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Biography Professor Phillips, who qualified as a registered mental nurse in 1991, has collaborated on a number of epidemiological studies and randomised controlled trials related to alcohol screening and brief interventions in emergency departments, primary care and criminal justice settings over the last 20 years.

Awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, he obtained a Doctorate in Addiction Science at King's College London, undertaking the epidemiological analysis of alcohol use disorders within emergency departments. ( Professor Phillips has expanded this research to examine the impact of length of stay (LOS) on alcohol withdrawal hospital readmissions and self-discharges among emergency admissions to acute hospital admissions. He was Chief Investigator on the FASTer Access to Alcohol Treatment Study exploring the utility of short alcohol screening tests to identify alcohol use disorders within emergency departments.

Professor Phillips is currently Joint Chief Investigator along with Professor Julia Sinclair, University of Southampton, on the NHIR HS&DR funded Programme of Research for Alcohol Care Teams: Impact, Value and Effectiveness (ProACTIVE) project ( The ProACTIVE research programme is a multi-disciplinary, integrated, mixed-methods study designed to evaluate the impact of ACTs at the policy, health system and patient level. It will identify the 'optimal' models of ACT, define the components which best support the identification, and cost-effective management of hospitalised adults with alcohol dependence. He is also leading a collaborative multi-method service evaluation of alcohol assertive outreach in Hull (COACH study) funded by NIHR Mental Health Innovation Network which involves clinical and academic partners from across the Yorkshire and The Humber region.

Professor Phillips supervises several PhD students investigating the care and management of alcohol withdrawal, alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol dependence within acute hospitals and specialist community alcohol teams. He also represents the NIHR Yorkshire and The Humber Clinical Research Network as Specialty Lead for Mental Health and practices clinically within the Alcohol Care Team, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a member of the UK Alcohol Clinical Guidelines Expert Group; NICE Quality Standards Committee on Alcohol Use Disorders, a member of the Alcohol Care Team National Working Group and holds a visiting appointment at the National Addiction Centre, King's College London.

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