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About Prof John Alcolado

As Executive Dean of Medicine, John is working to lead and develop Chester Medical School with the aim of establishing innovative programmes of study that will culminate in the award of MBBCh degrees and Primary Medical Qualifications recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC). John has held positions in a range of UK medical schools including Nottingham, Queen Mary University of London (Barts & The London), Cardiff, and Birmingham.   particularly interested in multi-professional education including emerging roles such as Physician Associates and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. 

Much of his time is spent fostering collaborative links with stakeholders including the NHS, regulators, national organisations, students and the local population.

John chairs and sits on Fitness to Practice hearings of the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service and has extensive experience on governance and quality processes.  John remains clinically active in his specialist area of endocrinology, diabetes and acute medicine.


John's focus is on the leadership and management of teaching within Chester Medical School.  In addition, he continues to deliver direct teaching in the areas of clinical medicine, clinical skills, ethics, professionalism and biomedical sciences (in particular homeostasis, basic physiology, and diabetes/endocrinology).


John's research background encompasses clinical trials, basic research into the mechanisms of diabetes mellitus, and medical education.

Published Work

How to run a large group teaching session.  Alcolado JC.  British J Hosp Med 2018;2:79(3):46-7

How the run a bedside teaching session.  Alcolado JC.  British J Hosp Med 2018;2:79(2):30-32 

The Rose Review of NHS Leadership: Better leadership for tomorrow. Alcolado JC.  British Journal of hospital Medicine. 2015;76:496-7

Surveys of postgraduate medical training in UK.  Alcolado JC. British Journal of Hospital Medicine.  2014;75(12);6-7

Medical handover across shifts within a 5-day-working model: results from an electronic handover system in an acute NHS Trust.  Choudhury A, Shah S, Selvaraj E, Haines RA, Keder P, Thompson S, Mazhar K, Reddiar R, Sanhu S, John R, Alcolado J.  Future Hospitals Journal 2014;1:88-97

Statutory and Mandatory Training for doctors in the NHS. Barlas A, Patel K, Gavey J, Alcolado JC.  British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2014;75(4):186-187

Post-traumatic stress disorder and needlestick injuries in postgraduate medical trainees.  Reza H, Alcolado JC.  Occupational Medicine 2013;63:260-265

Medical Student led alcohol education to High School students.  The MEDALC Programme.  Alcolado R, Alcolado JC.  Clinical Medicine 2011;11(5):443-447

Diabetes secondary to exocrine pancreatic diabetes; A review of hospital-based patients.  Price SA, Cole D, Alcolado JC. Quarterly Journal of Medicine.  Quarterly Journal of Medicine 2010;103:759-763

Potential flaws and bias in a randomised controlled trial of insulin determir Vs insulin glargine.  Alcolado J, Poole CD, Peters R, Currie CT.  Diabetic Medicine 2008;25:1:115-116

Research or Audit?  Ethical approval for medical student clinical projects. Alcolado J, Bennett R. Medical Education 2006;40:491

Intrauterine environment and later disease development:  infertility treatment and the risk of diabetes in offspring. Alcolado JC. Medical Hypotheses 2006;66:1133-1136

Animal models of diabetes mellitus.  Rees DA. Alcolado JC. Diabetic Medicine; 2005; 22:359-70

Academic Freedom: Funding will set you free.  Commentary.  Alcolado JC. British Medical Journal 2004:7469:797

Inheritance of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, genes or intrauterine environment; An embryo transfer paradigm.  Gill-Randall RJ, Adams D, Lewis M, Ollerton RL, Alcolado JC.  Diabetologia 2004;47:1354-1359

Is human Type 2 diabetes maternally inherited?  Insights from an animal model.  Gill-Randall RG, Adams D, Ollerton RL, Alcolado JC.  Diabetic Medicine 2004;21:759-762.

Dumbing down of medical education; trends in number of undergraduates awarded their degrees with Honours.  Alcolado JC. Clinical Medicine 2004;4:381-383

 Death of the teaching autopsy: hospital and coroners’ postmortem examinations are different, not least in payment.  Alcolado JC.  British Medical Journal 2004;328:165

Current methods of transfer of young people with type 1 diabetes to adult services.  Channon S, Smith V, Alcolado J, Gregory JW.  Diabetic Medicine 2003;20:1034

Examination of the Hands: An insight into the health of a Welsh population.  White HA, Alcolado R, Alcolado JC.  Postgraduate Medical Journal 2003:79:588-9

Maternal transmission of diabetes.  Alcolado JC, Laji K, Gill-Randall R.  Diabetic Medicine 2002;19:89-98

Viberti G, Wheeldon NM, The Microalbuminuria Reduction with Valsartan (MARVAL) Study Investigators (including Alcolado JC).  Microalbuminuria reduction with Valsartan in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus.  A blood pressure-independent effect. Circulation 2002:106:672-678.

Analysis of a heteroplasmic polycytosine tract and heteroplasmic length variation in the mtDNA loop of patients with diabetes, MELAS syndrome and race-matched controls.  Gill-Randall R, Sherratt EJ, Evans L, Gagg JW, Alcolado JC.  Diabetic Medicine 2001;18:413-416

Identification of mtDNA mutation in a pedigree with gestational diabetes, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and placenta accreta.  Aggarwal P, Gagg JW, Wheatley T, Buchalter MB, Metcalfe J, Alcolado JC.  Human Heredity 2001:51:114-116

The HOPE Study and Diabetes. Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation.  Lewis V, Kloer P, Prasad N, Alcolado JC.  Lancet 2000; 355:1182

Nurse Practitioners and the future of General Practice.  Alcolado JC.  British Medical Journal 2000; 320:1084



ABC of Healthcare Regulation.  Chapter: Regulation of Medical Practitioners in the UK.Cooper N, Frain J (Editors).  In press 2017

Extended Match Questions for Finals. Second Edition. Alcolado JC, Mir MA, 2007.  Published by Harcourt, London.

Extended Match Questions for Finals.  Alcolado JC, Mir MA, 2001.  Published by Harcourt, London. ISBN 0-443-07086-5



BM Hons (Southampton), MRCP(UK- London), DM (Southampton), Cert CST UK, FRCP, PGCE ME (London).