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Dr Tom Phillips

Visiting Lecturer





Tom Phillips is a Registered Mental Nurse with an established academic career in addiction research. In March 2018 he was appointed Professor of Nursing (Addictions), University of Hull following a successful clinical academic career in the NHS. Over the last 16 years, he has collaborated on a number of epidemiological studies, randomised controlled trials and alcohol screening and brief interventions studies in emergency departments, primary care and criminal justice settings. He was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship; obtaining a doctorate in Addiction Science here at King’s College London, undertaking the epidemiological analysis of alcohol use disorders within emergency departments.


Currently, he is an investigator on an NIHR funded grant, the ADAM study, led by Professor Colin Drummond; a three-arm, RCT of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of adjunctive medication management and contingency management to enhance adherence to medications for alcohol dependence.


Having been a member of the NICE guideline development group and the evidence update advisory group on the management of harmful alcohol use and alcohol dependence, he is currently a member of the Alcohol Expert Group for Public Health England. Additionally, he is also Yorkshire and Humber CRN Specialty Lead for Mental Health.


A list of Tom's publications can be found on the KCL Research Portal.

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