Dr Joht Singh Chandan PhD MFPH MBBS FHEA BSc

Dr Joht Singh Chandan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chandan is an Academic Clinical Fellow on the West Midlands public health registrar training scheme. He is based at both the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham. His primary research focuses on a public health approach to abuse and violence. He has expertise in population health data science, data linkage and medical education. Joht completed doctoral work focussed on the outcomes of individuals who have suffered child maltreatment and domestic abuse. In the topic he has numerous high impact factor publications in a variety of fields which have been disseminated on BBC news, Sky News and the other leading news outlets. Joht is also member of HDRUK and is the Midlands theme lead for mental health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joht has highlighted the need for the introduction of a public health approach to tackling domestic abuse and childhood maltreatment. This includes factors such as research into finding what works to support survivors of abuse and maltreatment as well as methods to improve surveillance in the context of domestic violence and child maltreatment. His research has shown that victims of domestic abuse are nearly three times more likely to suffer from mental ill health during their lifetime, and have above-average rates of diabetes, heart disease and death. All of which could be exacerbated during the pandemic lockdown. The findings of his published work have been highlighted in the House of Commons and Lords during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • PhD in Public Health, University of Birmingham, 2020
  • FHEA Fellowship of Higher Education Authority, 2019
  • MFPH Faculty of Public Health, 2018,
  • MBBS in Medicine, University College London, 2016
  • BSc in Medical Sciences with Primary Health Care, University College London, 2013


Dr Chandan is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health. Working for many years as a voluntary police officer has fuelled his interest in the combined fields of police and medical research. His part time hobby working with technology and programming has led to him creating mobile applications for learning and has provided the basis for his knowledge on programming for large datasets which he uses for his postdoctoral research.


Master's in Public Health  University of Birmingham - PEAS and HiHi modules

Doctoral research

PhD title
The health effects of childhood maltreatment and domestic abuse Completed: 2020 Supervisors:
Dr Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar
Professor Julie Taylor
Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay


Other activities

  • Special detective constable, West Midlands Police (Voluntary)
  • Council representative, Royal Society of Medicine Clinical Forensic & Legal section
  • Co-founder and director, Medmerise Ltd
  • Editorial assistant, MedShr
  • Health data research UK theme lead for Mental health in HDRUKMidlands


An up to date publication list can be found on: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=chandan+js

Fox J, Khan O, Curtis H, Wright A, Pal C, Cockburn N, Cooper J, Chandan JS, Nirantharakumar K. Rapid translation of clinical guidelines into executable knowledge: a case study of COVID-19 and on-line demonstration Learning Health Systems 2020

Thomas L, Kolenysk A, Melson E, Johnson A, Chandan JS, Ghosh S, Narendran P, Kempegowda P. Retrospective validation of Digital Evaluation of Ketosis and Other Diabetes Emergencies (DEKODE) algorithm: automated auditing system for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) management. Future Healthcare Journal 2020 

Chandan JS, Keerthy D, Okoth KO, Gokhale KM, Raza K, Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J, Nirantharakumar K. The association between exposure to childhood maltreatment and the subsequent development of functional somatic and visceral pain syndromes. eClinicalMedicine 2020 

Chandan JS, Gokhale KM, Bradbury-Jones C, Nirantharakumar K, Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J. An exploration of trends in the incidence and prevalence of childhood maltreatment and domestic abuse recording in UK primary care: a retrospective cohort study using ‘The Health Improvement Network’ database. BMJ Open 2020 

Chandan JS, Taylor J, Bradbury-Jones C, Nirantharakumar K, Kane E, Bandyopadhyay S. COVID-19: a public health approach to manage domestic violence is needed. Lancet Public Health 2020 

Chandan JS, Okoth KO, Gokhale KM, Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J, Nirantharakumar K. Increased cardiometabolic and mortality risk following childhood maltreatment in the United Kingdom. Journal of American Heart Association 2020 

Thomas T*, Chandan JS*, Verma AM, Cockwell P, Vaux E, Bhala N. COVID-19 guidance in chronic diseases: a need to reach across the borders of the traditional medical specialities Frontline Gastroenterology 2020

James SL, Castle CD… Chandan JS…, Vos T. Global injury morbidity and mortality from 1990 to 2017: results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 BMJ Injury Prevention 2020

