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 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:

Name Representative of
Dr Louise Wood (co-Chair) Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Professor Sir John Savill (co-Chair) Medical Research Council (MRC)
Justin Riordan-Jones Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Dr Rhoswyn Walker Medical Research Council
Dr Ekaterini Blaveri Medical Research Council
Dr Alex Bailey Medical Research Council Regulatory Support Centre
Professor Dame Janet Finch Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Bridget Taylor Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Professor Martin Landray  Representative of academia (England)
Professor Sir Alex Markham Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OHSCR), Health Informatics sub-group
Professor Gary Ford Academic Health Science Networks
Professor Harry Hemingway Academia (England)
Professor Andrew Morris Representative of academia (Health Data Research UK)
Dr Janet Messer Health Research Authority (HRA)
Dr Janet Valentine Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
Nicola Perrin Charity sector
Aisling Burnand Charity sector
Dame Fiona Caldicott, represented by James Wilson The uses of personal confidential health and social care data
Professor Sudhesh Kumar
Professor Soraya Dhillon  
NHS Digital Non-Executive Directors
Tom Denwood NHS Digital Executive Sponsor
Professor Martin Severs NHS Digital Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian
Professor Daniel Ray NHS Digital Data Director
Garry Coleman  NHS Digital Data Dissemination Director (Interim)
Estelle Spence NHS Digital Research Strategic Manager

Please contact us at 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