After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in Maths, James joined the Cambridgeshire County Council’s IT department as a trainee programmer on the IBM mainframe. He then switched to the booming PC Database development team, and has been programming databases ever since – on Foxpro, Access, SQL Server and Oracle – using a variety of application tools. Projects there included helping develop the County website, developing the internal phone book database & website, and a large financial data warehouse reporting system.
In December 2006, having enjoyed a 15-year tenure at CCC, James joined the Unit as the Data Manager. His work here is varied, but the focus is on designing & building database applications that capture and validate study data, along with keeping that data available and secure for research staff. He also works with the Qualtrics and RedCap platforms for secure data entry & collection.
James is a member of the multi-disciplinary cross-group CPRD@Cambridge team, who focus on using ‘big data’ from GP systems around the country to answer a variety of research questions on disease diagnosis and drug prescribing in primary care. He is also currently a member of the IPCAS TRIAL, SAFER Programme, Optimise HF-pEF Study, iQUIT-IP Trial and PAM Programme teams.
Kassavou, A., Houghton, V., Edwards, S., Brimicombe, J., & Sutton, S. (2019). Development and piloting of a highly tailored digital intervention to support adherence to antihypertensive medications as an adjunct to primary care consultations. BMJ Open, 9(1). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024121
Cassell, A., Edwards, D., Harshfield, A., Rhodes, K., Brimicombe, J., Payne, R., & Griffin, S. (2018). The epidemiology of multimorbidity in primary care: A retrospective cohort study. British Journal of General Practice, 68(669), e245-e251. doi:10.3399/bjgp18X695465
Kassavou, A., Houghton, V., Edwards, S., Brimicombe, J., Wilson, E., Griffin, S., & Sutton, S. (2018). Acceptability of the Medication Adherence for Patients Support intervention to improve adherence to patients prescribed medications for hypertension or comorbidities, as an adjunct to primary care: A qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105318819051
Browne, J., Edwards, D. A., Rhodes, K. M., Brimicombe, D. J., & Payne, R. A. (2017). Association of comorbidity and health service usage among patients with dementia in the UK: A population-based study. BMJ Open, 7(3). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012546
Naughton, F., Jamison, J., Boase, S., Sloan, M., Gilbert, H., Prevost, A. T., . . . Sutton, S. (2014). Randomized controlled trial to assess the short-term effectiveness of tailored web- and text-based facilitation of smoking cessation in primary care (iQuit in Practice). Addiction, 109(7), 1184-1193. doi:10.1111/add.12556
Cox, T. M., Brimicombe, J., Wood, D. F., & Peters, D. K. (2012). The Cambridge Bachelor of Medicine (MB)/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Graduate outcomes of the first MB/PhD programme in the UK. Clinical Medicine, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 12(6), 530-534. doi:10.7861/clinmedicine.12-6-530
Early, F., Wilson, P., Deaton, C., Wellwood, I., Dickerson, T., Ward, J., . . . Fuld, J. (2019). Developing an intervention to increase REferral and uptake to pulmonary REhabilitation in primary care in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the REsTORE study): Mixed methods study protocol. BMJ Open, 9(1). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024806
Diver, R., Quince, T., Barclay, S., Benson, J., Brimicombe, J., Wood, D., & Thiemann, P. (2018). Palliative care in medical practice: Medical students’ expectations. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 8(3), 285-288. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001486
Spathis, A., Hatcher, H., Booth, S., Gibson, F., Stone, P., Abbas, L., . . . Barclay, S. (2017). Cancer-Related Fatigue in Adolescents and Young Adults After Cancer Treatment: Persistent and Poorly Managed. Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology, 6(3), 489-493. doi:10.1089/jayao.2017.0037
Early, F., Wellwood, I., Kuhn, I., Dickerson, T., Ward, J., Brimicombe, J., . . . Fuld, J. (2016). INTERVENTIONS TO INCREASE REFERRAL TO AND UPTAKE OF PULMONARY REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD): A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209333.355
Quince, T. A., Kinnersley, P., Hales, J., Da Silva, A., Moriarty, H., Thiemann, P., . . . Benson, J. (2016). Empathy among undergraduate medical students: A multi-centre cross-sectional comparison of students beginning and approaching the end of their course. BMC Medical Education, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12909-016-0603-7
Guo, V. Y. W., Brage, S., Ekelund, U., Griffin, S. J., Simmons, R. K., Amin, R., . . . Williams, K. (2016). Objectively measured sedentary time, physical activity and kidney function in people with recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort analysis. Diabetic Medicine, 33(9), 1222-1229. doi:10.1111/dme.12886
Naughton, F., Jamison, J., Boase, S., Sloan, M., Gilbert, H., Prevost, A. T., . . . Sutton, S. (2013). Evaluation of a tailored smoking cessation tool in primary care: The iQuit in Practice trial. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 28, 131. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Sutton, S., Smith, S., Jamison, J., Boase, S., Mason, D., Prevost, A. T., . . . Naughton, F. (2013). Study protocol for iQuit in Practice: A randomised controlled trial to assess the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of tailored web- and text-based facilitation of smoking cessation in primary care. BMC Public Health, 13(1). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-324
Jamison, J., Naughton, F., Sloan, M., Evans, R., Brimicombe, J., Boase, S., . . . Sutton, S. (2012). Evaluating a web and text-based smoking cessation intervention in Primary Care. The iQuit in Practice trial. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 27, 232. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Jamison, J., Smith, S., Boase, S., Sutton, S., Gilbert, H., Prevost, T., & Brimicombe, J. (2009). I quit in practice: A tailored web and text intervention for smoking cessation in primary care. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24, 217. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/
Griffin SJ., Simmons RK., Brimicombe, D. J., Williams KM., Prevost AT., Hardeman W., . . . Kinmonth AL. (2011). Protocol for the ADDITION-Plus study: a randomised controlled trial of an individually-tailored behaviour change intervention among people with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes under intensive UK general practice care.. BMC Public Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3076276/