Mr Thomas Keeley

Research Fellow

Primary Care Clinical Sciences


Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham


Thomas is a research fellow on the PARTNERS2 project aimed at developing a system of collaborative care for people with severe mental illness.  Within this project his focus is on the development of a core outcome set for use in mental health trials involving people with schizophrenia or bipolar in a community based setting.


  • PhD candidate in Health Economics and Health Policy (awaiting viva)
  • MSc in health Economics and health Policy, 2011 – merit
  • PGDip in Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health, 2009
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, 2006 – 1st Class hons


In 2009 Thomas took the decision to follow a career in academia.  He successfully applied for an MRC PhD Scholarship and spent four years researching the validity and responsiveness of a new quality of life measure, while based in the Midlands Hub for Trials Methodology Research.  In May 2014 he joined the PARTNERS2 team as a research fellow.  Away from academia Thomas enjoys endurance sports such as distance running and open water swimming - he once ran 3 marathons in 3 days for charity (and is not doing it again!).

Postgraduate supervision

Thomas has no prosgraduate supervision responsibilities, but is interested in supervision opportunities in the area of outcomes and quality of life measurement.


Thomas is currently a research fellow for the NIHR funded PARTNERS2 programme.


Keeley T, Khan H, Pinfold V, Williamson P, Mathers J, Davies L, Sayers R, England E, Reilly S, Byng R, Gask L, Clark M, Huxley P, Lewis P, Birchwood M, Calvert M.  (2015).  Core outcome sets for use in effectiveness trials involving people with bipolar and schizophrenia in a community-based setting (PARTNERS2): study protocol for the development of two core outcome sets. Trials. 16:47. 

Keeley T, Al-Janabi H, Nicholls E, Foster N.E, Jowett S, Coast J.  (2015) A longitudinal assessment of the responsiveness of the ICECAP-A in a randomised controlled trial of a knee pain intervention.  Quality of Life Research.  (In Press)

Keeley T, Al-Janabi H, Lorgelly P, Coast J.  (2013)  A qualitative assessment of the content validity of the ICECAP-A and EQ-5D-5L and their appropriateness for use in health research.  PlosOne.  8;12.

Kyte DG, Ives J, Draper H, Keeley T, Calvert M.  (2013)  Inconsistencies in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) data collection in clinical trials – a potential source of bias?  Interviews with research nurses and trialists.  PlosOne. 8;10.

Al-Janabi H, Keeley T, Mitchell P, Coast J. (2013)  Can capabilities be self-reported? A think aloud study.  Social Science and Medicine. 87.

Keeley T, Al-Janabi H, Lorgelly P, Coast J.  (2013)  A qualitative assessment of the content and face validity of the EQ-5D-5L and ICECAP-A.  Paper for the Health Economists’ Study Group meeting, Exeter, January 2013.

Kirkby H, Calvert M, Draper H, Keeley T, Wilson S. (2012) What potential research participants want to know about research: a systematic review. BMJ Open, Ethics.

Al-Janabi H, Keeley T, Mitchell P, Coast J. (2011)  Completion of self-report health and capability measures: a think-aloud study. Paper for Health Economists’ Study Group meeting, Bangor, June 2011.

Keeley T & Fox K. (2009) The impact of physical activity and fitness on academic achievement and cognitive performance in Children. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 2;2.

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