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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 studied sociology at the University of Leicester and completed a PhD in medical sociology at the University of Manchester. He then trained in applied health sciences at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. He works across all elements of applied health services research, using evidence synthesis, qualitative methods and trials with a focus on evaluating complex interventions for people with mental health problems and long term conditions. With partners at the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Environment and Geography department he leads on developing a programme of work on the relationship between the green and blue space and mental and physical health.

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 Athena Swan Self Assessment Team, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination



Pete’s research focuses on understanding ways to improve integration of healthcare for people with multiple mental and physical health problems. It has a twin approach:

  • Using health services research to design and evaluate systems based interventions to enhance treatment of common mental health problems in people with long term conditions
  • Developing public mental health strategies that harness the natural environment to promote physical and mental health.


  • The DIAMONDS programme: Developing and evaluating a diabetes self-management intervention for people with severe mental illness: The DIAMONDS programme (Diabetes and Mental Illness, Improving Outcomes and Self-management). This is a five year NIHR programme grant to develop tailored self-management interventions for people with serious mental illness and diabetes. Knowledge translation work will also ensure the interventions will be generalizable to populations with other long term conditions, such as COPD.

  • The MODS programme: M*ulti-morbidity in *O*lder Adults with *D*epression *S*tudy (MODS) is a NIHR programme grant to develop and evaluate behavioural activation focussed collaborative care for older adults with multiple conditions and low mood or depression.

  • Closing the Gap network: a UK Research and Innovation funded mental health network to understand why people with severe mental illness have some of the worst physical health issues of any section of the population. Pete is co-leading (with Prof Piran White) the Green and Blue Space research theme that aims to investigate how to harness the natural environment to improve physical health and well-being of people with serious mental illness.

  • Effectiveness of multiple risk behaviour interventions in people with severe mental illness. Funded by NIHR HS & DR this 18 month project will systematically review the effectiveness of interventions to promote lifestyle behaviour change in people with serious mental illness.

Recently completed projects

  • Comparison of Active Treatments For Impaired Glucose Regulation: a Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Hitachi collaboration (CATFISH). Funded by Hitachi this trial tested end-user satisfaction and health outcomes of a digital and telephone health coaching intervention for people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.

  • Interventions for Complex Traumatic Events (INCiTE). Funded by NIHR Health Technology and Assessment programme this project systematically reviewed the effectiveness and acceptability of psychological and pharmacological interventions for people with a history of complex traumatic events.


Research group(s)


Pete is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas: public mental health; natural environment and mental and physical multimorbidity; 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 HS & DR Funding Committee

Editorial duties

External Examiner

  • External Examiner for UCL Evidence-Based Healthcare Board of Examiners


Peter Coventry

Contact details

Dr Peter Coventry
Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research

Tel: 01904 32(1528)