Dr Victoria Allgar

BSc (hons) PhD C.Stat CSi

Reader in Medical Statistics

Role at Hull York Medical School

Dr Allgar's main role is to manage the HYMS Statistical Consultancy Service. The service offers comprehensive help and guidance on all statistical matters, including: study design; sample size calculations; help with analysis, interpretation and presentation of data; and the use of statistical packages. The service is free and available to all staff, considering or undertaking research, working in the NHS organisations of North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.


Departmental/Inter-disciplinary activities

Chair of Athena SWAN committee (July 2016 – Date)


I am also a member of the following committees/steering groups within HYMS:

  • Member of HYMS Management Board as the representative for Athena SWAN. 

  • Member of HYMS Research Ethics committee.

  • Member of HYMS Health and Society steering group.

  • Member of HYMS Centre for Health and Population Sciences research group.

  • Member of HYMS Board of Studies. All faculty members contributing the teaching of all HYMS programmes are members of the HYMS Board of Studies.

University- level activities  

  • Member of the University of York Athena SWAN Forum
  • Member of the University of York Faculty of Sciences Athena SWAN Working Group
  • Member of the University of York group called the Women's Forum.

2017 Active grants

  1. Understanding and reducing inequalities for people with cancer: a programme of work based in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Cancer Research. £899,947. 2013

  2. Adaptation Validation And Translation of Autism Assessment -  Research in Deaf children. MRC Developmental Pathway. £480,016. 2013

  3. Mapping and evaluating Specialist Autism Team service models. NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. £600,000. 2014

  4. Morphine for the relief of breathlessness in stable chronic heart failure. British Heart Foundation. £655,288. 2014

  5. PLATONOX: Is efficacy of PLAtelet aggregation inhibition by Ticagrelor mediated P2Y12 blockade dependent upon endogenous Endothelial Nitric OXide? Astra Zeneca. £250,000. 2015

  6. HIDDEN: Hospice Inpatient Deep vein thrombosis Detection study. Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme. £295,000. 2015

  7. A study of patient acceptance of Two Week Wait urgent referral appointments for suspected cancer. Yorkshire Cancer Research. £173,023. 2015

  8. Observing Fibrosis, Macular Atrophy and Sub retinal Highly Reflective Material – Before and After Intervention with Anti-VEGF Treatment: An extension to the EDNA Study. Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited. 2016. £1,327,500 (Project statistician consultancy: £9,000) 2016

  9. Characterizing hip morphology for patient stratification. White Rose Collaboration Fund. £10,795. 2016

  10. Does the use of a clinician-rated needs assessment tool for people with interstitial lung disease reduce the level of unmet patient and carer need? A feasibility study. Marie Curie. £118,682, 2016

  11. Reducing inequalities in care for people with cancer and palliative care needs: a programme of work for cancer patients and caregivers in the community based in Yorkshire. Yorkshire Cancer Research (£277,985 released for feasibility phase of the total grant of £1,469,537). 2016

  12. Reducing Inequalities in Cancer Outcomes in Yorkshire: Realising our potential for innovation in Diagnosis, Patient Management, Survivorship and Palliative Care Research (Application for release of University of Hull Endowment). Yorkshire Cancer Research. £4,945,546. 2017

  13. PEOPLE-HULL: Primary care and community Engagement to Optimise time to Presentation with Lung cancEr symptoms in HULL. Yorkshire Cancer Research. £712,501. 2017

  14. Proinflammatory reprogramming of blood platelets in acute coronary syndromes. Heart Research UK (Dec 2016). £125,105


As the lead for the HYMS Statistical Consultancy Service and providing statistical advice to clinical academics, I sit on and chair Thesis Advisory Panels (TAP) for post-graduate students (MD and PhD) in HYMS. I have am formal named supervisor for students within HYMS and Health Sciences.


