Peter Coventry
Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research



Dr Peter Coventry is a senior lecturer in health services research with the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) at the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences. He holds a joint appointment with the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

Peter has a background in sociology and applied health sciences. Between 2005-2009 he held a Medical Research Council Special Training Fellowship in health services research during which he developed research interests in mental health in respiratory disease. His research focuses on evidence synthesis and trials of complex interventions for people with common mental health conditions and long term physical conditions, such as diabetes and COPD.

He led a large pragmatic trial (COINCIDE) in the UK to test collaborative care for people with depression and multimorbidity and is currently collaborating with industry to test a novel digital health platform to support patient activation in people with diabetes.

Peter is also an active collaborator with the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders group.


  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Leicester, 1994
  • MA (Econ) Social Anthropology of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester, 1996
  • PhD Sociology &history of medicine, University of Manchester, 2001
  • MSc (Distinction) Health Services Research, University of Sheffield, 2006

Departmental roles

  • Chair Dissertation Development Committee

University roles

  • Chair of the Staff Training and Development Group, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
  • Chair of Athena Swan Self Assessment Team, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination



Pete is a health services researcher with interests in understanding how best to improve mental and physical health in people with mental-physical multimorbidity. He led the COINCIDE trial that tested integrated collaborative care for treating depression in people with diabetes/heart disease. Pete also uses meta-analysis and meta-synthesis to inform his thinking about future trials in behavioural and social medicine and is generally interested in developing evidence synthesis in mental health services research. He is also an active qualitative researcher with interests in using process evaluations in trials.


  • Comparison of Active Treatments For Impaired Glucose Regulation: a Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Hitachi collaboration (CATFISH). (Funder: Hitachi Europe; Role: Principle Investigator)
  • Patient Self Management – COPD. (Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research; Role: Co-investigator and site lead)
  • Characteristics of patient populations that determine the effectiveness of collaborative care interventions for depression: individual participant data meta-analysis. (Funder: NIHR School for Primary Care Research; Role: Principle Investigator).
  • Collaborative case management to aid return to work after long term sickness absence: a pilot randomised controlled trial (CAMEOS). (Funder: NIHR Public Health Research; Role: Co-investigator)
  • Comprehensive Longitudinal Assessment of Salford Integrated Care (CLASSIC): a study of the implementation and effectiveness of a new model of care for long-term conditions. (Funder: NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research; Role: Co-investigator).
  • Interventions for Complex Traumatic Events (INCiTE). (Funder: NIHR Health Technology Assessment; Role: Principal Investigator).

Research group(s)


Pete is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas: mental and physical multimorbidity; common mental health problems; psychosocial treatment and primary care mental health; evidence synthesis; qualitative research; pilot and feasibility trials.


Full publications list



Peter is able to supervise Masters projects with a broad focus on managing common mental health problems and physical comorbidity. Specific areas of interest include psychological therapies (e.g. behavioural interventions) and social and environmental interventions (e.g. social prescribing; green and urban space). Favoured approaches for Masters projects are systematic reviews (both quantitative and qualitative) or other forms of literature reviews such as scoping reviews.  

External activities


  • NIHR HTA General Funding Committee
  • NIHR HS & DR Funding Committee

Editorial duties


Contact details

Dr Peter Coventry
Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research

Tel: 01904 32(1528)