Professor Martin Eccles
Professor of Clinical Effectiveness

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  • Address: Institute of Health and Society,
    Newcastle University
    Baddiley Clark Building,
    Richardson Road,
    Newcastle upon Tyne,
    NE2 4AX


I work one day a week having retired in August 2012 and am a research advisor to the institute of Health and Society.  I am attached to the Decision Making and Organisation of Care DMOC) Group.  My research programme was entitled "Effective Practice and Organisation of Care".  I worked as a general practitioner two afternoons a week, was an editor for the Cochrane Collaboration EPOC review group and am co-Editor-in Chief of Implementation Science.

Roles and Responsibilities

Editor in Chief, Implementation Science(

Past-President UK Society of Behavioural Medicine 2010-2012 ( 


MB, BS 1978, Newcastle University

DCH 1981, Royal College of Physicians

MRCP (UK) 1981, Royal College of Physicians

MD 1988, Newcastle University

MRCGP 1988, Royal College of General Practitioners

FRCP 1996, Royal College of Physicians

FRCGP 1997, Royal College of General Practitioners

FMedSci 2002, Academy of Medical Sciences 

Previous positions

2001 – 2012, William Leech Professor of Primary Care Research.

1997 - 2012, Professor of Clinical Effectiveness (personal chair).

1997 – 2012, General Practitioner (Associate), Guidepost Medical Group, Choppington, Northumberland (2 sessions/week).

1993 - 1997, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Director of the Primary Health Care Research Programme at the Centre for Health Services Research, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

1993 – 1997 General Practitioner (Associate) at St Albans Medical Group, Felling, Gateshead and Marsden Road Health Centre South Shields.

1991 - 1993 Senior Clinical Research Associate on the Ambulatory Care Programme, based at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

1989 1990 Clinical Research Associate with the 'North of England Study of Standards and Performance in General Practice', based at the Health Care Research Unit, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

1989 - 1993 Principal in general practice at Prospect House Medical Group, Prospect Place, Newcastle upon Tyne.  This is a seven partner inner city practice in the west end of Newcastle.

1988 - 1989 Visiting Fellow at the Health Care Research Unit, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.  this was a part-time post (1 session), attached to the 'North of England Study of Standards and Performance in General Practice', analysing the study's data on trainee General Practitioners.

1985 - 1987 Project Leader, the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council Dunn Nutrition Unit field station in Keneba, The Gambia, West Africa. 

1978 – 1987 Various junior doctor and speciality training positions. 

Honours and Awards

MFPH (through distinction), 1998, FFPH 2006, Royal College of Physicians 

President, UK Society of Behavioural Medicine, December 2007 to December 2010 (Vice President, December 2004 to December 2007; Past President December 2010 to December 2012).  

NIHR Senior Investigator, 2008 (inaugural), 2012 (renewal)

Research interests

My research interest is improving patient outcomes through receiving appropriate healthcare. This involves four areas of study. [1] systematic reviewing of the currently available knowledge, including developing clinical guidelines; [2] hypothesis generating studies, usually documenting current patterns of care; [3] hypothesis testing studies, usually randomised controlled trials of interventions to promote the uptake of research evidence into practice; [4] an exploration of theory relevant to this area, in order to better understand clinician behaviour and design interventions to promote change. 

Research roles

I am research advisor to the Institute of Health and Society.

Postgraduate supervision 

I currently have no postgraduate supervision.

Esteem Indicators

2003 to date, Visiting Professor, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa Hospital.
November 2003, Expert Adviser to Australian National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS).
May 2007, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada.
Elected member of Faculty of Medical Sciences 2002
UK National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator Award 2008-12 2012-15

International responsibilities
Technical adviser to Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center, Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies Project, 2003 – 2005.
Cochrane Collaboration Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Review Group Editor, 2003 to 2012.
Expert adviser to Australian National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) 'Development of strategies to encourage adoption of best evidence into practice' Workshop, Hobart, 5-6 November 2003.
External referee for the Promotions Committee, University of Western Australia, Australia, 2004.
Member of the Canadian Research Chairs College of Reviewers, 2004.
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for KT Canada, September 2008 for 5 years.
National responsibilities
Diploma in Child Health; Examiner, 1992
Specialty Assurance Team for the Paediatrics Specialty Working Group, Clinical Terms Project, Information Management Group, NHS Management Executive; Member, 1992
Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Guidelines Group; Member, 1993 to 1998.
UK NHS R&D Programme for Evaluation of Methods to promote the implementation of R&D, Member of Commissioning Group, 1995 to 2000.
UK NHS R&D Health Technology Assessment Programme. Member of Commissioning Board, 1997 to 2002.
Member of the UK Medical Research Council Health Services Research Collaboration (MRCHSRC) Strategy Group, 1998 to 2004.
UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Chair of Guidelines Advisory Committee, 2000 to 2003.
UK NHS R&D Service Delivery and Organisation of Care Programme. Member of Commissioning Board, 2002 to 2005.
UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence; Clinical guidelines methodology consultant, 2003 to 2005.
UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence; Research and Development Committee member, 2003 to 2010.
UK NHS Health Development Agency; Evidence into Practice Committee member, 2003 to 2005.
UK NHS R&D Service Delivery and Organisation of Care Programme. Member Programme Board, 2004 to 2008.
UK Medical Research Council College of Experts, August 2005 to 2007.
UK Medical Research Council member of Health Services and Public Health Research Board, 2007 to 2008.
UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Chair of Implementation Advisory Group, 2008 to 2012.
UK NHS Evidence, member of Board, 2008 to 2010.


