Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities

An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds

Professor Allan House

Director – Leeds Institute of Health Sciences


0113 343 2725

1.23 Charles Thackrah Building


BSc (Hons London) 1971 Biochemistry 2:1
MBBS (London) 1974 Honours vivas in Obs & Gynae, Medicine
MRCP (UK) 1977
MRCPsych 1980
DM (Nottingham) 1988

Current and Previous Roles

Jan 1975 – Mar 1976 Pre-registration House Surgeon and House Physician Southampton General Hospital
Mar 1976 – July 1977 Rotating Senior House Officer in General Medicine Nottingham City Hospital
Aug 1977 – July 1978 Senior House Officer in Neurology Tayside Regional Neurology Centre Dundee Royal Infirmary
Sept 1978 – July 1980 Rotating Registrar in Psychiatry Nottingham
Aug 1980 – April 1986 Lecturer/Honorary Senior Registrar in Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry Nottingham
Apr 1986 – Mar 1989 Acting Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Senior Registrar Department of Psychiatry Oxford
April 1989 – June 1989 Locum Cons Psychiatrist Elms Clinic Banbury, Oxfordshire
July 1989 – Sept 1997 Cons and Senior Lecturer Department of Liaison Psychiatry General Infirmary at Leeds
Oct 1997 – Oct 1999 Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry University of Leeds
Nov 1999 – present Professor of Liaison Psychiatry Head of Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
2004 – 2006 Acting Director – Institute of Health Sciences and Public Health Research, Medicine and Health University of Leeds
2006 – Present Director – Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
Current Research Interests

Self harm and suicide in adults
Medically unexplained symptoms
Mental health and healthcare in people with physical disease

Current and Recent Research

Forster A (PI) House A (Co I) and others. Improving patient and carer centred outcomes in long-term stroke care NIHR programme grant £1,646 241 2007-2011

Cottrell D (PI) House A (Co-I) and others. Self-Harm Intervention, Family Therapy: a randomised controlled trial of family therapy vs. treatment as usual for young people seen after an episode of self-harm HTA programme £2,535,295 2008-2013

House A (PI) and others. IMPROVE-PC: Improving prevention of vascular disease in primary care, a research theme in LYBRA CLAHRC: Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Theme £3m 2008-13, CLAHRC £18.1m 2008-13

Development and evaluation of interventions for the prevention of childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic population: the Born-in-Bradford NHS research programme. Wright J (PI) and 10 Co-I. NIHR programme grant for applied research £ 1.99 million 2008-13

Mir G (PI) House A (Co I) and others. Addressing depression in Muslim Communities: Development of a guidance manual NIHR RfPB programme £241,656 2010-12

House A (PI) Ahmed S (Co I) and others. Antenatal Mental Health in a Bi-Ethnic Population – Understanding and Responding to Emotional and Somatic Distress in Pregnancy NIHR RfPB Programme £249,999 2009 – 2011.

Hughes T (PI) House A (Co I) and others. The prevalence and importance of unrecognized bi-polar disorder among patients prescribed antidepressant medication in UK General Practice NIHR RfPB programme £248,219 2010 – 2011

Ferrier I N (PI) House A (Co I) and others. Antiglucocorticoid augmentation of antiDepressants in Depression – The ADD Study Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme (NIHR) £1 million 1 May 2010 – 31 July 2012.

Lawton G (PI) House A (Co I) and others. NEST 2 – Naturalistic study of the short-term course of non-epileptic seizures (NES) after communication of diagnosis NIHR RfPB programme £250,000 1 May 2009 – 30 June 2011.