King D, Reulen R, Thomas T, Chandan JS, Thayakaran R, Subramanian A, Gokhale K, Bhala N, Nirantharakumar K, Adderley N, Trudgill NJ. Changing patterns in the epidemiology and outcomes of inflammatory bowel disease in the United Kingdom: 2000-2018 Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapy 2020

Kempegowda P, Quinn L, Chandan JS, Shepherd L, Kauser S, Rahim A, Bates A. Long term testosterone undecanoate replacement therapy: impact of ethnicity Clinical Endocrinology 2019 

Chandan JS, Hughes N, Thomas T, Nirantharakumar K, Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J. Exploration of a novel preventative policing approach to adverse childhood experiences. Child Abuse Review 2020

Thomas T*, Chandan JS*, Subramanian A, Gokhale K, Gkoutus G, Harper L, Buckley C, Chandratre P, Raza K, Situnayake D, Nirantharakumar K. Epidemiology, morbidity and mortality in Behçet’s disease: a cohort study using the Health Improvement Network (THIN) Rheumatology 2020 

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Bradbury-Jones C, Taylor J, Bandyopadhyay S, Nirantharakumar K. Risk of Cardiometabolic disease and all-cause mortality in female survivors of domestic abuse. Journal of American Heart Association 2020

Zochios V, Chandan JS, Schultz MJ, Morris AC, Parhar KK, Giménez-Milà M, Gerrard C, Vuylsteke A, Klein AA. The effects of escalation of respiratory support and prolonged invasive ventilation on outcomes of cardiac surgical patients: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia 2019

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Bradbury-Jones C, Taylor J, Bandyopadhyay S, Nirantharakumar K. Intimate partner violence and the risk of developing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2019

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Gokhale KM, Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J, Nirantharakumar K. The burden of mental illness associated with child maltreatment in the United Kingdom. Lancet Psychiatry 2019 

Thomas T*, Chandan JS*, Li SW, Lai CY, Tang W, Bhala N, Kaplan GG, Ng SC, Ghosh S. Global Smoking Trends in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review of Inception Cohorts. PLOS One 2019 

Zochios V, Chandan JS, Babu A, Singh H. Prophylaxis for postoperative atrial fibrillation: A quality initiative study exploring adherence to NICE guidance in a UK tertiary cardiothoracic intensive care unit. Journal of Intensive Care Society 2019 

Šumilo D, Nirantharakumar K, Willis B, Rudge G, Martin J, Gokhale K, Thayakaran R, Adderley N, Chandan JS, Okoth K, Hewston R, Skrybrant M, Deeks J, Brocklehurst P. Long term impact of giving antibiotics before skin incision versus cord clamping on children born by caesarean section: protocol for a longitudinal study based on UK electronic health records BMJ Open 2019

Kempegowda P, Chandan JS, Coombs B, De Bray A, Jawahar N, James S, Ghosh S, Narendran P. Regular performance feedback may be key to maintain good quality DKA management: Results from a five-year study. BMJ Open Diabetes research & Care 2019

Reeves K, Chandan JS, Bandyopadhyay S. Using statistical modelling to analyse risk factors for severe and fatal road accidents.International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 2019 

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Bradbury-Jones C, Russell R, Bandyopadhyay S, Nirantharakumar K, Taylor J. Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety and Serious Mental Illness. British Journal of Psychiatry 2019 

Harvey PR, Thomas T, Chandan JS, Bhala N, Nirantharakumar K, Trudgill NJ. Outcomes following feeding gastrostomy (FG) insertion in patients with learning disability: a retrospective cohort study using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. BMJ Open 2019 

Mittal A, Hassan ME, Chandan JS, Wang J, Willis BH, Nirantharakumar K, Subramonian K. Cancer as a risk factor for urinary tract calculi: a retrospective open cohort study using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database of UK primary care records. Urolithiasis 2019

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Raza K, Bandyopadhyay S, Nirantharakumar K, Taylor J. Association between Child Maltreatment and Central Sensitivity Syndromes: A Systematic Review Protocol. BMJ Open 2019

Zochios V, Chandan JS, Eimhim D, Sherwin J, Torlinski T. Adherence to least injurious tidal volume ventilation in thoracic trauma: a tertiary trauma centre retrospective cohort analysis. Journal of Intensive Care Society 2019

