Gordon Prescott

Dr. Gordon Prescott

Reader in Medical Statistics and Deputy Director of the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB413

+44 (0) 1772 89 4997

Dr Gordon Prescott is a Reader in Medical Statistics and Deputy Director at the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit. He leads the medical statistics team and works on clinical trials and other medical studies. He has other expertise in prognostic modelling and diagnostic testing applied to chronic conditions.

Gordon is research active within the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit, Health Research Methodology Hub (HeRMI), and the Lancashire Research Institute For Global HEalth and Wellbeing (LIFE)


Full Profile

Dr Gordon Prescott joined the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit as Reader in Medical Statistics in 2018. He leads the medical statistics team and works on clinical trials and other medical studies.

His statistical interests are in clinical trials methodology and in prognostic modelling and diagnostic testing. His medical areas of interest include stroke care, musculoskeletal conditions, renal disease and diabetic retinopathy screening. He has worked extensively with the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank on studies of cardiovascular disease in relation to obstetric events, complications of preeclampsia, and modes of delivery. He also conducts research into medical education and training, widening access and medical careers.

He has previously worked as a Medical Statistician at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh and at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.


  • Ph.D. Public Health, University of Aberdeen Title: ‘A Bayesian approach to epidemiological studies with misclassification in a binary risk factor’, 2005
  • M.Sc. (Distinction) Statistics, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1994
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Mathematics, University of Bristol, 1993

Teaching activities:

Gordon contributes to postgraduate courses on medical statistics and clinical trials (NU4091, NU4092) and to undergraduate medicine (UM2020)


Amiruddin N, Prescott GJ, Coventry DA, Jansen JO. Evaluating service development in critical care: The impact of establishing a medical high dependency unit on intensive care unit workload, case mix, and mortality. The Journal of the Intensive Care Society 2018

Kumwenda B, Cleland JA, Prescott GJ, Walker KA, Johnston PW. Geographical mobility of UK trainee doctors, from family home to first job: a national cohort study. BMC Medical Education 2018; 18:314.

Marks A, Fluck N, Prescott GJ, Robertson L, Simpson WG, Smith WCS, Black C. Looking to the future: Predicting renal replacement outcomes in a large community cohort with chronic kidney disease. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2015; 30(9): 1507-1517.

Prescott GJ, Sharp P, Goatman K, Scotland G, Fleming A, Philip S, Staff R, Santiago C, Borooah S, Broadbent D, Chong V, Dodson P, Harding S, Leese G, Megaw R, Styles C, Swa K, Wharton H, Olson J. Improving the Cost-Effectiveness of Photographic Screening for Diabetic Macular Oedema: A Prospective, Multi-Centre, United Kingdom Study.

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Research Activities

  • Statistical modelling in medicine and health
  • Clinical trials methodology
  • Prognostic modelling and diagnostic testing
  • Large observational cohorts
  • Statistical pedagogy, innovation in teaching and learning
  • Research into medical education


  • COMMITS (Confirming the mechanism of motivational interviewing therapy after stroke: a multi-centre RCT)
  • IMPROVISE (Improving stroke care in India)

External Affiliations

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018
  • NIHR Statisticians’ Group - Career Development Section, 2017   
  • Associate Member of the Centre for Healthcare Education Research and Innovation, 2017
  • Chartered Statistician, 2000: evaluated and renewed, 2015
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2003


Royal Statistical Society 2018 International Conference - Cardiff