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Douglas NobleDr Douglas J Noble



Dr Douglas Noble is an NHS public health Consultant who studied science at the University of St. Andrews and medicine at Oxford University. He has a master’s degree and research doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins and Queen Mary University of London, respectively. He worked as a Clinical Adviser to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Department of Health, working on three successive annual reports on the state of public health in England, and managing World Health Organization programmes in patient safety. After working for the CMO he led a national investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella for the Health Protection Agency, worked at the Cabinet Office, and researched part of the American health system as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. He has published 30+ papers in academic and health service journals.

Douglas is currently the Regional Health Adviser for South Asia for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In this role he acts as UNICEF’s section head for health in the regional office for South Asia in Kathmandu, Nepal. With the regional health team he technically assists and quality assures UNICEF’s country office’s health work in South Asia - programmes with about 125 staff in total and an annual budget of US$90 million across the region.

Douglas has held the affiliations of Research Fellow, Honorary Visiting Fellow, and Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College since 2004. His other academic affiliation is at Queen Mary University of London where he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit.


Hasman A, Raaijmakers HC, Noble DJ: Inactivated polio vaccine launch in Nepal: a public health milestone. Lancet Global Health. 2014;2(11):e627-8.

Noble DJ, Greenhalgh T, Casalino LP: Improving population health one person at a time? Accountable care organisations: perceptions of population health - a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open. 2014;4(4):e004665.

Noble D, Biller-Andorno N, Sutherland JM, Anstey M: Challenges facing Medicaid expansion in the US. British Medical Journal. 2013;346:f3261.

Noble DJ, Casalino LP: Can Accountable Care Organizations improve population health? Should they try? Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 2013;309(11):1119-1120.

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. British Journal of General Practice. 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 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. Epidemiology and Infection. 2012;140(1):146-9.

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, 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, Mathur R, Dent T, Meads C, Greenhalgh T: Systematic review of risk models and scores for type 2 diabetes. British Medical Journal (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. Journal of Patient Safety. 2011;7(2):109-12.

Noble DJ, Lemer C, Stanton E: What has change management in industry got to do with improving patient safety? Postgraduate Medical Journal. 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. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 2011;6(1):18.

Ellis BM, Rutter P, Greaves F, Noble D, Lemer C: New models in clinical leadership: the Chief Medical Officer’s Clinical Advisors Scheme. The International Journal of Clinical Leadership. 2011;17(1):1-6.

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

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 Medical Journal. 2011;87:317-321. Republished paper

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.

Noble DJ, Pronovost P: Underreporting of patient safety incidents reduces healthcare's ability to quantify and accurately measure harm reduction. Journal of Patient Safety. 2010;6(4):247-250.

Walton M, Woodward H, Van Staalduinen S, Lemer C, Greaves F, Noble D, Ellis B, Donaldson L, Barraclough B: The World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools. Quality and Safety in Health Care. 2010;19(6):542-6.

Stanton E, Noble D: Emotional intelligence. BMJ Careers. 17 Nov 2010.

Donaldson LJ, Noble DJ: The need for risk profiling in patient safety. Journal of Patient Safety. 2010;6(3):125-7.

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? Annual Review of Public Health. 2010;31:479-97.

Noble D: US healthcare: A proposal that speaks to the heart of America. Health Services Journal. 2010;120(6197):14-5.

Noble DJ, Donaldson LJ: The quest to eliminate intrathecal vincristine errors: a 40 year journey. Quality and Safety in Health Care. 2010;19(4):323-6.

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. Quality and Safety in Health Care. 2010;19(1):42-7. Part of working group

Donaldson LJ, Lemer C, Noble DJ, Greaves F, Fletcher M: Finding the Achilles' heel in healthcare. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2010;103(2):40-1.

Macdonnell M, Noble D: Reform: Lessons for the UK in Obama's universal plan. Health Services Journal. 2009;119(6169):10-1.

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.

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

Macdonnell M, Noble D: NHS looking across the pond Obama's cures. Health Services Journal. 2009;119(6141):12-3.

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

Lamyman MJ, Noble D, Narang S, Delhalvi N: Small bowel obstruction secondary to intestinal schistosomiasis. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 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. British Medical Journal (BMJ). 2005;331(7529):1384-6.

Noble D, Richards T, Mitchell D, Vaidya A: Carpal tunnel syndrome following simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 2005;20(11):2552-3.

Dibb MJ, Noble DJ, Peh WCG, Lam CHL, Yip KH, Li JHC, Tam PC: Ultrasonographic analysis of bladder tumours. Clinical Imaging. 2001;25(6):416-20.

Dibb MJ, Noble DJ, Wong LLS, Peh WCG: Comparison of supraspinatus tendon and glenohumeral joint axes in MR imaging of the shoulder. Skeletal Radiology. 2000;29(7):397-401.