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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

Find out more from our Director of Data, Professor Daniel Ray.

 

RAG membership

RAG members are:

Organisation Name Designation

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

Dr Louise Wood

Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Group
Director Science, Research and Evidence

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Professor Fiona Watt

Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Group
Executive Chair of the MRC

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)(DH)

Dr Inesa Thomsen Acting head of systems and information 

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Clare Newland

Head of Data Science

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Dr Bridget Taylor

UK Research and Innovation Digital Communications Lead

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Dr Ekaterini Blaveri

Programme Manager for the Data Science team

Medical Research Council
Regulatory Support Centre (MRC RSC)

Dr Alex Bailey Programme Manager

Public Health England

Professor John Newton

Director of Health Improvement

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Professor Melinda Mills Nuffield Professor, University of Oxford and Director of Luverhulme centre for demographic science 

Nuffield Department of Population Health and Oxford University

Professor Martin Landray

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology within the Nuffield Department of Population Health and Deputy Director of the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford.

Professor of Medicine at the University of Leeds
Director of the Molecular Medicine Institute at St James's University Hospital

Professor Sir Alex Markham

Chair of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR) Health Informatics Sub-Group

Academic Health Science Networks

Professor Gary Ford

Chief Executive Officer of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network

University College London (UCL)

Professor Harry Hemingway

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University College London and Director of the Farr Institute in London

Health Data Research UK

Professor Andrew Morris

Professor of Medicine, Director Health Data Research UK and Vice-Principal Data Science at the University of Edinburgh

Health Research Authority (HRA)

Dr Janet Messer

Director of Approvals Service at the Health Research Authority

Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

Dr Janet Valentine Director
Charity sector Professor Sara Marshall

Head of Clinical and Physiological Sciences, The Wellcome Trust

Charity Sector Aisling Burnand

Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Medical Research Charities

Office of the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care

James Wilson Representing the National Data Guardian

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Dr Bryan Deane

New medicines and data policy director 

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Dr Andrew Roddam

VP and Head of Real World Evidence and Epidemiology

Office for life sciences Gary Cook Deputy director life sciences industrial strategy projects and genomics

NHS Digital

Professor Sudhesh Kumar

Non-Executive Director (NHS Digital)

NHS Digital

Professor Soraya Dhillon

Non-Executive Director (NHS Digital)

NHS Digital

Tom Denwood

Executive Director of Data, Insights and Statistics: Executive Sponsor of the Research Advisory Group

NHS Digital

Jackie Gray Executive director of information governance 

NHS Digital

Professor Daniel Ray

NHS Digital Data Director

NHS Digital

Garry Coleman

Director of Data Dissemination (Interim)

NHS Digital

Estelle Spence Strategic Account Manager
NHS Digital Dr Tom Foley Senior clinical lead for data
NHS Digital Dr Arjun Dhillon Clinical director and interim Caldicott Guardian
NHS Digital NHS Digital secretariat Research Advisory Group secretariat 

Please contact us at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk if you'd like a copy of minutes from RAG meetings or our terms of reference.

RAG sub group activities

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 the Data Access Request Service (DARS) through our performance reporting

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Last edited: 25 June 2019 9:57 am