Committee A Members
Dr Jane Adam MB BS, MRCP, FRCR (Chair of Committee A)
Consultant Radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London
Jane Adam is consultant radiologist to St. George 's Hospital, London with subspecialty interests including Computerised Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and oncological imaging. She is founding editor of CME Radiology journal, former Chairman of The Clinical Radiology Audit and Standards Subcommittees and currently Recertification Lead at the Royal College of Radiologists and a member of Council. She is founding Chair of the Audit and Standards Committee of the European Society of Radiology.
Professor Thanos Athanasiou
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals and Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Surgery at Imperial College London
Professor Thanos Athanasiou is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith and St Mary's Hospitals and Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Surgery at Imperial College London.
His diverse research interests encompass proof-of-concept basic scientific research, clinical translational and healthcare outcomes research, technology evaluation, and healthcare policy. He has expertise in statistical modelling, meta-analysis, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and bayesian evidence synthesis. He is teaching regularly and is module director for Informatics and Analytics in the Healthcare Policy MSc of Imperial College.
He has published extensively published (more than 367 papers, 63 book chapters,2 textbooks and has more than 2500 citations). He has currently 10 PhD students and he has supervised more than 50 clinical, scientific bioengineering, economics students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.
Jeremy Braybrooke BSc BM FRCP PhD
Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol
Jeremy Braybrooke trained in oncology at the Cancer Research UK Medical Oncology unit in Oxford. During this time he completed a PhD on DNA repair proteins and developed an interest in translational research. He has worked in Bristol since 2003 and developed a large research focussed clinical practice specialising in lung, breast and testicular cancers. Jeremy is enthusiastic about improving patients' experience of chemotherapy treatments and chairs the Avon Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Network Drugs and Therapeutics committee. He is a member of the NICE Lung Cancer Guideline Development Group.
Dr Gerardine Bryant MB ChB MPH MRCGP
General Practitioner, Heartwood Medical Practice, Swadlincote, Derbyshire
After graduating from Birmingham in 1983, Gerry qualified as a GP and practiced for 11 years before retraining in Public Health Medicine. She worked as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, and then Director of Public Health before returning to clinical work to take on the challenge of developing a new General Practice in an area of rapid population growth. She is active in GP Commissioning in Derbyshire. She was a member of the NICE Tuberculosis Guideline Development Groups in 2004-5 and has been a member of the CJD Incidents Panel since 2003.
Professor Aileen Clarke FFPH FRCGP MD
Professor of Public Health & Health Services Research, University of Warwick
Professor Aileen Clarke is Acting Director of the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School which is an outstanding multidisciplinary applied health research environment. Her research team - Warwick Evidence - is supported by programme grant funding to undertake technology assessments and reviews for the HTA programme, NICE and other policy bodies. She also has programmes of research on evidence use and uptake. Her core training and background are in public health and epidemiology as applied to health services research and she has previously worked in research commissioning, NHS commissioning, health consultancy and as a GP. More recently she has undertaken joint work on commissioning and evidence uptake with the Nuffield Trust and with Warwick Business School.
Dr Fiona Duncan RN PhD
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Acute Pain Management at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Fiona Duncan qualified as a nurse from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in 1978 and specialised in intensive care. She then entered hospice nursing working in the U.K. and abroad. Since 1994 she has been an acute pain nurse. Having gained a PhD in 2009, her work was awarded the RCN Research Society Akinsanya Award for innovation in doctoral studies in nursing in 2010. In 2010 she joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a Research Fellow. Her current research interests include the effectiveness of postoperative analgesia and establishing a national Acute Pain registry.
Andrew England, BSc, MSc
Lecturer in Medical Imaging, NIHR Fellow, University of Liverpool
Andrew England qualified as a radiographer from the University of Liverpool in 1999 and specialised in CT scanning and radiology based interventional procedures. In 2004 he undertook a clinical research role evaluating complications from vascular and abdominal interventional procedures. In 2006 he was appointed full-time lecturer in medical imaging at the University of Liverpool. He has previously gained a teaching qualification, an MSc in medical diagnostic imaging and is part way through an NIHR funded PhD. His current research interests include the evaluation of aortic stent grafts, optimisation of medical imaging examinations and the computerised interpretation of medical images.
Adrian Griffin MSc, BSc
Vice President, HTA & International Policy, Johnson & Johnson
Adrian is VP of Health Technology Assessment and International policy at Johnson & Johnson. Since graduating in health economics he has held a variety of UK, European, and global positions in health economics and reimbursement in both the pharmaceutical and medical device & diagnostic industries.
