Our Delphi Team

Dr Ben Jackson

After graduating from Medical School (London) in 1993 Dr Ben Jackson took up an academic medical rotation in Manchester before choosing a career in General Practice.
After several years working abroad in New Zealand and Ireland Ben returned to England in 2001 to take on a vacant list of 1600 patients and found Conisbrough Group Practice, in an ex-mining community in South Yorkshire. The project was to grow and develop a teaching, training and research practice that delivered excellent clinical care and was embedded in the community; they have been actively engaged in all these areas and now provide care for over 11,000 patients.
Ben started teaching Sheffield UG medical students in the practice in 2002, became a postgraduate General Practice trainer in 2004 and has supervised Nurses, Pharmacists and Paramedics in developing extending roles within primary care.
Ben was Programme Director for Doncaster GP training programme for 4 years before becoming Associate Postgraduate Dean and then Deputy Director of the School of Primary Care in Yorkshire and the Humber, before moving to his current role at the university.

Dr Joanne Coster

Dr Joanne Coster is a Health Service Researcher and is the Deputy Director of the Centre for urgent and emergency care research at The University of Sheffield. Jo’s previous research has focussed on care quality and patient safety and evaluation of new and existing health services and health policies in ambulance, emergency and urgent care settings. Jo specialises in mixed-methods research, using methods such as surveys, consensus methods (including Delphi studies), systematic reviews, qualitative research and routine data linkage and analysis. Please contact Jo if you have any queries about the Delphi study method. 

Dr Tom Lawy  

Dr Tom Lawy is a GP at the White House Surgery, Sheffield and is interested in tackling health inequities.  Tom is the Health Equity Champion at The University of Sheffield. His role in the Delphi is professional engagement for the process. Tom is Chair for the NIHR Sheffield Deep End research cluster made up of 9 practices in Sheffield who are in the 10% most deprived areas.  Their aim is to document and record the experiences of clinicians and patients working in deprived areas and to help develop an evidence base for treating patients in underserved populations. 

Dr Caroline Mitchell

Dr Caroline Mitchell is a General Practitioner and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Medical Care Research with expertise in evidence synthesis, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Dr Mitchell is a postgraduate supervisor of Masters and PhD (multidisciplinary) students and Deputy Clinical Academic Training Programme Director for the NIHR programme at the University of Sheffield; providing mentorship and support for postgraduate cross-disciplinary clinical academic trainees. Dr Mitchell is also Senior Academic Lead/ Co-Lead for a portfolio of qualitative studies which sit within the ‘Health Equity’ theme at AUPMC: ‘Improving access to primary healthcare for underserved populations through evidence synthesis and qualitative development and evaluation of complex interventions’.

Dr Munira Essat
Dr Munira Essat is a Research Fellow in Systematic Reviewing and Evidence Synthesis at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), The University of Sheffield.
Munira has extensive experience of undertaking systematic reviews on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the UK National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health, the pharmaceutical industry and other organisations.
Munira specialises in reviews of interventions, diagnostic and prognostic technologies, patient-reported outcomes, service delivery options and public health strategies and interventions.
Munira is also a postgraduate supervisor of Masters and PhD students and teaches on systematic review methods.

Emma D’Agostino-Moore

Emma is a University graduate and an experienced Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Emma is skilled in event planning, strategic planning, social media, research and time management. Emma is currently the Assistant Administrator of CATCH in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), The University of Sheffield and supports the GP Health and Inequality study as Project Administrator.

Dr Steven Ariss

Dr Steven Ariss is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Services Research (HSR) in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. He is the director of Knowledge Exchange for Health Services Research and has a background in Sociology and Health Studies. He is an evaluator and applied health researcher with interests in the use of mixed-methods for Real-World Evaluation of innovations, interventions, programmes and policies. Steve specialises in organisational and system change; working closely with stakeholders to co-design, implement, evaluate and scale-up health service innovations, including digital health technologies. He also teaches Real-World Evaluation, including the application of complexity science and theory-based evaluation methodologies.

Dr Chris Burton

Chris Burton is a GP and Professor of Primary Medical Care at the University of Sheffield.
His research focuses on persistent physical symptoms and the impact that they have on patients. He currently combines his university research with work as a GP in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield.

Anna Cantrell

Anna Cantrell joined the School of Health and Related Research in August 2005 as an Information Officer for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Transfer projects becoming a research associate in 2015 and research fellow in 2020. Anna’s key research interests are around systematic literature searching; rapid reviews, evidence synthesis and knowledge transfer.

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