Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Dr Nick Booth

Strategic Advisor in Health Informatics



M.R.C.G.P., Royal College of General Practitioners (U.K.), 1983 D.C.H., R.C.P.S. Glasgow, Child Health, 1983.
M.A., Cambridge University, Medical Sciences, 1979.
M.B.,B.S., London University, Medicine, 1978

Previous Positions

Senior Medical Coding Consultant, NHS Centre for Coding and Classification.
Principal in General Practice, The Castle Surgery, Prudhoe, Northumberland.
Centre Director, The Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics at Newcastle (SCHIN).


American Medical Informatics Association
British Association of Clinical Terminologists
British Computer Society
British Medical Association
College of American Pathologists (SNOMED International Editorial Board)
Royal College of General Practitioners

Honours and Awards

Best Paper on an Application, AMIA Fall Symposium, November 1999, Washington DC. The TextBase Project: Implementation of a Base Level Message Supporting Electronic Patient Record Transfer in English General Practice, N.S. Booth, MA, MBBS, MRCGP, N.L. Jain, DSc, and R. Sugden, MBCS.


Research Interests

I am a researcher in health informatics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. My main areas of research interest are:
Health Terminologies and Classifications,
Electronic Health Records,
Information handling in health care organisations,
Clinical record structure and messaging,
Analysis of the consultation in General Practice,
Decision support systems in health care,
Social Informatics.

Other Expertise

General Practitioner, Wellway Medical Group, Morpeth, Northumberland.
Course Director, Short Courses in Health Informatics (in preparation for 2003).

Future Research

Ethnographic and video analysis of point of care computing in primary and hospital care. Effectiveness of health information systems in promoting high quality health care in multidisciplinary and interorganisational health care pathways.


NHS Information Authority ERDIP 2000-2002.
NHS RDD, ICTRI programme, 2000-2003.