Professor Jonathan Grigg B Sc, MB BS, MRCP(UK), MD, FRCPCH
Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London
Professor Grigg qualified in 1982 from the London Hospital (Whitechapel). After a 3 year clinical fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, and a 1 year fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Leukocyte Biology at the Texas Children's Hospital, he worked as a clinical fellow in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (1993 to 1995). On return to the UK, he was appointed as a senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester, and then moved to Barts and the London School of Medicine (Queen Mary University London) as Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine in 2006. His current research includes randomised placebo controlled trials of therapies for pre-school wheeze, novel methods for treating difficult asthma in children, airway inflammation in cystic fibrosis, and the effect of outdoor and indoor air pollution on children's respiratory health.
Dr Brian Hawkins
Chief Pharmacist (Medicines management Practice unit) for Cwm Taf Health Board, South Wales
Brian Hawkins studied Pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 1989. Following pre-registration placements in Yorkshire he qualified as a pharmacist in 1990. He continued his journey south and gained a PhD in respiratory pharmacology from the University of Cardiff in 2004.
He is currently Chief Pharmacist (Medicines management Practice unit) for Cwm Taf Health Board in South Wales with responsibility for the medicines management strategy across the Health Board. He has held a number of positions in hospital and primary care pharmacy over the last 16 years throughout South & Mid Wales.
Brian has been a Member of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) since 2005 and has served on Local DTC committees since 2004.
He has an interest in respiratory pharmacology and health economics.
Dr Peter Heywood, MB BChir, FRCP
Consultant Neurologist, Frenchay Hospital, NBT, Bristol
Peter Heywood is a consultant neurologist working at the neuroscience centre in Bristol & head of department. He Regional specialist adviser for Neurology in the South-West. His active research interests are in movement disorders & Parkinson's disease in particular: currently participating in studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry and several MRC funded studies; previous work has included studies involving GDNF infusion in Parkinson's disease. Previously audit lead for neurology in the South-West of England and South Wales.
Dr Sharon Saint Lamont
Head of Quality and Innovation, North East Strategic Health Authority
Sharon began her health service career as a nurse in a large teaching hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne before moving into health care research culminating in the achievement of a PhD in community health services, focussing on patient empowerment and the impact this has upon clinical decision making. This led to various focussed research projects around diseases such as diabetes and dementia as well as regular undergraduate medical teaching. Sharon gained valuable experience working with the NHS Modernisation Agency where she led several research projects to explore the spread and sustainability of good practice in the NHS. Following a two year secondment to the Department of Health where she supported the work of healthcare organisations in the North East to reduce healthcare associated infections. Sharon is now Head of Quality and Innovation at North East Strategic Health Authority, with a special interest in the benefits of adoption of technology in healthcare.
Dr Ian Lewin, BSc MD FRCP(Lond) FRCP(Edin)
Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist
Ian Lewin is a Consultant Physician at the North Devon District Hospital with a commitment to acute medicine, diabetes and endocrinology. He has a long standing interest in cost-effective prescribing. He chairs the Effective Practice Committee for NHS Devon and is Clinical Lead for the Peninsula Health Technology Commissioning Group. He was a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group for newer agents for blood glucose control in Type 2 Diabetes. He examines for the MRCP(UK) and is an honorary lecturer at the Peninsula Medical School.
Dr Louise Longworth
Reader in Health Economics, HERG, Brunel University
Louise Longworth is a Reader in Health Economics at Brunel University. She has previously held roles as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, Research Fellow at Brunel University and Technical Advisor at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Louise was awarded a PhD in Health Economics by Brunel University in 2007. She also has an MSc in Health Economics and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics, both from the University of York. Her research interests relate to the economic evaluation of health care interventions; in particular, the measurement and valuation of health outcomes.
Dr Anne McCune
Consultant Hepatologist, Department of Hepatology, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Having originally trained in London at University College Hospital Medical School, Dr Anne McCune spent her higher specialist training in the South West and Cardiff, where she was awarded an MD after research on the clinical penetrance of the then newly discovered haemochromatosis gene. She was appointed as a NHS consultant in Bristol in 2005 and the majority of her clinical time is spent looking after patients with a wide variety of both common and unusual liver diseases.
