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Our people

A large number of people are involved in assessing the research proposals received by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme to ensure that the projects are assessed in a clear and fair way, embracing the latest expertise, knowledge and opinion.

Our director

Ray Fitzpatrick

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone is Programme Director and Chair of the HS&DR Commissioning Board (for both the commissioned and researcher-led workstream). She is Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research, Head of School for Healthcare Sciences and Academic Lead for Impact at Bangor University.  Jo has established an international reputation for research that bridges the evidence – practice gap and has accumulated a body of work focussed on processes, interventions and outcomes for improving health services and care delivery through mixed methods.

Our board and panel members and reviewers

HS&DR Commissioning Board (Commissioned and Researcher-led)

The HS&DR Commissioning Board assesses full proposals received through the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, primarily for scientific quality and value for money. The Board is composed of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to healthcare delivery research, and public contributors.

Chair and Programme Director
Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone
Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research, Bangor University
Deputy Chair
Mr Ed MacAlister-SmithNon-Executive Director at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, NHS Leadership Coach, Independent Reviewer of Ratings CQC

Professor Juan Baeza Lecturer in Health Policy, Kings College, London 
Dr Kate Baxter
Research Fellow, University of York
Professor Ruth Boaden
Director, CLAHRC, Greater Manchester
Professor Kevin Brazil
Professor of School of Nursing and Midwifery,Queen's University Belfast
Professor Paul Brocklehurst
Director of NWORTH, University of Bangor
Dr Jeremy DawsonReader in Health Management,University of Sheffield 
Professor Mark Exworthy
Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham
Professor Naomi Fulop Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management, University College London 
Professor Martin Gulliford
Professor of Public Health, King’s College London
Mrs Alison Ledward
Public Contributor
Professor Sarah Lewis
Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Nottingham
Dr Louisa Locock Deputy Research Director, Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford 
Dr Ghazala Mir Associate Professor, Psychiatric and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds 
Professor Stephen Morris
Professor of Health Economics, University College London
Professor Ronan O'Carroll
Professor of Psychology, University of Stirling
Mrs Candy Perry Public Contributor 
Mrs Janette Rawlinson Public Contributor 
Professor Paul Roderick
Head of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton
Professor Kathryn Rowan  Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre  
Professor Cath Sackley
Head of Academic Physiotherapy, Kings College London
Professor Chris Salisbury
Professor of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol
Professor Kate Seers
Director, RCN Research Institute University of Warwick
Professor Karen SpilsburyProfessor of Nursing, University of Leeds
Professor Matt Sutton
Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester 
Professor Rod Taylor
Chair in Health Services Research, University of Exeter Medical School
Professor Justin WaringProfessor of Organisational Sociology, University of Nottingham
Dr Christopher WeirReader in Medical Statistics, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Associate membersOrganisation
Lucy Stuttard
Associate to Dr Kate Baxter
Roman Kislov
Associate to Prof Ruth Boaden
Angus Ramsay
Associate to Prof Naomi Fulop
Simon TurnerAssociate to Prof Naomi Fulop
Lisa HintonAssociate to Ass Prof Louise Locock
Amy RussellAssociate to Dr Ghazala Mir
Tracey FarragherAssociate to Dr Ghazala Mir
Diane DixonAssociate to Prof Ronan O’Carroll
Stephan DombrowskiAssociate to Prof Ronan O’Carroll
Christopher BurtonAssociate to Prof Jo Rycroft-Malone
Toby Smith Associate to Prof Cath Sackley
Sophie StaniszewskaAssociate to Prof Kate Seers
Carole Mockford Associate to Prof Kate Seers
Rebecca RandellAssociate to Prof Karen Spilsbury
Linda MilnesAssociate to Prof Karen Spilsbury
Rachel MeacockAssociate to Prof Matt Sutton
Stephen TimmonsAssociate to Prof Justin Waring
Paul WindrumAssociate to Prof Justin Waring 

HS&DR Prioritisation Panel (Commissioned)

The HS&DR Prioritisation Panel assesses outline proposals received through the commissioned workstream, primarily for importance to the NHS. The Panel also considers the need for research across a range of key topics, and helps to refine and develop commissioning briefs to be advertised to the researcher community. The Panel is composed of senior NHS managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors.

