Professor Jamie Coleman MBChB, MA (Med Ed), MD, FCRP (UK), FBPhS

Professor Jamie Coleman

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Director of Physician Associate Studies / MBChB Year 5 Academic Lead
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education

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Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jamie Coleman is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education within the School of Medicine in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. He is currently Deputy Programme Director and Phase 2 Lead of the MBChB programme, Therapeutics Lead for the BDS Dentistry course, and a senior clinical examiner for Year 5 of the MBChB in Medicine and Therapeutics. He is programme lead for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Professionals within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. He also chairs the National Prescribing Skills Assessment Board, is a member of the Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group of the MHRA, is the WMAHSN Clinical Lead for Drug Safety and Medicines Optimisation, is deputy chair of the specialist advisory committee for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the UK, and is associate editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

His research programme covers adverse drug reactions, patient safety, clinical decision support systems and, in particular, electronic prescribing, for which he is nationally recognised. He previously led a multi-method applied health research team investigating information technology and safety, funded by the NIHR Collaborations in Applied Health Research and Social Care (CLAHRC) scheme, and is currently co-principal investigator on an NIHR-funded programme grant investigating the implementation and adoption of hospital electronic prescribing systems in England. Jamie has previously worked on a national basis for the National Programme for Information Technology and now is a clinical lead at UHBFT for electronic prescribing. Much of his research interests revolve around elements of prescribing safety and the analysis of routinely collected prescription data from both primary and secondary care. He supervises a number of PhD, MD and PharmD students within his relevant research areas.

He maintains a strong interest in educational research and works with colleagues in the School of Medicine and the School of Education in the University on several projects in undergraduate medical education and inter-professional learning. Jamie has also been instrumental in the establishment of SCRIPT, a suite of e-learning modules to develop and maintain professional knowledge and competence in prescribing and therapeutics. 


  • MBChB Birmingham 1999
  • Membership to the Royal College of Physicians 2002
  • MD Birmingham 2009
  • MA (Medical Education) 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2014
  • Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society 2014


Jamie Coleman was born and brought up in the West Midlands. He followed his father, who was an alumnus of the University of Birmingham, to study medicine from 1994-1999. Having worked in many of the teaching hospitals in the Birmingham area, Jamie developed an early interest in medical education and started as a personal tutor at the medical school in 2003.

During his registrar training, he was an honorary lecturer in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and became heavily involved in educational development across various years of the MBChB course. From 2003-2008, Jamie completed both his MD and MA in Medical Education simultaneously. He took up an honorary consultant post in late 2008 and then worked for 18 months as a locum consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust before obtaining a competitive HEFCE-funded senior lectureship. He is currently an honorary consultant physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and is one of the leads for their locally-developed hospital electronic prescribing and medication administration system. In 2015, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education at the University of Birmingham.


  • MBChB Deputy Programme Director
  • Year 3 Lead MBChB
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health Professionals Course Director
  • Physicians’ Associates General Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Msc Toxicology (Bio Sciences), MSc Blood Sciences, MSc Genomic Medicine
  • Postgraduate courses in cardiovascular medicine
  • BDS year 3 Therapeutics and Medicine
  • MPharm teacher in Clinical Pharmacology

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD supervisor
  • MD supervisor
  • PharmD supervisor
  • EdD supervisor
  • MPH supervisor


SCRIPT e-learning programme

  • Drug Safety, Adverse Drug Reactions and Medicines Optimisation
  • Patient Safety
  • Hypertension Research
  • Health Informatics and ePrescribing
  • Medical Education

Other activities

  • Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Clinical Lead for Drug Safety and Medicines Optimisation
  • Member of the Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Committee of the MHRA
  • Associate Editor, Postgraduate Medical Journal


Thomas S, Brooks H, Hodson J, Blackwell N, Marriott J, Hughes E, Coleman JJ. SCRIPT eLearning to improve the prescribing competency of Foundation trainee doctors: development, integration into postgraduate training and evaluating its impact. Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. 2015:427-433.

McIlroy G, Thomas S, Coleman JJ. Second-generation antipsychotic drug use in hospital inpatients with dementia: the impact of a safety warning on rates of prescribing. Journal of Public Health. 2014;37(2):346-352. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdu023.

Coleman JJ, Hodson J, Thomas S, Brooks H, Ferner RE. Temporal and other factors that influence the time doctors take to prescribe using an electronic prescribing system. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2015 Jan;22(1):206-12.

Richardson S, Brooks H, Bramley G, Coleman JJ. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Self-Administration of Medication (SAM) Schemes in the Hospital Setting: A Systematic Review of the Literature. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(12):e113912. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113912.

Omer H, Hodson J, Thomas S, Coleman JJ. Multiple Drug Intolerance Syndrome: A Large-Scale Retrospective Study. Drug Saf. 2014;37(12):1037-1045. doi:10.1007/s40264-014-0236-x.

