Professor Thomas Phillips

Professor of Nursing (Addictions)

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Health and Social Work

01482 464396

Professor Phillips, who qualified as a registered mental nurse in 1991, has collaborated on a number of epidemiological studies and randomised controlled trials related to alcohol screening and brief interventions in emergency departments, primary care and criminal justice settings over the last 16 years.

Awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, he obtained a Doctorate in Addiction Science at King’s College London, undertaking the epidemiological analysis of alcohol use disorders within emergency departments.

Professor Phillips is an investigator on the NIHR-funded ADAM study; a RCT of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medication adherence in the treatment of alcohol dependence.


Research Interests

  • Clinical trials involving addiction treatment, screening brief interventions, public health research within primary care, emergency departments, criminal justice services and specialist services

  • Analysis of large data sets including Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Research groups

  • Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work Group

  • ADAM Research Consortium, led by Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King's College London

  • NIHR Yorkshire and Humber, Clinical Research Network


Coulton S. Dale V. Deluca P. Gilvarry E. Godfrey C. Kaner E. McGovern R. Newbury-Birch D. Patton R. Parrott S. Perryman K. Phillips T. Shepherd J. Drummond C. Heather N. (2018). Corrigendum: Screening for at-risk alcohol consumption in primary care: A randomized evaluation of screening approaches. Alcohol and Alcoholism. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy022.  [Epub ahead of print].

Coulton S. Alam M.F. Boniface S. Deluca P. Donoghue K. Gilvarry E. Kaner E. Lynch E. Maconochie I. McArdle P. McGovern R. Newbury-Birch D. Patton R. Phillips C.J. Phillips T. Rose H. Russell I. Strang J. Drummond C. (2018). Opportunistic screening for alcohol use problems in adolescents attending emergency departments: an evaluation of screening tools. Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy049. [Epub ahead of print].

Donoghue K, Rose H, Boniface S, Deluca P, Coulton S, Alam M F, Gilvarry E,Kaner E, Lynch E, Maconochie I, McArdle P, McGovern R, Newbury-Birch D, Patton P, Phillips C J, Phillips T, Russell I, Strang J and Drummond C, 'Alcohol Consumption, Early-Onset Drinking, and Health-Related Consequences in Adolescents Presenting at Emergency Departments in England', Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(4), pp 438–446 (2017)

Brennan A, Buykx P, Pryce R E, Jones A, Hill-McManus D, Stone T, Ally A, Gillespie D, Meier P, Alston R, Cairns D, Millar T, Donmall M, Wolstenholme A, Phillips T, Elzerbi C and Drummond C D, 'An Evidence-Based Model for Estimating Requirements for Specialist Alcohol Treatment Capacity in England - The Specialist Treatment for Alcohol Model (STreAM) Version, Final report to Department of Health Policy Research Programme PR-R4-0512-12002 (2016)

Deluca P, Coulton S, Alam M F, Cohen D, Donoghue K, Gilvarry E, Kaner E, Maconochie I, McArdle P, McGovern R, Newbury-Birch D, Patton R, Phillips C, Phillips T, Russell I, Strang J and Drummond C, 'Linked randomised controlled trials of face-to-face and electronic brief intervention methods to prevent alcohol related harm in young people aged 14-17 years presenting to Emergency Departments (SIPS junior)', BMC Public Health, 15:345 (2015)

Full list

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Addiction Science, King's College London

  • MSc (Distinction) in Addictive Behaviour, St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London

  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), Croydon School of Nursing

External roles

  • Member of the Alcohol Expert Group for Public Health England

  • Speciality Lead for Mental Health, Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network

  • Honorary contracts with IOPPN, King's College London and Humber NHS Foundation Teaching Trust

  • Previous member of the NICE guideline development group and the Evidence Update Advisory Group on management of harmful alcohol use and alcohol dependence

Awards and accolades

  • Chief Nursing Officer/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship