Prof. Richard Charles Holland

Head of Leicester Medical School and Prof. Public Health Medicine

Prof. Richard Holland

Tel: 0116 373 6204


Address: University of Leicester, Leicester Medical School, Centre for Medicine, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH





Jun 2005
PhD, University of East Anglia
Jan 2003 MILTM (now FHEA)
Mar 2001 MFPH (now FFPH)
Nov 1998 DPH, distinction, Cambridge University
Oct 1997 DA, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Jul 1991 BM BCh, Oxford University
May 1988 BA, 2.1, Cambridge University

Employment History

August 2017 - Head of Leicester Medical School and Prof. Public Health Medicine, and honorary Consultant, Public Health England
Jan 2017 -August 2017 Head of Leicester Medical School (elect) and Prof. Public Health Medicine, and honorary Consultant, Public Health England
Apr 2011 - Jan 2017 Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of East Anglia
and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine,
Norfolk Primary Care Trust (now hon. with Public Health England).
Jan 2005 - Apr 2011 Clinical Senior Lecturer, then Clinical Reader (from Jul 2007)
in Public Health Medicine, University of East Anglia
and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine,
Norwich Primary Care Trust
Jan 2001 - Dec 2004 MRC Health Services Research Fellow & Lecturer in
Public Health Medicine (Senior Lecturer from Sept 2004)
UEA (& Hon. Specialist Registrar, Norfolk Health then Hon. Consultant in Public Health Medicine from January 2003)
Mar 1999 - Dec 2000 Lecturer in Public Health Medicine, UEA & Hon. SpR, Norfolk Health Authority
Sep 1997 - Mar 1999 Specialist Registrar, Public Health, Norfolk Health Authority

Clinical experience

I qualified in medicine from Oxford in 1991 and have had wide-ranging clinical experience in anaesthetics, intensive care medicine and paediatrics. My clinical experience included working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia whilst based in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Senior Management responsibilities

  • Head of School Leicester Medical School (2017-)
  • Head of School (elect), Leicester Medical School (Jan - Aug 2017)
  • Deputy Head of School, Norwich Medical School (2012-2016)
  • MB BS Course Director, Norwich Medical School (2008- 2016)
  • Head of Department of Medical Education (2011-14)
  • Training Location Co-ordinator, Public Health (2005-2014)
  • Co-director, Norwich Clinical Research and Trials Unit (2005-7)

External positions of Responsibility

  • Chair of Part A Examiners, Faculty of Public Health (2016- )
  • External Examiner: Cambridge University MB BCh (2015- )
  • Governor, James Paget University Hospital (Sept 2013-16 )
  • Member, Pharmacy Research UK’s [PRUK] Scientific Advisory Panel (2013- )
  • Public Health England (PHE) appraiser (2013-)
  • Chair DMEC for the ARC trial (2011-16)
  • Council member: Norfolk and Norwich Medico-Chirurgical Society: (2010–16)
  • Faculty of Public Health: Part A examiner (2007-14)
  • Member of the Irish Collaborative Health Research Board grant committee: (2012-13)


Notley, C et al: Self-help materials for smoking relapse prevention: A process evaluation of the SHARPISH randomised controlled trial. JPH 2017 (in press)

Wright D et al: Pharmacist provided medicines reconciliation within 24 hours of admission and on discharge: A randomised controlled pilot study. 2016 BMJ Open, accepted Dec 2016.

Watson M et al. "It's not what you do it's the way that it's measured: Quality assessment of minor ailment management in community pharmacies. IJPP (in press, accepted August 2016)

Bhattacharya D, Aldus CF, Barton G, Bond CM, Boonyaprapa S, Charles IS, Fleetcroft R, Holland R, Jerosch-Herold C, Salter C, Shepstone L, Walton C, Watson S, Wright DJ. The feasibility of determining the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medication organisation devices compared with usual care for older people in a community setting: systematic review, stakeholder focus groups and feasibility randomised controlled trial. HTA Vol 20, Issue: 50. July 2016. DOI:

Elwell-Sutton T, Fok J, Albanese F, Mathie H, & Holland R: Factors associated with access to care and healthcare utilization in the homeless population of England. JPH: advanced access: 2016 pp. 1-8 | doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw008

Adams R, Barton G, Bhattacharya D, Grassby P, Holland R, Howe A, Norris et al: Supervised pharmacy student led medication review in primary care for patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled pilot study. BMJ Open: 11/2015; 5(11):e009246. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009246

Maskrey V, Blyth A, Brown T, Barton G, Notley C, Aveyard P, Holland R, Bachmann, Sutton S, Leonardi-Bee J, Brandon T, Song F: Self-help educational booklets for the prevention of smoking relapse following smoking cessation treatment: a randomised controlled trial. Addiction Volume 110, Issue 12, pages 2006-2014, December 2015

A. Blyth et al: Effectiveness and economic evaluation of self-help material for prevention of smoking relapse. Randomised controlled trial. HTA monograph; Volume: 19 Issue: 59 July 2015; DOI:

Notley C, Blyth A, Craig J, Edwards A, Holland R. Postpartum Smoking Relapse - A thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. Addiction Volume 110, Issue 11, pages 1712-1723, November 2015

Song F, et al: Differences in longer-term smoking abstinence after treatment by specialist or non-specialist advisors - secondary analysis of data from a relapse prevention trial. Nicotine and Tobacco Research Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2015, 1-6: doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv148

Cate H, Bhattacharya D, Holland R, Clark A, Broadway D: A comparison of measures used to describe adherence to glaucoma medication in a randomised controlled trial. Clinical Trials, 1-10, DOI: 10.1177/1740774515592636

Neilson A et al: Pharmacist-led management of chronic pain in primary care: costs and benefits in a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2015;5:e006874 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006874

Wade, R et al: Radial Artery Blood Gas Sampling: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Lidocaine Local Anaesthesia. Journal of Evidence Based medicine: 2015 Vol 8 (4), pages 185-191

Fielding S, Porteous T, Ferguson J, Maskrey V, Blyth A, Paudyal V, Barton G, Holland R, Bond C, Watson M. Estimating the burden of minor ailment consultations in general practices and emergency departments through retrospective review of routine data in North East Scotland. Family Practice, Fam Pract. 2015 Apr;32(2):165-72. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmv003.

Hohl C, et al. The Effect of Early In-hospital Medication Review on Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. BJCP Volume 80, Issue 1, pages 51-61, July 2015

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