Mr Ed Macalister-SmithNon-Executive Director at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, NHS Leadership Coach, Independent Reviewer of Ratings CQC

Deputy ChairOrganisation
Ms Hiroo Chothia Public contributor

Jennifer BostockPublic Contributor
Dr Kath ChecklandSenior Academic Primary Care, University of Manchester
Mr Jan Filochowski Healthcare Consultant 
Dr Nicola HiltonNHS Manager, Medicine & Cardiac, St  Georges Hospital 
Professor Carmel HughesProfessor of Primary Care Pharmacy, Queens University Belfast  
Ms Candace Imison Director of Healthcare Systems, Nuffield Trust 
Dr Mark LambertConsultant in Specialised Services Public Health 
Dr Paul McDonald Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care, Newman University Birmingham
Dr Richard McNallyReader in Epidemiology, Newcastle University
Professor Suzanne MasonProfessor of Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield 
Dr Liz Mear  
Chief Executive The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network
Una RennardPublic Contributor
Professor Sasha Shepperd
Professor of Health Services Research, University of Oxford 
Professor Judith Smith
Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management, University of Birmingham 
Dr Nicholas Steel
Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of East Anglia
Ms Tina Strack 
Associate Director, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership 
Dr Lois Thomas  Reader in Health Services Research, University of Central Lancashire
Professor Carl Thompson Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds  
Iestyn Williams
Senior Lecturer, Health Service Management Centre 
Dr Lesley Wye 
Research Fellow, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol 
Dr Amber Young
Consultant Paediatric Burns Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

HS&DR Prioritisation Panel (Researcher-led)

The HS&DR Prioritisation Panel assesses outline proposals received through the researcher-led workstream, primarily for importance to the NHS. The Panel is composed of senior NHS managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors.

Professor Rod TaylorProfessor in HSR & Exeter CTU Lead, University of Exeter Medical School

Deputy Chair
Ms Jillian EvansHead of Health Intelligence, NHS Grampian

Professor Rob Anderson Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, University of Exeter Medical School 
Dr Mo Aye Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 
Professor Sabyasachi Bhaumik Medical Director and Honorary Professor in Psychiatry, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust 
Dr Alex Bottle Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Imperial College London 
Dr Sarah Finer Clinical Senior Lecturer in Diabetes at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry 
Professor Anne Forster Head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation Bradford Institute for Health Research 
Dr Tim Freeman Associate Professor, Business School, Middlesex University 
Mr David Green Public Contributor 
Professor Bruce Guthrie Professor of Primary Care medicine, University of Dundee 
Dr Julie Hankin Executive medical director / R&D Director, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 
Professor Brendan McCormack Professor and Head of the Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University 
Mr David McNally Associate Director Service Reconfiguration & System Management, NHS North West 
Professor Graham Martin Professor of Health Organisation and Policy, University of Leicester 
Mrs Anne Mason Senior Research Fellow, University of York 
Professor Margaret May Reader in Medical Statistics, University of Bristol 
Dr Virginia Minogue Research lead/Knowledge, evidence and research lead, NHS England
Dr Abeda Mulla Transformation Programme Manager, Midlands and Lancashire CSU 
Dr Karen RitchieDeputy Director, Healthcare Improvement Scotland 
Professor Glenn Robert
Chair in Healthcare Quality & Innovation
King’s College London
Professor Opinder Sahota
Professor in Orthogeriatric Medicine & Consultant Physician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Mrs Jean Simpson
Public Contributor 
Mr Steve Sparks
NHS Right Care Delivery Partner, NHS England
Ms Alison Thompson Head of R&D, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
Dr Catherine Walshe Reader in Palliative Care, Lancaster University


Our community of reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the HS&DR Programme projects and outputs. They are sought from a variety of fields, including from those who work in and use NHS services.

To demonstrate our gratitude to our reviewers and acknowledge the important work they do for the programme the names of past year’s reviewers are listed on our website. Please click the link below to access the list:

View a list of HS&DR 2015 reviewers


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