Dr Nicholas Hicks

Dr Nicholas Hicks FRCP FRCGP FFPH

Nick is a Founder and the Chief Executive of Cobic. He founded Cobic to provide advice and practical support to health and care economies that want to become more outcomes- and value-based in their approach. Nick’s career has included time as a practising GP, a hospital doctor, a PCT chief executive, a Director of Public Health, a public health consultant, a policy advisor to Government and a health services researcher. He has had several attachments in the Department of Health including in its strategy unit where he worked closely with the Secretary of State and other Ministers.

Nick qualified as a Doctor in 1982 and trained in general practice and public health. He has held clinical and academic posts in Bath, Bristol and Oxford. He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship, which he held at the Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California.

From 1998 to 2002 he was seconded from the NHS to the Department of Health where he wrote much of the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework and, as a founding member of the small ministerial Strategy Unit, worked closely with ministers on a wide range of issues including the NHS Plan. He has published extensively with his areas of professional interest including value-based care, the use of evidence in policy making, outcome and quality measurement, coronary heart disease and health inequalities.


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