Within her NHS practice she acts as clinical lead for alcohol-related and metabolic liver disease. She is a divisional clinical effectiveness lead within her current organisation and has helped in the development of both local and national gastroenterology/hepatology guidelines, including NICE guidance. Public health promotion is also a particular passion and Anne currently works with and alongside a number of national and local organisations involved with the care of liver patients, as well as being an executive member of The Medical Council on Alcohol.
Her research interests are broad and include studies on alcohol-related hepatitis, fatty liver disease, hepatic encephalopathy and portal hypertension.
John J V McMurray MD FESC FACC FAHA
Professor of Medical Cardiology, University of Glasgow
John McMurray is honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow and has a special interest in clinical trials (particularly in cardiovascular disease but also in diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease), guidelines and evidence-based medicine.
Dr Alec Miners
Health Economics Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Alec Miners completed his MSc in Health Economics from the University of York in 1995. In the same year he joined University College London as a PhD student before being appointed to Research Fellow in Health Economics. In 2000 he joined the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as a Technical Analyst and also became a Visiting Research Fellow at Brunel University. He is currently a Lecturer in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Mohit Misra BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, MSc
Mohit graduated from Guy's & St. Thomas' Medical School in 2004 and initially trained as a surgeon. Thereafter he trained as a General Practioner and has worked in all facets of primary care in London, including a practice based commissioning board in South East London. He gained a Masters in Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics recently, after which he worked with Department of Health Strategy Unit identifying the reasons for escalating costs in orthopaedic care in the NHS. He has also worked with the World Health Organization in Geneva on amalgamating primary care with essential surgical services. Mohit's other international experience was in Cambodia, where he helped establish primary healthcare clinics and improve acute care provision in government hospitals.
Sarah Parry RN, BSc (Hons), MSc
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Acute, and Palliative Pain Management, Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia, University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience within paediatric surgical medical and PICU / NICU care. Prior to taking up the role of pain specialist, she managed the paediatric cardiac ward in Bristol following the Kennedy report. More recently she has been a nurse advisor to the NCEPOD working party on the “Are we there yet” report on children's paediatric surgery in England and Wales and is working with the British Pain Society to develop paediatric chronic pain guidelines.
Current interests and projects include non-medical nurse prescribing within paediatrics i.e. implications and pressure of prescribing large proportion of off licence and off label prescription for children due to limited research, developing a 10 point's checklist designed by the patients / carers on paediatric pain management within secondary care and developing a pathway for paediatric procedural pain management within children's services. Firther roles included honorary tutor Cardiff University and enthusiastic supporter of welsh rugby.
Ms Pamela Rees
After obtaining an undergraduate degree and a post graduate certificate in education, I undertook post graduate study in urban and regional planning at the Architectural Association, London and am currently studying for my Masters in Public Health at Nottingham University. I taught in secondary, further and adult education for over ten years before going into youth work and then to work with Nottingham City Council in community development and regeneration. I have recently retired from working as a Public Health manager with Leicester City PCT and am now looking forward to having time to devote to voluntary work and to my garden and of course, to my daughters.
In 2006-7, I was a community member of the NICE Public Health Programme Development Group re. Smoking Cessation Services guidance (NICE PH10). I have worked with ‘disadvantaged' communities for over thirty years and for the past decade the main focus of my work has been on improving patient and public understanding of and involvement in health; improving information and access to appropriate health care services and enabling individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health. My commitment to social inclusion, equality and supporting public involvement in the forces that shape their lives owes much to this experience and to my personal experience as a carer.
Dr Ann Richardson PhD
Ann Richardson works as an independent qualitative researcher in health and social care and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Much of her research has focused on patients' views and experiences of their care. In addition, she has undertaken writing and editing on a wide range of topics for both lay and professional audiences.
Ellen Rule MSc, BSc (Hons) Dunelm, BSc (Hons)
Programme Director, NHS Bristol
Ellen Rule is an experienced health care manager with a Masters degree in health economics. She has held a number of roles in both hospital management and commissioning, her current role being at NHS Bristol as Programme Director for (acute) hospital commissioning. Prior to joining the NHS she worked in the cabinet office, for a government policy unit concerned with equity and equality issues. She has a particular interest in health technology assessment and the role of HTA in ensuring that equitable and rational funding decisions are taken by the NHS. Outside of her NHS management role she actively participates in research, principally through working alongside clinical trials as a health economist.
