Dr Carole Cummins PhD, MSc BA

Institute of Applied Health Research
Senior lecturer

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 8731
+44 (0)121 333 8715
90 Vincent Drive, Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Carole Cummins is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Applied Health Research. 

Her current research includes paediatric clinical trials, health services research focussed on children’s healthcare as part of the NIHR Birmingham and Black Country Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and paediatric epidemiology studies.


  • PhD Medicine 1996
  • MSc Social Research and Social Policy 1982
  • BA Politics, Philosphy and Economics 1979


Carole Cummins obtained a BA in Politics, Philosphy and Economics from Oxford University in 1979, later followed by a MSC in Social Research and Social Policy in 1982. In 1996 she was awarded a Phd by the University of Birmingham. She has worked in Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatics at Birmingham University and as an epidemiologist in the NHS, and has strong links with Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Postgraduate supervision

Carole is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

Paediatric epidemiological and intervention studies

Service delivery research, particularly using mixed methods

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Carole on the contact deatils above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   



Paediatric clinical trials, Health services research, Health technology assessment, Paediatric epidemiology


PLACES project, NIHR Birmingham and Black Country Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

Carole is the academic lead for this mixed methods project evaluating innovative ways of delivering paediatric care for children and young people. This includes evaluation of innovations at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including location of outpatient clinics in the community. The project brings together quantitative methods (analysis of routinely collected data, surveys) and qualitative methods exploring stakeholder patient and parent perspectives. An associated project funded by Heart of England Primary Care Trust is using qualitative research with children, young people and parents to develop an educational intervention to prevent asthma admissions tailored to the needs of the diverse local population.

MATCH - Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare

Carole is also currently working with Professor Richard Lilford on the EPSRC MATCH collaboration. Birmingham University’s contribution to the collaboration focuses on the early stage economic assessment of medical devices.

Paediatric clinical trials

She has a long standing interest in clinical trials, particularly in children, including trials in nephrotic syndrome and Crohn’s disease patients and of constraint therapy in hemiplegia. She is an investigator of the NIHR HTA funded PredNos trial of different steroid regimes in nephrotic syndrome.

Paediatric epidemiology

Her interests here include both observation studies and clinical epidemiology. Current interests include: Surveillance and cohort studies of demyelination in childhood and adolescence, adverse effects of therapy and longer term prognosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the use of MRS biomarkers in diagnosis and prognosis of childhood brain tumours.

Other activities

  • Head of R and D, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust


Absoud M, Parslow R, Wassmer E, Hemingway C, Duncan H, Cummins C, et al. Severe acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: a paediatric intensive care population-based study. Mult Scler 2010 Sep 27.

Absoud M, Cummins C, Desai N, Gika A, McSweeney N, Munot P, et al. Childhood optic neuritis clinical features and outcome. Arch Dis Child 2010 Jun 16.

Southwood TR, Foster HE, Davidson JE, Hyrich KL, Cotter CB, Wedderburn LR, ...Cummins \Cl. Duration of etanercept treatment and reasons for discontinuation in a cohort of juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2010 Nov 3.

Narula P, Porter L, Langton J, Rao V, Davies P, Cummins C, et al. Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children With Type 1 Diabetes Screened for Celiac Disease. Pediatrics 2009 Sep 1;124(3):e489-e495. 

D Wang, C Cummins, S Bayliss, J Sandercock, A Burls Immunoprophylaxis against RSV with palivizumab in children:  A systematic review and economic evaluation.  Health Technology Assessment.  2008 Dec;12(36):iii, ix-x, 1-86.

Connock M, Frew E, Evans BW, Bryan S, Cummins C, Fry-Smith A, Li Wan Po A, and Sandercock J. The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of newer drugs for children with epilepsy. A systematic review. Health. Technol. Assess. 2006 Mar;10(7):1-134.

Barnett K., Harrison C., Newman F., Bentley C., Cummins C.  A randomised study of the impact of different styles of patient information leaflets for randomised controlled trials on children’s understanding.  Archives of Disease in Childhood 2005; 90(4).

Dretzke J. Cummins C. Sandercock J. Fry-Smith A. Barrett T. Burls A. Autoantibody testing in children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus. Health Techno Assess 8(22):iii-xi, 1-183, 2004 Jun.