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Douglas NobleDr Douglas J Noble



Douglas Noble read science and medicine at the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford. Trained initially in general surgery, he became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006. Subsequently he worked as Clinical Adviser to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England, Sir Liam Donaldson, from 2006-2008. His position involved regularly advising the CMO on health policy, speech writing and liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO). This involved research, writing and managing parts of the 2005, 2006 and 2007: On the state of public health: Annual report of the CMO. He was also part of the team that produced the CMO's report: Best and Safest Care as part of the Darzi review of the National Health Service in 2008.

Douglas' experience in producing international guidelines for countries, comes through work with WHO, where he was involved in leading development of the WHO Radiotherapy Risk Profile, the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools and the WHO Learning from Error Workshop and Training Manual.  He also contributed to the WHO Patient Safety Research Priority Setting, the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Initiative and WHO Patient Safety Solutions.

He completed a Master's degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore USA in 2009, before taking up a post in Tower Hamlets Public Health Department, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, England. In the summer of 2010 he led a national investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella for the Health Protection Agency -England's communicable disease control centre.

Douglas' skills in humanitarian work and with the charity sector have developed through volunteering for over a decade as medical adviser, trustee, and latterly Chair of the UK Board of the Jian Hua Foundation, an NGO with approximately 150 full-time associates in China. This involved regular travel with medical teams to China, and work with a related effort, Project Dengke.  

He has held the affiliations of Research Fellow, Honorary Visiting Fellow, and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.  His other academic appointment is at Queen Mary University of London where he is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit, and from where he received his research doctorate.  He has enjoyed significant media attention recently for academic study of the risk of diabetes amongst the residents of East London.   

Douglas is currently a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice with the Commonwealth Fund in the United States of America until summer 2013.  

All publications

Mathur R, Noble D, Smith D, Greenhalgh T, Robson J: Quantifying the risk of type 2 diabetes in East London using the QDScore: a cross-sectional analysis.  Br J Gen Pract.  2012;62(603):e663-e670.  

Noble DJ: Accountable Care Organizations and Clinical Commissioning Groups face an uncertain challenge for improving public health.  
Journal of Public Health Research.  2012;1(2):e16.  

Noble D, Smith D, Mathur R, Robson J, Greenhalgh T: Feasibility study of geospatial mapping of chronic disease risk to inform public health commissioning.  BMJ Open 2012;2(1):e000711.

Noble DJ, Little C, Lane C, Davies R, De Pinna E, Larkin L, Morgan D: Revival of an old problem: An increase of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium Definitive Phage Type 8 Infections in 2010 in England and Northern Ireland linked to duck eggs.  Epidemiol Infect. 2012;140(1):146-9.

Noble DJ, Greaves F, Donaldson L: Chapter 1, Public Health.  In: Medical Research: Understanding the Studies that Shaped Medicine.  
Wiley-Blackwell.  2012.  ISBN 978-0470654484.  

Greaves F, Noble DJ, Donaldson L: Chapter 2, Patient Safety.  In: Medical Research: Understanding the Studies that Shaped Medicine.  
Wiley-Blackwell.  2012.  ISBN 978-0470654484.  

Noble D, Dent T, Greenhalgh T: Time to compare impact and feasibility of prediction models in real life.  BMJ 2012;345:e4357. Letter

Noble D, Mathur R, Dent T, Meads C, Greenhalgh T: Systematic review of risk models and scores for type 2 diabetes.  BMJ 2011;343:d7163.  

Noble DJ, Panesar SS, Pronovost P: A public health approach to reporting systems operating at different levels within healthcare is urgently needed.  
J Patient Saf. 2011;7(2):109-12.

Noble DJ, Lemer C, Stanton E: What has change management in industry got to do with improving patient safety? Postgrad Med J. 2011;87(1027):345-8.  

Panesar SS, Noble DJ, Mirza SB, Patel B, Mann B, Emerton M, Cleary K, Sheikh A, Bhandari M: Can the surgical checklist reduce the risk of wrong site surgery in orthopaedics? - can the checklist help? Supporting evidence from analysis of a national patient incident reporting system.
J Orthop Surg Res. 2011;6:18.

