Elaine Kidney

Elaine Kidney

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Elaine Kidney is a research fellow with a strong interest in improving public health. She is currently working with the Birmingham and Brunel Consortium External Assessment Centre (Link) providing and critical review evaluation of medical technologies for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Previous work includes evidence synthesis and dissemination around maternal and infant health and primary research with GPs, most recently an evaluation of a pilot of electronic software in general practice to flag up patients with existing but uninvestigated symptoms of colorectal cancer.


  • 2010    Masters in Public Health, University of Birmingham

  • 1998    MSc in Biomedical Science, University of Wolverhampton
  • 1977    BSc Hons in Microbiology, University of Bristol


Elaine initially studied microbiology at Bristol and then worked in the brewing industry in R&D and quality control.

During a career break to bring up children, Elaine was a member of a community Health council, a local councillor, school governor, secretary and line manager for a charity and studied part time for an MSc.

Elaine joined Birmingham University in 2002, working in research within primary care and in evidence synthesis and dissemination in maternity services and gained a masters in public health in 2010.


  • Early detection of colorectal cancer
  • Maternal and infant health
  • Implementing best evidence


Publications and Presentations

Kidney E, Wood S, Berkman S, Hamilton W, Greenfield S, Marshall T.  Barriers to GP referral for early diagnosis of suspected colorectal cancer (SAPC Conference presentation, March 2016, Cardiff)

Kidney, E., Berkman, L., Macherianakis, A., Morton, D., Dowswell, G., Hamilton, W., Ryan, R., Awbery, H., Greenfield, S. & Marshall, T. Preliminary results of a feasibility study of the use of information technology for identification of suspected colorectal cancer in primary care: the CREDIBLE study.   31 Mar 2015 B J Cancer 112, (Suppl), S70-S76  doi:10.1038/bjc.2015.45

Kidney E, Kenyon S, Jolly,K.  Does the level of evidence underpinning NICE recommendations influence adoption into Trust maternity guidelines?  Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition June 2011, 96(Suppl 1), p.Fa75  doi:10.1136/archdischild.2011.300162.1

Kidney E, Winter HR, Khan KS, Gulmezoglu AM, Meads CA, Deeks JJ, MacArthur C. Systematic review of effect of community-level interventions to reduce maternal mortality.  BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2009; 9:2. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-9-2

MacArthur C, Winter H, Kidney E.  Maternal public health.   ph.com, 2007; March:12 (Link)  

Kidney E, MacArthur C, Winter H, Rudge G. Maternity services in the West Midlands, Ch 12 in West Midlands Key Health Data 2006/7; 2007.  (Link)  

Kidney E, Roberts L, Swancutt D and Wilson S, on behalf of the Birmingham Elderly Thyroid Study  and McManus R and Hobbs R, on behalf of  the Midlands Research Practice Consortium Partnership working: the involvement of research networks and practice feedback in primary care research; 2004 UK Federation of Primary Care Networks.

Swancutt D, Roberts L, Kidney E, and Wilson S, Roalfe A, Parle J. Improving the evidence base for older people: can we recruit a representative sample.  2004 UK Federation of Primary Care Networks.