Research Advisory Group

Summary

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 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:

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)

Justin Riordan-Jones

Head of Systems and Information (Research)

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 Dame Janet Finch

Senior academic and administrator

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 Shahid Hanif

Head of Health Data and Outcomes

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

Dr Andrew Roddam

VP and Head of Real World Evidence and Epidemiology

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

Professor Martin Severs

Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian

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

 

Please contact us at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk 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 the Data Access Request Service (DARS) through our performance reporting webpage.

Further information