Professor Derek Tuffnell

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and lead obstetrician for research

Derek is lead obstetrician for research in the Maternity Unit. He is a member of the Executive board of the cohort study ‘Born in Bradford’. Derek is a MBRRACE Collaborator, the group  oversee the reviews of maternal and Perinatal Mortality across the UK. He was Chair of the Steering Committee for the  UK Obstetric surveillance system and Investigator on projects including  Amniotic Fluid Embolism, Sepsis, Anaphylaxis and Pregnancy at Advanced age. He is an assessor for the enquiry into Maternal Death and has been a member of the Guideline Development groups for NICE for Intrapartum Care and Hypertension in Pregnancy and the revisit of Intrapartum Care. His research areas include Diabetes in Pregnancy, Hypertension and pre-eclampsia and Intrapartum Care. He has chaired Trial Steering Committees (including INFANT) and Data Monitoring Committees for large trials.

Recent Publications

Diane Farrar, Mark Simmonds, Maria Bryant, Trevor A Sheldon, Derek Tuffnell, Su Golder, Fidelma Dunne, Debbie A Lawlor Hyperglycaemia and risk of adverse perinatal outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ 2016:354:

KE Fitzpatrick, D Tuffnell, JJ Kurinczuk and M Knight. Pregnancy at very advanced maternal age: a UK population-based cohort study. BJOG 2016: DOI 10.1111/1471-0528.14269

Marian Knight; Manisha Nair; Peter Brocklehurst; Sara Kenyon; James Neilson; Judy Shakespeare; Derek Tuffnell; Jennifer J Kurinczuk Examining the impact of introducing ICD-MM on observed trends in maternal mortality rates in the UK 2003-13   BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth in press (2016)

Farrar D, Simmonds M, Griffin S, Duarte A, Lawlor D.A, Sculpher M, Fairley L, Golder S, Tuffnell D, Bland M, Dunne F,  Whitelaw D, Wright J, and Sheldon T.A. The identification and treatment of women with hyperglycaemia in pregnancy: an analysis of individual participant data, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and an economic evaluation HTA In press(2016)

Farrar D, Tuffnell DJ, West J, West HM. (2016) Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion versus multiple daily injections of insulin for pregnant women with diabetes. Cochrane Database Syst Revs 2016, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD005542. (update)

Diane Farrar, Lesley Fairley, Gillian Santorelli, Derek Tuffnell, Trevor A Sheldon, John Wright, Lydia van Overveld, Debbie A Lawlor Association between hyperglycaemia and adverse perinatal outcomes in south Asian and white British women: analysis of data from the Born in Bradford cohort Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2015 Published  Online September 7, 2015 2015; 3(10): 795-804

T Norris, W Johnson, D Farrar, D Tuffnell, J Wright, N Cameron Small-for-gestational age and large-for-gestational age thresholds to predict infants at risk of adverse delivery and neonatal outcomes: are current charts adequate? An observational study from the Born in Bradford cohort BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006743

Debbie A. Lawlor & Jane West & Lesley Fairley & Scott M. Nelson & Raj S. Bhopal & Derek Tuffnell,  Dilys J. Freeman, John Wright, Donald C. Whitelaw & Naveed Sattar Pregnancy glycaemia and cord-blood levels of insulin and leptin in Pakistani and white British mother–offspring pairs: findings from a prospective pregnancy cohort Diabetologia DOI 10.1007/s00125-014-3386-6

Emily Petherick, Derek Tuffnell ,John Wright Experiences and outcomes of maternal Ramadan fasting during pregnancy: results from a sub-cohort of the Born in Bradford birth cohort study. BMC pregnancy and Childbirth 09/2014 14(1)335 DOI10.1186/1471-2393-14-335

Colleen D. Acosta, Jennifer J. Kurinczuk, D. Nuala Lucas, Derek J. Tuffnell, Susan Sellers, Marian Knight on behalf of the United Kingdom Obstetric Surveillance System Severe Maternal Sepsis in the UK, 2011–2012: A National Case-Control Study July 08, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001672