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Bradbury-Jones C, Taylor J, Nirantharakumar K, Bandyopadhyay S. Intimate partner violence and temporomandibular joint disorder. Journal of Dentistry 2019

Kempegowda P, Chandan JS, Abdulrahman S, Chauhan A, Saeed MA. Managing Hypertension in an Afro-Caribbean Population with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Evaluation of adherence to NICE guidelines. Primary Care Diabetes 2019 

Thomas T *, Chandan JS*, Harvey PR, Bhala N, Ghosh S, Nirantharakumar K, Trudgill NJ. The risk of inflammatory bowel disease in subjects presenting with perianal abscess: findings from the THIN database. Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis 2019

Thomas T, Chandan JS, Bhala N. Unmet needs in end-of-life care for chronic liver disease. Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2019

Kempegowda P, Chandan JS, Hutton R, Brown L, Madden W, Webb J, Doyle A, Treml J. Focused educational intervention improves but may not sustain knowledge regarding falls management. BMJ Open Quality 2018

Chase TJG, Julius A, Chandan JS, Powell E, Hall CS, Phillips BL, Burnett R, Gill D, Fernando B. Mobile learning in medicine: an evaluation of attitudes and behaviours of medical students. BMC Medical Education 2018

Harvey PR, Thomas T, Chandan JS, Mytton J, Coupland B, Bhala N, Evison F, Patel P, Nirantharakumar K, Trudgill NJ. Incidence, morbidity and mortality of patients with achalasia in England: findings from a study of nationwide hospital and primary care data. Gut 2018

Randhawa RS, Chandan JS, Thomas T, Singh S. An exploration of the attitudes and views of general practitioners on the use of video consultations in a primary healthcare setting: a qualitative pilot study. Primary Health Care Research Development 2018

Kempegowda P, Livesey AC, McFarlane-Majeed L, Chandan JS, Smyth T, Stewart M, Blackwood K, McMahon M, Melapatte AV, Salahuddin S, Webber J, Ghosh S. Are they high on steroids? Tailored interventions help improve screening for steroid-induced hyperglycaemia in hospitalised patients. BMJ Open Quality 2018

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Lee S, Marshall T, Willis B, Nirantharakumar K, Gill P. The association between idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and cardiovascular disease: a retrospective cohort study.  Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2018 

Yeung V, Chandan JS. The Impact of Diabetes on Treatment in General Dental Practice. Dental Update 2018

Raindi D, Chandan JS. Implantable Cardiac Devices in Dentistry: A review. Dental Health 2017

Chandan JS, Randhawa RS, Thomas T. Oral health: Asthma and oral candidiasis. British Dental Journal 2017

Taqi HA, Aldiwani MAS, Chandan JS, Singh R. The overlooked association between hypertension and psoriasis. British Journal of General Practice 2017

Kempegowda P, Coombs B, Nightingale P, Chandan JS, Al-Sheikhli J, Shyamanur B, Theivendran K, Melapatte AV, Salanke U, Akber M, Ghosh S, Narendran P. Regular and frequent feedback of specific clinical criteria delivers a sustained improvement in the management of diabetic ketoacidosis. Clinical Medicine 2017

Randhawa RS, Chandan JS, Thomas T. Oral health: Dental neglect on wards. British Dental Journal 2017

Rothnie KJ, Chandan JS, Goss HG, Müllerová H, Quint JK. Validity and interpretation of spirometric recordings to diagnose COPD in UK primary care. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2017

Chandan JS, Thomas T. Inflammatory bowel disease on oral health. British Dental Journal 2017 

Chandan JS, Collins S, Thomas T. Patient support: High-risk behaviour. British Dental Journal 2017

Raindi D, Chandan JS. Patient safety: Cardiac devices. British Dental Journal 2017

Chandan JS, Thomas T, Baryah HS. Anticoagulants: Updates on idarucizumab. British Dental Journal 2017

Thomas T, Chandan JS. Multidisciplinary management: Inflammatory bowel disease. British Dental Journal 2017

Rothnie KJ, Müllerová H, Thomas SL, Chandan JS, Smeeth L, Hurst JR, Davis K, Quint JK. Recording of hospitalizations for acute exacerbations of COPD in UK electronic health care records. Clinical Epidemiology 2016

Chandan JS, Meakin R. Do special constables in London feel that they are adequately prepared to meet their first aid responsibilities? A qualitative study. BMJ Open 2016