Foy R (PI) House A and others. Evaluation of screening for depression in patients with chronic physical disease in primary care NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: £247,141

PhD Supervision

Self harm and suicide in adults
Medically unexplained symptoms
Mental health and healthcare in people with physical disease
Current PhD Students

Orla O’Donnell – PhD (joint supervision with Dr Mitch Waterman) Psychological and environmental risk factors for self-harm and aggression

Kate McLintock – PhD (joint supervision with Professor Robbie Foy) Influences on the management of depression associated with chronic disease in primary care

Sarah Alderson – PhD (joint supervision with Professor Robbie Foy) Patients understanding of depression associated with chronic disease

Amanda Edmondson – PhD (joint supervision with Dr Cathy Brennan) Exploring motivations to self harm using innovative qualitative methodologies

Carolyn Montana – PhD (joint supervision with Dr Shenaz Ahmed & Dr John Holmes) Patient perspectives: the experience of coincidental dementia in acute nursing care

Gwen Powell – PhD (joint supervision with Dr Louise Bryant & Dr Janet Holt) Lives not worth living? An exploration of how healthcare professionals make decisions about serious handicap

Professional Activities

Member, HTA Commissioning Board 2005-
Member, Research for Patient Benefit Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Funding Committee 2006-
Member, Wellcome Trust Populations and Public Health Expert Review Group 2010-


Journal article

Fenton G; Hill K; Zaman S; House A. Exploring the views of older adults at risk of cardiovascular events on active ageing: Implications for service development. JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY August 2012, 20: S310-S311

Murray J; Honey S; Hill K; Craigs C; House A. Individual influences on lifestyle change to reduce vascular risk: a qualitative literature review. Br J Gen Pract June 2012, 62(599): e403-e410 doi:10.3399/bjgp12X649089

Baxter S; Baird W; Messina J; Mayor R; Howlett S; Reuber M; Brown R; Cock H; House A; Smith P. Understanding patient perceptions following a psycho-educational intervention for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior April 2012, 23(4): 487-493 doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.12.002

Traviss GD; West RM; House AO. Maternal Mental Health and its Association with Infant Growth at 6 Months in Ethnic Groups: Results From the Born-in-Bradford Birth Cohort Study. PlosONE February 2012, 7(2): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030707

Twiddy M; House A; Jones F. The association between discrepancy in Illness Representations on distress in stroke patients and carers. Journal of Psychosomatic Research January 2012, doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.12.004

Alderson SL; Foy R; Glidewell L; McLintock K; House A. How patients understand depression associated with chronic physical disease – a systematic review. BMC Fam Pract 2012, 13: 41 doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-41

Smith AB; Oluboyede Y; West R; Hewison J; House AO. The factor structure of the GHQ-12: the interaction between item phrasing, variance and levels of distress. Quality of Life Research 2012, 1-8 doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0133-7

Ward V; Smith SO; House A; Hamer S. Exploring knowledge exchange: a useful framework for practice and policy. Social Science and Medicine (accepted for publication)

Hatcher S; Sharon C; House A; Collings S; Parag V; Collins N. The ACCESS study a Zelen randomised controlled trial of a treatment package including problem solving therapy compared to treatment as usual in people who present to hospital after self-harm: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2011, 12: 135 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-135

Smith SO; Ward V; House A. ‘Impact’ in the proposals for the UK’s Research Excellence Framework: shifting the boundaries of academic autonomy. Research Policy 2011, 40(10): 1369-1379 doi:10.1016/j.respol.2011.05.026

Ward VL; Smith SO; Foy R; House AO; Hamer S. Planning for knowledge translation: a researchers’ guide. Evidence & Policy November 2010, 6(4): 527-541

Brennan C; Worrall-Davies A; McMillan D; Gilbody S; House A. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale: a diagnostic meta-analysis of case-finding ability. J Psychosom Res October 2010, 69(4): 371-378 doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.04.006

Kemp S; Agostinis A; House A; Coughlan AK. Analgesia and other causes of amnesia that mimic post-traumatic amnesia (PTA): a cohort study. J Neuropsychol September 2010, 4(Pt 2): 231-236 doi:10.1348/174866409X482614

House A. Escitalopram may improve some cognitive functions after stroke in non-depressed patients. Evid Based Ment Health August 2010, 13(3): 81 doi:10.1136/ebmh.13.3.81

West R; Hill K; Hewison J; Knapp P; House A. Psychological disorders after stroke are an important influence on functional outcomes: a prospective cohort study. Stroke August 2010, 41(8): 1723-1727 doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.583351

