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Research Advisory Group

The Research Advisory Group (RAG), hosted by NHS Digital, brings the research community together to make better use of our data and services.

The Research Advisory Group (RAG), hosted by NHS Digital, brings the research community together to advance the use and effectiveness of NHS Digital's data and services. Group membership consists of senior representatives from across research, the third sector and NHS Digital.  

The aim of RAG is to build a strategic partnership between researchers and NHS Digital. This partnership will: 

  • enable NHS Digital to improve its data and data services  
  • help researchers deliver better research quicker through the use of high-quality NHS Digital data, for the benefit of patients and the public

RAG contains two subgroups. Find out more about the activities of these groups:

Streamlining ethics and approvals (in the context of DARS applications) sub-group

Future NHS Digital services - Innovation sub-group

RAG members are:

NameRepresentative of
Dr Louise Wood (co-Chair)Department of Health (DH)
Professor Sir John Savill (co-Chair)Medical Research Council (MRC)
Justin Riordan-JonesDepartment of Health
Dr Rhoswyn WalkerMedical Research Council
Dr Ekaterini BlaveriMedical Research Council
Dr Alex BaileyMedical Research Council Regulatory Support Centre
Professor Dame Janet FinchSocial Sciences
Bridget TaylorSocial Sciences
Martin LandrayRepresentative of academia (England)
Professor Sir Alex MarkhamOffice for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OHSCR), Health Informatics sub-group
Professor Gary FordAcademic Health Science Networks
Professor Harry HemingwayAcademia (England)
Professor Andrew MorrisRepresentative of academia (Health Data Research UK)
Dr Janet MesserHealth Research Authority (HRA)
Dr Janet ValentineClinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
Nicola PerrinCharity sector
Aisling BurnandCharity sector
Dame Fiona Caldicott, represented by James WilsonThe uses of personal confidential health and social care data
Professor Sudhesh Kumar
Professor Soraya Dhillon  
NHS Digital Non-Executive Directors
Tom DenwoodNHS Digital Executive Sponsor
Professor Martin SeversNHS Digital Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian
Professor Daniel RayNHS Digital Data Director
Terry HillNHS Digital Data Dissemination Director
Estelle SpenceNHS Digital Research Strategic Manager

Please contact us at researchadvisorygroup@nhs.net if you'd like a copy of minutes from RAG meetings or our Terms of Reference.

Research bulletin

Find out more about the work of RAG by signing up to our bi-monthly research bulletin.

Data Access Request Service (DARS) performance

We're keen to make the performance of our services as transparent as possible. You can now keep up-to-date on the performance of DARS through our performance reporting webpage.

Streamlining ethics and approvals (in the context of DARS applications)

This is a sub-group of the Research Advisory Group.

Future NHS Digital services for research - Innovation sub-group

This is a sub-group of the Research Advisory Group.

Data Access Request Service (DARS) performance reporting

We're keen to make the performance of our services as transparent as possible. This page is designed to keep you up-to-date on the performance of DARS.

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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