheard L, Cairns P, Watt I, Wright J.  Implementing electronic patient record systems (EPRs) into England’s acute, mental health and community care trusts: a mixed methods study.  BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2015; 15:85 doi: 10.1186/s12911-015-0204-0
  • Martin F, Ufodiama C, Watt I, Bland M, Brackenbury WJ.  Therapeutic value of voltage-gated sodium channel inhibitors in breast, colorectal and prostate cancer: a systematic review.  Frontiers in Pharmacology 2015;
  • Entwistle V, Morgan H, Skea Z, Christmas S, Watt I, Owens J, Cribb A.  We need to talk about purpose: a critical interpretive synthesis of health and social care professionals’ approaches to self-management support for people with long-term conditions.  Health Expectations 2016
  • O’Hara JK, Armitage G, Reynolds C, Coulson C, Thorp L, Din I, Watt I, Wright J.  How might health services capture patient-reported safety concerns in a hospital setting?  An exploratory pilot study of three mechanisms.  BMJ Quality& Safety 2016
  • Hall LH, Johnson J, Watt I, Tsipa A, O’Connor DB.  Healthcare Staff Wellbeing, Burnout, and Patient Safety:  A Systematic Review.  PlosOne 2016
  • Cockayne S, Hewitt C, Hashmi F, Hicks K, Concannon M, McIntosh C, Thomas K, Hall J, Watson J, Torgerson D, Watt I.  Implementation of blinded outcome assessment in the EVerT trial – lessons learned.  Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2016
  • Fairhurst CM, Martin F, Watt IS, Doran T, Bland JM, Brackenbury W.  Sodium channel-inhibiting drugs and cancer survival: protocol for a cohort study using the CPRD primary care dataset.  BMJ Open 2016