Recent publications

  1. Hinde S, Allgar V, Richardson G, Spiers G, Parker G, Birks Y. An evaluation of the costs and consequences of Children Community Nursing teams. J Eval Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;23(4):767-772. doi: 10.1111/jep.12716. Epub 2017 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 28205323. 
  2. Mistry SG, Jose J, Allgar V. Did the 'croaky voice' public health campaign have any impact on the stage of laryngeal cancer at presentation in 84 cases from the Humber and Yorkshire Coast Cancer Network? J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Aug;131(8):736-739. doi: 10.1017/S0022215117001232. Epub 2017 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 28589872.
  3. Wright B, Hackney L, Hughes E, Barry M, Glaser D, Prior V, Allgar V, Marshall  D, Barrow J, Kirby N, Garside M, Kaushal P, Perry A, McMillan D. Decreasing rates of disorganised attachment in infants and young children, who are at risk of developing, or who already have disorganised attachment. A systematic review and  meta-analysis of early parenting interventions. PLoS One. 2017 Jul 14;12(7):e0180858. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180858. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28708838. 
  4. Boland JW, Allgar V, Boland EG, Oviasu O, Agar M, Currow DC, Johnson MJ. Effect of Opioids and Benzodiazepines on Clinical Outcomes in Patients Receiving  Palliative Care: An Exploratory Analysis. J Palliat Med. 2017 Jun 1. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0129. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28570119.
  5. Johnson MJ, Allgar V, Chen H, Dunn L, Macleod U, Currow DC. The complex relationship between household income of family caregivers, access to palliative  care services and place of death: A national household population survey. Palliat Med. 2017 Jun 1:269216317711825. doi: 10.1177/0269216317711825. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28590165.
  6. Wright B, Tindall L, Littlewood E, Allgar V, Abeles P, Trépel D, Ali S. Computerised cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression in adolescents: feasibility results and 4-month outcomes of a UK randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2017 Jan 27;7(1):e012834. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012834. PubMed PMID: 28132000; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5278287.
  7. Brown OI, Allgar V, Wong KY. Coffee reduces the risk of death after acute myocardial infarction: a meta-analysis. Coron Artery Dis. 2016 Nov;27(7):566-72.  doi: 10.1097/MCA.0000000000000397. Review. PubMed PMID: 27315099.
  8. Sylvester D, Srivastava R, Lamplugh A, Allgar V, Snowden C, Bhandari S, England J. Effect on mortality of elective parathyroid surgery in one hundred and three patients with chronic kidney disease: our experience. Clin Otolaryngol. 2016 Oct 11. doi: 10.1111/coa.12768. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27727518. 
  9. Jakes AD, Jani P, Allgar V, Lamplugh A, Zeidan A, Bhandari S. Arterio-Venous Fistula: Is it Critical for Prolonged Survival in the over 80's Starting Haemodialysis? PLoS One. 2016 Sep 29;11(9):e0163487. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163487. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27684071; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5042492.
  10. Wright B, Alexander D, Aghahoseini A; York Surgical Outcomes Research Team. Does preoperative depression and/or serotonin transporter gene polymorphism predict outcome after laparoscopic cholecystectomy? BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 6;6(9):e007969. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007969. PubMed PMID: 27601483; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5020877.
  11. Spiers G, Allgar V, Richardson G, Thurland K, Hinde S, Birks Y, Gridley K, Duncan H, Clarke S, Cusworth L, Parker G. Transforming community health services  for children and young people who are ill: a quasi-experimental evaluation. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; 2016 Sep. PubMed PMID: 27606382. 
  12. Wright NM, Allgar V, Tompkins CN. Associations between injecting illicit drugs into the femoral vein and deep vein thrombosis: A case control study. Drug  Alcohol Rev. 2016 Sep;35(5):605-10. doi: 10.1111/dar.12359. Epub 2015 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 26644314.
  13. Leese HJ, Guerif F, Allgar V, Brison DR, Lundin K, Sturmey RG. Biological optimization, the Goldilocks principle, and how much is lagom in the preimplantation embryo. Mol Reprod Dev. 2016 Sep;83(9):748-754. doi: 10.1002/mrd.22684. PubMed PMID: 27465801