Academic staff

HomeAcademic staffDr Thomas Mills
Dr Thomas Mills

Dr Thomas Mills

millst3@lsbu.ac.uk

Institute of Health and Social Care

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2599-8930

  • 43
    total views of outputs
  • 25
    total downloads of outputs
  • 2
    views of outputs this month
  • 1
    downloads of outputs this month

I am a Public Health Research Fellow for PHIRST South Bank, funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Since completing my PhD in 2016, I've contributed to diverse health service and public health research projects and I have ongoing collaborations with colleagues across London South Bank University, University of Leeds and University of York.

I have expertise in complex intervention research, with a particular interest in creative, qualitative modelling in evaluations. My biggest research achievement to date is a 2019 methods paper ‘Advancing complexity science in healthcare research: the logic of logic models’ on this topic. This has been cited 88 times at the time of writing (with 14k accesses) and is referred to in the updated Medical Research Council guidance on complex interventions.

I am Member of the Trial Steering Committee for a major NIHR trial evaluating Biomarker Driven Antifungal Stewardship in Acute Leukaemia, based at the University of York.

My current PHIRST projects consist of a community-led, regional effort to reduce gambling-related harms, a substance misuse intervention for custody suite referrals and a stop smoking service.

I'm interested in "big picture" theorisations of complex interventions and am currently exploring how social theory, notably Jurgen Habermas' ideas, can help us understand the problems and contexts of public health interventions.

PhD

University of Westminster

2011
2016

Filter publications

Advancing Complexity Theory in Health Services Research: The Logic of Logic Models
Mills, T., Lawton, R. and Sheard, L. (2019). Advancing Complexity Theory in Health Services Research: The Logic of Logic Models. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 19 (55). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-019-0701-4

Development of a ‘real-world’ logic model through testing the feasibility of a complex healthcare intervention: the challenge of reconciling scalability and context-sensitivity
Mills, T., Shannon, R., O'Hara, J., Lawton, R. and Sheard, L. Development of a ‘real-world’ logic model through testing the feasibility of a complex healthcare intervention: the challenge of reconciling scalability and context-sensitivity. Evaluation. https://doi.org/10.1177/13563890211068869

Early implementation of the structured medication review in England: a qualitative study.
Madden, M., Mills, T., Atkin, K., Stewart, D. and McCambridge, J. (2022). Early implementation of the structured medication review in England: a qualitative study. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners. https://doi.org/BJGP.2022.0014

The Association Between Health Care Staff Engagement and Patient Safety Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Janes, G., Mills, T., Budworth, L., Johnson, J. and Lawton, R. (2021). The Association Between Health Care Staff Engagement and Patient Safety Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Patient Safety. 17 (3), pp. 207-216. https://doi.org/10.1097/PTS.0000000000000807

Using patient experience data to develop a patient experience toolkit to improve hospital care: a mixed-methods study
Sheard, L., Marsh, C., Mills, T., Peacock, R., Langley, J., Partridge, R., Gwilt, I. and Lawton, R. (2019). Using patient experience data to develop a patient experience toolkit to improve hospital care: a mixed-methods study. NIHR, Health Services and Delivery Research . https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr07360