Dr Paul Whybrow


Senior Lecturer

Role at Hull York Medical School

As the academic lead for the Health and Society theme, Paul steers curriculum development and delivery around public health, epidemiology, medical sociology, service delivery and health economics. The Health and Society theme is part of the Hull York Medical School’s distinctive approach, with an emphasis on person-centred care, health inclusion and scholarship-based medicine.

Paul also leads the Homeless Healthcare Hull project, which aims to improve primary care access and chronic disease management for people who are homeless. He has a particular interest in theories, policies and measurements of structural inequalities, health equity and inclusion.


Paul is a medical sociologist and methodologist interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding medical practices, population health and social inequities.He has BSc in Sociology and an MA in Social Research Methods. He received his doctorate in 2013 for his (ESRC-funded) research into the social patterning of physical activity in urban environments. During this time, he also worked at the Scottish Government study national health inequities.

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, Paul conducted qualitative research into men with urethral stricture, surgical trial recruitment, arthritic care in care homes, and informal care of people with rheumatoid arthritis. In 2015, he worked at the University of Bristol conducting qualitative research within randomised controlled surgical trials. He was also a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and an honorary fellow at University Hospitals Bristol.

Paul joined Hull York medical school in 2019 as the academic lead for the Health and Society theme of the MB BS.

Paul is long-term supporter of the Medical Sociology Group of the British Sociological Association, where he was a committee member 2013 and 2018.


Paul’s previous research includes health equity, physical activity and trial design and recruitment. He is interested in social determinants of health, health inclusion, doctor-patient relationships, bioethics and citizenship and alternatives to scholarship based medicine.


View Paul's publications on ORCID.

Selected publications

Goulao, B., Carnell, S., Shen, J., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Cook, J., McColl, E., Breckons, M., Vale, L., Whybrow, P. and Rapley, T.…Pickcard, R.(2020). Surgical Treatment for Recurrent Bulbar Urethral Stricture: A Randomised Open-label Superiority Trial of Open Urethroplasty Versus Endoscopic Urethrotomy (the OPEN Trial). European Urology.

Brown, M., Whybrow, P., Kirwan, G. and Finn, G.M. (2020). Professional identity formation within Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships: a scoping review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 9(1), pp.1-6.

Bradshaw, E., McClellan, C., Whybrow, P., & Cramp, F. (2019). Physiotherapy outcome measures of haemophilia acute bleed episodes: What matters to patients?. Haemophilia. https://doi.org/10.1111/hae.13840

Shen, J., Breckons, M., Vale, L., Pickard, R., & OPEN trial investigators. (2019). Using Time Trade-Off Methods to Elicit Short-Term Utilities Associated with Treatments for Bulbar Urethral Stricture. PharmacoEconomics-open, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41669-019-0133-4

Elliott, D., Hamdy, F. C., Leslie, T. A., Rosario, D., Dudderidge, T., Hindley, R., Emberton, M., Brewster, S., Dudderridge, T., Hindley, R.,Ahmed, H., Whybrow, P., le Conte, S., Donovan, J. (2018). Overcoming difficulties with equipoise to enable recruitment to a randomised controlled trial of partial ablation versus radical prostatectomy for unilateral localised prostate cancer. BJU international. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.14432

Whybrow, P., Kay, L., Thompson, B., Aspray, T., Duncan, R., (2018) Assessing the need for arthritis training among paid carers in UK residential homes. Musculoskeletal Care. DOI:10.1002/msc.1211

Paramasivan, S., Rogers, C., Mazza, G., Welbourne, R., Andrews, R. C., Byrne, J. P., Mahon, D., Noble, H., Kelly, J., Salter, N., Whybrow, P., Wilson, C., Blazeby, J. M., Donovan, J. L. (2017) Enabling recruitment success in bariatric surgical trials: pilot phase of the By-Band-Sleeve study. International Journal of Obesity. DOI:10.1038/ijo2017.153

Whybrow, P., Pickard, R., Hrisos, S., and Rapley, T. (2017) Equipoise across the patient population: optimising recruitment to a randomised controlled trial. Trials. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1711-8

Hanson, H., O’Brien, Whybrow, P., Rapley, T. (2016) “Drug breakthrough offers help to suffers”: a qualitative analysis of medical research in UK newspapers. Health Expectations. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12460

Lee, R., Thompson, B., Whybrow, P., Rapley, T. (2016) Talking about looking: interviewing carers of people with rheumatoid arthritis about information seeking. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315599373

Whybrow, P., Pickard, Rapley, T., T. Hrisos, S. (2015) How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing symptoms. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315573208