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Debbie Sykes
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)



Debbie started working at York Trials Unit in April 2018. She has recently completed a PhD Medical Sciences at the Hull York Medical School. Debbie has previously worked for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as a Trial Coordinator in York and also in Oxford for the NIHR’s Dementia and Neurological Diseases Network. 


  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences 1st Class
  • PhD Medical Sciences

Departmental roles

  • Trial Coordinator



Debbie’s current research interests are in dementia, medication management and older people. Her PhD is looking at managing medications and potentially inappropriate prescribing for people with dementia.


Research group(s)


Full publications list

  • Hukins, D, Macleod, U & Boland, JW 2019, 'Identifying potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people with dementia: a systematic review', European journal of clinical pharmacology
  • Chapman S, Horne R, Chater A, Hukins D, Smithson WH (2014) Patients’ perspectives on antiepileptic medication: relationships between beliefs about medicines and adherence among patients with epilepsy in UK primary care. Epilepsy and Behaviour; 31: 312-320
  • Smithson WH, Hukins D, Buelow JM, Allgar V, Dickson J (2013) Adherence to medications and self-management of epilepsy: a community-based study. Epilepsy and Behaviour; 26 (1): 109-113
  • Smithson WH, Hukins D, Colwell B, Mathers N (2012) Developing a method to identify medicines non-adherence in a community sample of adults with epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behaviour; 24 (1): 49-53
  • Smithson WH, Hukins D (2008) Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of epilepsy care in general practice – a case note review. Primary Healthcare Research and Development; 9(4): 291-298.
  • Smithson WH, Hukins D, Jones L (2006) How general practice can improve care of people with neurological conditions: a qualitative study. Primary Healthcare Research and Development; 7(3): 201-210.

Debbie Hukins

Contact details

Debbie Sykes
Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)

Tel: 01904 32(1083)