Lee L, Cresswell K, Slee A, Slight S, Coleman JJ, Sheikh A. Using stakeholder perspectives to develop an ePrescribing toolkit for NHS Hospitals: a questionnaire study. JRSM Open. 2014;5(10). doi:10.1177/2054270414551658.

Cresswell K, Bates D, Williams R, Morrison Z, Slee A, Coleman JJ, Robertson A, et al. Evaluation of medium-term consequences of implementing commercial computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support prescribing systems in two 'early adopter' hospitals. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2014;21(e2):e194-e202. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2013-002252.

Nwulu U, Brooks H, Richardson SJ, McFarland L, Coleman JJ. Electronic risk assessment for venous thromboembolism: investigating physicians' rationale for bypassing clinical decision support recommendations. BMJ Open. 2014;4(9):e005647-e005647. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005647.

Lilford R, Girling A, Sheikh A, Coleman JJ, Chilton PJ, Burn SL, Jenkinson DJ, et al. Protocol for evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of ePrescribing systems and candidate prototype for other related health information technologies. BMC Health Services Research. 2014;14(1):314. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-14-314.

Brooks H, Hodson J, Richardson SJ, Stezhka L, Gill M, Coleman JJ. Improving the timeliness of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus antimicrobial decolonization therapy administration: a descriptive account. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2014;86(3):209-215. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2014.01.004.

Torlinska B, Coleman Jj, Afzal M, Franklyn J, Boelaert K. Frequency of biochemical thyroid dysfunction in hospitalised patients: analysis of 280 000 admissions to a large centre. Endocrine Abstracts. 2014. doi:10.1530/endoabs.34.p429.

Coleman JJ. Drugs and the Elderly. Mann's Pharmacovigilance. 2014:639-658.

Pankhurst T, Mani D, Ray D, Jham S, Borrows R, Coleman JJ, Rosser D, Ball S. Acute Kidney Injury following Unselected Emergency Admission: Role of the Inflammatory Response, Medication and Co-Morbidity. Nephron Clinical Practice. 2014;126(1):81-89. doi:10.1159/000357845.

Cresswell K, Coleman JJ, Slee A, Morrison Z, Sheikh A. A toolkit to support the implementation of electronic prescribing systems into UK hospitals: preliminary recommendations.Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2013;107(1):8-13. doi:10.1177/0141076813502955.

Coleman JJ, van der Sijs H, Haefeli W et al. Correction: On the alert: future priorities for alerts in clinical decision support for computerized physician order entry identified from a European workshop. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013;13(1):122. doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-122.

Coleman JJ, Hodson J, Brooks H, Rosser D. Missed medication doses in hospitalised patients: a descriptive account of quality improvement measures and time series analysis. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2013;25(5):564-572. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzt044.

Torlinska B, Coleman JJ, Afzal M, Franklyn J, Boelaert K. Factors prompting thyroid function testing in hospitalised patients with thyroid dysfunction: analysis of a large hospital database. Endocrine Abstracts. 2013:1-1. doi:10.1530/endoabs.31.p359.

McDowell S, Thomas S, Coleman JJ, Aronson J, Ferner RE. A practical guide to monitoring for adverse drug reactions during antihypertensive drug therapy. JRSM. 2013;106(3):87-95. doi:10.1258/jrsm.2012.120137.

Cox AR, Anton C, Thomas S, Coleman JJ, Ferner RE. The Effect of an eLearning Module on Junior Doctors' Knowledge of Adverse Drug Reactions. Drug Safety. 2013;36(9):886.

Richardson SJ, Thomas S, McDowell S, Hodson J, Afzal M, Coleman JJ. PP046—Medication self-administration in hospitalised patients: An evaluation using data from an electronic prescribing and medication administration system. Clinical Therapeutics. 2013;35(8):e32. doi:10.1016/j.clinthera.2013.07.077.

Cresswell K, Coleman JJ, Slee A, Williams R, Sheikh A. Investigating and Learning Lessons from Early Experiences of Implementing ePrescribing Systems into NHS Hospitals: A Questionnaire Study. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(1):e53369. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053369.

Coleman JJ. Electronic solutions to safer hospital prescribing. Clinical Therapeutics. 2013;35(8):e114. doi:10.1016/j.clinthera.2013.07.351.

Coleman JJ, Hodson J, Ferner RE. Deriving dose limits for warnings in electronic prescribing systems: statistical analysis of prescription data at University Hospital Birmingham, UK. Drug Safety. 2012;35(4):291-8.

Coleman JJ, McDowell SE, Ferner RE. Dose omissions in hospitalized patients in a UK hospital: an analysis of the relative contribution of adverse drug reactions. Drug Safety. 2012;35(8):677-83.

Nirantharakumar K, Marshall T, Kennedy A, Narendran P, Hemming K, Coleman JJ. Hypoglycaemia is associated with increased length of stay and mortality in people with diabetes who are hospitalized.  Diabetic Medicine. 2012. doi: 10.1111/dme.12002. (ePublished ahead of print)

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