Deleany G, Barton M, Noble DJ: Chapter 11, Radiotherapy: Using risk profiling to identify errors and close calls in the process of care. In: The value of near misses in patient safety.  Joint Commission Resources. 2011.  
ISBN: 978-1-59940-415-8.  

Greaves F, Noble D: The demise of the public health system in England.  
BMJ 2011;343:d7527.  Letter

Walton M, Woodward H, Van Staalduinen S, Lemer C, Greaves F, Noble D, Ellis B, Donaldson L, Barraclough B: The WHO patient safety curriculum guide for medical schools.  Postgrad Med J 2011;87:317-321.  Republished paper

Noble DJ, Donaldson LJ: The quest to eliminate intrathecal vincristine errors: a 40-year journey. Postgrad Med J. 2011. 87(1023):71-4. Republished paper

Woodward HI, Mytton OT, Lemer C, Yardley IE, Ellis BM, Rutter PD, Greaves FE, Noble DJ, Kelley E, Wu AW: What Have We Learned About Interventions to Reduce Medical Errors? Annu Rev Public Health. 2010;31:479-97.

Noble DJ: Too many clinical leaders? BMJ. 2010;340:c914.  Letter

Noble D: US healthcare: A proposal that speaks to the heart of America.  Health Serv J. 2010 Mar 11;120(6197):14-5.  Non-peer reviewed article

Donaldson LJ, Lemer C, Noble DJ, Greaves F, Fletcher M: Finding the Achilles' heel in healthcare. J R Soc Med. 2010;103(2):40-1. Non-peer reviewed editorial

Stanton E, Noble D: Emotional intelligence.  BMJ Careers, 17 Nov 2010.  
Non-peer reviewed article

Jha AK, Prasopa-Plaizier N, Larizgoitia I, Bates DW; Research Priority Setting Working Group of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety: Patient safety research: an overview of the global evidence. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010;19(1):42-7.  Part of working group

Shafiq J, Barton M, Noble D, Lemer C, Donaldson L: An international review of patient safety measures in radiotherapy practice.  
Radiotherapy and Oncology.  2009;92(1):15-21.  

Macdonnell M, Noble D: Reform: Lessons for the UK in Obama's universal plan. Health Serv J. 2009 Aug 13;119(6169):10-1.  Non-peer reviewed article

Macdonnell M, Noble D: NHS looking across the pond Obama's cures. Health Serv J. 2009 Jan 29;119(6141):12-3.  Non-peer reviewed article

Global priorities for patient safety research: Bates DW, Larizgoitia I, Prasopa-Plaizier N, Jha AK; Research Priority Setting Working Group of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety.
BMJ. 2009;338:b1775.  Part of working group

Lemer C, Greaves F, Woodward H, Noble D: And now for something completely different? BMJ Careers.  9 April 2008.  Non-peer reviewed article

Lamyman MJ, Noble D, Narang S, Delhalvi N: Small bowel obstruction secondary to intestinal schistosomiasis.
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2006;100(9):885-7.  

Hope T, Frith P, Craze J, Mussai F, Chadha A, Noble D: Developing guidelines for medical students about the examination of patients under 18 years old.  
BMJ. 2005;331(7529):1384-6.  

Noble D, Richards T, Mitchell D, Vaidya A: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome following Simultaneous Kidney-Pancreas Transplant.  
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2005;20(11):2552-3.  

Noble D, Mitchell D, Zilvetti M, Vaidya A: The role of the junior surgical trainee in ward rounds. Med Teach. 2005;27(3):283-4.  Letter

Lammyman M, Orbell J, Noble D: Concomitant trauma to lumbar vertebrae and renal tract.  BMJ Minerva.  331:1280, 26 November 2005.  
Non-peer reviewed case report

Dibb MJ, Noble D et al: Ultrasonographic analysis of bladder tumours.  
Journal of Clinical Imaging. 2001;25(6):416-20.  

Dibb MJ, Noble D et al: Comparison of supraspinatus tendon and glenohumeral joint axes in MR imaging of the shoulder.  
Skeletal Radiology. 2000;29(7):397-401.  

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