Grants since 2008 include:  

  1. Kirkwood TBL, Bond J, Eccles MP, Jagger C, James OFW, von Zglinicki. The Newcastle 85+ Study: biological, clinical and psychosocial Factors associated with health ageing. Medical Research Council. £2,224,874, 01/01/06 to 31/12/10 (G0500997).
  2. Michie S, Wight D, Johnston M, Lawton R, Eccles M. Applying social-psychological theory to understanding professional and population health behavioural change. MRC PHSRN Pump-priming Grant. £20,500. March 2007 for 12 months.
  3. Eccles MP, Hawthorne G, Johnston M, Hunter MM, Steen IN, Francis JJ, Eliovanio M, Grimshaw J. Improving the delivery of care for patients with diabetes through understanding optimised team work and organisation in primary care. Diabetes UK (Grant reference BDA:RD06/0003342) £553,367. April 2007 for 36 months. £73,702 extension funding for patient survey awarded August 2008 for 18 months. Total award £627,069.
  4. Eccles MP, Leng G, Shepperd S, Dickinson H, Milne E, Grimshaw J, Kelson M. Effective Practice and Organisation of Care in the NHS. NHS Cochrane Collaboration Programme Grant Scheme, £353,829, August 2007 for 36 months.
  5. Ford G, Rogers H, Thomson R, Donaldson C, Price C, Murtagh M, White M, Cessford C, Gray J, Walters J, Eccles M. Development and evaluation of hyperacute services for patients with acute stroke. NIHR Programme Grant, £1,682,608. January 2008 for 60 months. 
  6. Taljaard M, Grimshaw JM, Weijer C, Donner A, Saginur R, Eccles M, Brehaut J, Zwarenstein M, Borouch, R. Ethical and Policy Issues in Cluster Randomized Trials. Canadian Institute for Health Research, CDN$451,316. January 2008 for 36 months. 
  7. White M, Adamson A, Batterham A, Carr S, Clarke C, Crosland A, Donaldson C, Eccles M, Hudson R, Hunter D, Kaner E, Rubin G, Shucksmith J, Summerbell C, Wilkinson J. Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. Economic & Social Research Council £4,119,423. June 2008 for 60 months. 
  8. Grimshaw JM, Brouwers M, Driedger S, Eccles M, Francis J, Godin G, Hanna S, Hux J, Johnston M, Legare F, Lemyre L, Pomey M, Sales A, Zwarenstein M. Canada Prime Plus: Selecting individual and organizational theories for interventions to change clinical practice. Canadian Institute for Health Research, CDN$703, 678. January 2009 for 36 months. 
  9. Chief Investigators: Green S, Browning C, Workman B, Flicker L, O’Connor D, Harris C, International Team Members: Grimshaw J, Francis J, Michie S, Eccles M. Evidence-based care of people with dementia. Australian Government National Health & Medical Research Council, AUS$1,051,265. September 2008 for 36 months. 
  10. Hunter D, Maxwell S, Erskine J, Scott EM, Eccles M, Whitty P, Steen N, Hicks C, McGovern T, Lugsden E. An Evaluation of Transformational Change in NHS North East. NIHR SDO Programme (Project No. 08/1809/255), £509,214, January 2010 for 36 months.
  11. Treweek S, Ricketts IW, Francis JJ, Eccles M, Bonetti D, Pitts NB, MacLennan G, Sullivan F, A web-based platform to support the development-evaluation-implementation process of the 2008 MRC framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions. Chief Scientists Office, Scotland, £127,225. June 2010 for 14 months.
  12. Michie S, Abraham C, Eccles MP, Francis J, Hardeman W, Johnston MJ. Methods for strengthening evaluation and implementation: specifying components of behaviour change interventions. MRC, £491253. June 2010 for 36 months.
  13. Francis JJ, Bellingan G (Co-PI), Campbell MK, Cuthbertson B, Eccles MP, Johnston M, MacLennan G, Ramsay CR, Rose L, Rowan K, Shulman R, Wilson P. Selective Decontamination of the Digestive tract in critically ill patients treated in the Intensive Care Unit (The SuDDICU study). NIHR Health Technology Assesment Programme (Project ref. 09/01/13), £213,907. October 2010 for 18 months. 
  14. Shepperd S, Eccles MP, Leng G, Moore V, Hill A, Grimshaw J, Newton J Alder N. Flodgren G. Effective Practice and Organisation of Care in the NHS. NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant Scheme, £419,785, November 2010 for 36 months.
  15. Solomon T, Levin M, Riley J, Jacoby A, Copelman M, Easton A, Menson E, Foy R, Medina-Lara A, Faragher B, Eccles M, Brown D. Understanding and Improving the Outcome of Viral Encephalitis. NIHR Programme Grant, £1,999,987, January 2011 for 60 months. 
  16. Wensing M, Baker R, Eccles MP, Oxman AD, Szecsenyi J, Grimshaw J, Godycki‐Cwirko M. Tailored implementation for chronic diseases. European Union Framework 7, Euro 2,999,550, March 2011 for 48 months.
  17. Eccles MP, Presseau J, Hawthorne G, Sniehotta F, Hunter M, Steen N, Deverill M, Kaner E, Francis JJ, Johnston M, Elovanio M, Grimshaw JM. Overcoming Barriers to High Quality Care in Diabetes through Professional Behaviour Change. Diabetes UK (Ref 11/0004367), £381,506, August 2012 for 36 months. 
Post retirement I have no teaching roles.