Hackett ML; Yang M; Anderson CS; Horrocks JA; House A. Pharmaceutical Interventions for Emotionalism After Stroke. STROKE July 2010, 41(7): E460-E461 doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.587311

Hulme C; Wright J; Crocker T; Oluboyede Y; House A. Non-pharmacological approaches for dementia that informal carers might try or access: a systematic review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry July 2010, 25(7): 756-763 doi:10.1002/gps.2429

Hackett ML; Hill KM; Hewison J; Anderson CS; House AO; Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study; Stroke Outcomes Study Group. Stroke survivors who score below threshold on standard depression measures may still have negative cognitions of concern. Stroke March 2010, 41(3): 478-481 doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.571729

Hackett ML; Yang M; Anderson CS; Horrocks JA; House A. Pharmaceutical interventions for emotionalism after stroke. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010, (2): CD003690 doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003690.pub3

Hall-Patch L; Brown R; House A; Howlett S; Kemp S; Lawton G; Mayor R; Smith P; Reuber M; NEST collaborators. Acceptability and effectiveness of a strategy for the communication of the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsia January 2010, 51(1): 70-78 doi:10.1111/j.1528-1167.2009.02099.x

Siddiqi N; Young J; House A; Featherstone I; Hopton A; Edwards J; Krishnam R; Peacock R; Martin C. Stop delirium: A complex intervention to prevent delirium in care homes: a mixed methods feasibility study. Age and Ageing 2010, 40(1): 90-98 doi:10.1093/ageing/afq126

Ward V; House A; Hamer S. Knowledge Brokering: The missing link in the evidence to action chain?. Evidence and Policy August 2009, 5(3): 267-279

Hackett ML; Anderson CS; House AO; Xia J; Hackett ML. Interventions for treating depression after stroke. Stroke July 2009, 40(7): doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.547059

Hackett ML; Glozier NS; House AO. Moving the ambulance to the top of the cliff: reducing the burden of depressive symptoms after stroke. INT J STROKE June 2009, 4(3): 180-182

Hackett ML; Anderson CS; House AO; Halteh C. Interventions for Preventing Depression After Stroke. Stroke May 2009, doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.547042

Hackett ML; Anderson CS; House AO; Xia J. Interventions for Treating Depression After Stroke. Stroke May 2009, doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.109.547059

Hill KM; West RM; Hewison J; House AO. The Stroke Outcomes Study 2 (SOS2): a prospective, analytic cohort study of depressive symptoms after stroke. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2009, 9: 22 doi:10.1186/1471-2261-9-22

Meer S; Raynor P; Horrocks J; Barnes J; West R; House A. Emotional and somatic distress in pregnancy. J REPROD INFANT PSYC 2009, 27(3): 317-317

Sheikh F; Sheikh U; Horrocks J; Barnes J; West R; House A. Distress in pregnancy and its relation to pregnancy outcomes: Systematic literature reviews. J REPROD INFANT PSYC 2009, 27(3): 321-322

Ward VL; House AO; Hamer S. Knowledge brokering: Exploring the process of transferring knowledge into action. BMC Health Services Research 2009, 9(1): doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-12

Lilley R; Owens D; Horrocks J; House A; Noble R; Bergen H; Hawton K; Casey D; Simkin S; Murphy E; Cooper J; Kapur N. Hospital care and repetition following self-harm: multicentre comparison of self-poisoning and self-injury. Br J Psychiatry June 2008, 192(6): 440-445 doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.043380

Gilbody S; Sheldon T; House A. Screening and case-finding instruments for depression: a meta-analysis. CAN MED ASSOC J April 2008, 178(8): 997-1003 doi:10.1503/cmaj.070281

Hackett ML; Anderson CS; House A; Xia J. Interventions for treating depression after stroke. COCHRANE DB SYST REV 2008, (4): doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003437.pub3

Smith J; Forster A; House A; Knapp P; Wright J; Young J. Information provision for stroke patients and their caregivers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008, (2): CD001919 doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001919.pub2

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