Chris Sutton

Dr. Chris Sutton

Associate Director (Operations) Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit / Principal Lecturer

College of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB413

+44 (0) 1772 89 2783

Chris is the Associate Director of the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). He is responsible for the day-to-day operational co-ordination of the trials unit's activities and supports its Director, Professor Caroline Watkins, with the Unit's overall management. He is also the lead statistician in the Lancashire CTU and currently supervises the analysis of all its trials. Chris' main research interests are the design and analysis of studies of randomised trials of complex interventions.

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Chris is an experienced statistician with a particular interest in the design and analysis of randomised trials to evaluate the effectiveness of complex healthcare interventions. Chris is particularly interested in the application of cluster trials and of the evaluation of complex interventions for stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal research.

As the Associate Director of the Lancashire CTU overseeing the day to day CTU business, he is also responsible for developing business. Using his extensive contacts in health research Chris is developing new collaborations on trials both from external and internal sources.


Ph.D. Mathematics, Leicester University, 1997
M.Sc. Medical Statistics and I.T., Leicester University, 1987
B.A. Mathematics, Oxford University, 1983 (M.A. 1989).


Daniels, T., Goodacre, L., Sutton, Chris J, Pollard, K., Conway, S. and Peckham, D. (2011) Accurate Assessment of Adherence: Self-Report and Clinician Report vs Electronic Monitoring of Nebulizers. Chest, 140 (2). pp. 425-432. ISSN 0012-3692

Sutton, Chris J, Watkins, Caroline Leigh, Cook, Neil, Leathley, Michael John, Mcadam, Joanna and Dey, Maria Paola (2013) Postal and face-to-face administration of stroke outcome measures: Can mixed modes be used? Stroke, 44 (1). pp. 217-219. ISSN 0039-2499

Sutton, Chris J, Watkins, Caroline Leigh and Dey, Paola (2012) Illustrating problems faced by stroke researchers: a review of cluster-randomized controlled trials. International Journal of Stroke, - (-). ---. ISSN 1747-4930

Martindale, Jane H, Sutton, Chris J and Goodacre, Lynne (2012) An exploration of the inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index. Clinical Rheumatology , 31 (11). pp. 1627-1631. ISSN 0770-3198

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Areas of Interest

Complex intervention trials: design and analysis
Use of cluster-randomised (including stepped-wedge) design trials in the evaluation of complex interventions
Design and implementation of feasibility trials
Design and analysis of psychosocial oncology, stroke rehabilitation trials and musculoskeletal studies

Current Projects

Implementation of an online supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with recent onset psychosis: the Relatives’ Education and Coping Toolkit “REACT”
Examining the accuracy of a physical diagnostic technique for CFS/M
What influences the rise and fall of health research disciplines? Insights from a mixed-method investigation of occupational epidemiological research in the UK.
General practice use of Anticoagulants to Prevent Strokes: Exploring the factors that influence effective management of anticoagulation therapy for atrial fibrillation in primary care.
The Impact of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Self-Management Education on Outcomes in Patients with COPD.
Knee problems in young adults.
Exploration of Knee Pain and Knee Pain related disabilities in Nepalese Adults.

Current Lancashire CTU projects*:

Collaborator on a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship
* see projects page for more details

Recently completed projects:

Endometrial Cancer Telephone follow-up trial (ENDCAT)
Identifying Continence Options After Stroke (ICONS)
Night Eating Syndrome in obese patients
Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training & Evaluation (ASTUTE)
Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT)

Current Projects:

Feasibility for subgrouping for targeted interventions for patellofemoral pain syndrome (TIPPS)
Follow-up regimens for knee and hip replacements
Evaluation of the sensitivity to change of the LupusQoL, a disease-specific health-related quality of life measure
Epidemiology of patellofemoral pain syndrome (SNAPPS)
Measurement properties of the General Health Questionnaire 28 in stroke populations

Recently completed projects

Identifying Continence Options After Stroke (ICONS)

Night Eating Syndrome in obese patients

Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training & Evaluation (ASTUTE)

Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining Rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Current taught courses:

NU4137 Advanced Stroke Practice and Research
NU4026 Advanced Postgraduate Research Methods (clinical trials sessions)
Manchester University: Preston-based 4th year medical student undergraduate projects: statistics support

Current postgraduate research students:

Supervisor of 5 full-time (one as Director of Studies) research students

External Activities

Trial Steering Committee for ‘The Renoprotective value of Leukodepletion in Heart Valve surgery: an

external feasibility randomised controlled trial (ROLO Trial)’

Data Monitoring Committee for ‘Abdominal massage for neurogenic bowel dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis (AMBER)’ trial (Chair)

Data Monitoring Committee for ‘Xanthine Oxidase Inhibition for Improvement of Long-Term Outcomes Following Ischaemic Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (XILO-FIST)’ trial

Trial Steering Committee for ‘A Pilot Study to Assess the Feasibility of a Web-based Intervention for Prevention of Relapse in Bipolar Disorder (ERP-Online)’ trial

Trial Steering Committee for ‘Web-based Integrated Parenting Intervention for Bipolar Parents of Young Children (Triple P)’ trial

NIHR North West Research Design Service Specialist Methods Advisor (complex intervention and feasibility trials)

Member of Rehabilitation Clinical Studies Group of the Stroke Research Network

Data Monitoring Committee for ‘Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Efficacy Trial (OCTET)

Member of the Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group of the National Cancer Research Institute

NIHR CRN: Stroke Rehabilitation Sub-speciality Group

NIHR Reviewer: Programme Grants for Applied Research and Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, Public Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit and Health Technology Assessment Programmes

Reviewer for the Stroke Association

Committee Member for Royal Statistical Society Local Group (Lancashire and Cumbria)

Statistical reviewer for several journals (Acta Orthopaedica, BMJ Open, Clinical Trials, International Journal of Stroke, Journal of Child Health Care, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series D (The Statistician), Maternal and Childhood Nutrition, Statistics in medicine, Stroke, Trials)

Social Media

Linked In

Research Gate

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Royal Statistical Society, CStat
  • Society for Social Medicine


2014 Oral Presentation, Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit Launch
2012 Poster presentation, UK Stroke Forum, Harrogate
2011 Poster presentation, MRC Trials Methodology Conference, Bristol
2011 Poster presentation, Society for Social Medicine Conference, Warwick University
2010 Poster presentation, UK Stroke Forum, Glasgow
2009 Oral Presentation, Society for Social Medicine Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2007 Poster presentation, UK Stroke Forum, Harrogate
2006 Poster presentation, UK Stroke Forum, Harrogate
2003 Poster presentation, European Stroke Conference, Valencia2010 Poster presentation, UK Stroke Forum

Note: Oral and poster presentations are listed only for presentations for which I was presenting personally.