Dr Paul Robinson
Medical Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme
Dr Paul Robinson is Medical Director at Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Merck & Co Inc. He qualified in medicine at The Royal London Hospital and entered the pharmaceutical industry after 10 years in general medicine and cardiology. He heads a department with responsibility for clinical research execution, pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs, as well as the medical governance and support of the company's commercial activities. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire.
Mr Stephen Sharp
Senior Statistician, MRC Epidemiology Unit
Stephen leads the statistical work for the MRC Epidemiology Unit, whose goal is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders and to contribute to the prevention of these disorders. He is a Lecturer for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Epidemiology and Public Health and is a statistical reviewer for the journals “The Lancet” and “Diabetologia”.
Stephen has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has worked as a medical statistician within academia and the pharmaceutical industry, and has experience in the design, analysis and reporting of various clinical trials and observational studies. He has also worked on meta-analysis methods, and taught medical statistics on courses in the UK and abroad.
Peter Sims FFPH,FRCGP,MSc.,BDS
Peter is an occasional GP in Devon, he teaches at the Peninsula School and is an appraiser for the Information Standards Board. He has worked as a GP in Bedfordshire and more recently as a GP to the British Army. He has worked as a Director of Public health in Tower hamlets and North Devon and as an academic in Public Health medicine and Primary care in Zambia and Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Eldon Spackman, PhD
Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
Eldon Spackman is a research fellow with the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York and a member of the Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment Team. He is an associate editor for BMC Public Health and a member of the PSSRU unit cost advisory group.
Professor Iain Squire (Vice-Chair of Committee A)
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Leicester
Iain Squire was born in Glasgow in 1960. After obtaining a first class Honours degree in Biochemistry & Pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde in 1982, Iain saw the light and embarked on undergraduate medical training at the University of Glasgow, from where he graduated with Commendation in 1987. After obtaining MRCP he undertook a period of research under the supervision of John Reid in the Department of Medicine at the Western Infirmary, followed by appointment as Lecturer in the same department in 1992. A move to the University of Leicester in 1995 was followed by appointment as Senior Lecturer there in 1998.
Iain's research interests are in heart failure and coronary artery disease, areas in which he has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He has been Chair of the University Hospitals of Leicester Therapeutics Advisory Service. He is the current Deputy Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure, an organisation for which he has previously been elected as Councillor and as Treasurer.
Amelia Stecher RN, BSc(Hons), PGCert, MA
Associate Director of Individual Funding Requests and Clinical Effectiveness, NHS Kent and Medway
Amelia Stecher qualified as a nurse from Eastbourne Downs in 1988 and went on to specialise in neuro-rehabilitation for some ten years. She undertook her first degree whilst working in this field, focussing on goal-setting and decision-making within interdisciplinary teams.
Amelia then moved to West Kent to gain a broader perspective of NHS and social care, working within Continuing Healthcare Services. During this time she completed her Masters degree at the University of Brighton, focussing on care pathways across the acute-community interface.
Amelia progressed to setting up and developing processes for assessing the quality of care in commissioned services, before settling into her current role as Associate Director of Individual Funding Requests and Clinical Effectiveness across NHS Kent and Medway.
Amelia is a keen advocate for patient involvement in health care services, and has led the implementation of a successful programme of patient attendance at funding panels in West Kent.
Mr. David Thomson
David Thomson is a retired Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics, Electronics and Computers. He spent his career in Air Traffic Management in the UK and the USA. He was Director of Engineering and finally Director of Projects with National Air Traffic Services. Following heart bypass surgery, he became actively involved with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and with Patient and Public Involvement in Health Forums. He has written articles on health for DIPEx, NHS National Genetics and the BHF. David was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Post Myocardial Infarction. He supports local patient groups and is a member of a Steering Group for medical research projects at University College London.
Dr John Watkins
Clinical Senior Lecturer / Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Cardiff University and National Public Health Service Wales
John Watkins is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the National Public Health Service for Wales,NPHS, is the consultant lead for chronic disease management and specialist adviser to the NPHS and Welsh Assembly Government, WAG, on Influenza and Pandemic planning, where he has chaired its Influenza Advisory Group. Prior to devolved regional government in the UK, John was a member of a scientific advisory group that helped the UK Department of Health develop Influenza vaccination policy. He was formerly Medical Director of Primary Health Care at Gwent Health Authority, a post he held for some eight years. Prior to his career in Medicine he completed a first class honours degree in Physics and went on to study for a PhD before starting medical school.
John has an active research programme in a number of areas, particularly Influenza and other respiratory diseases and has published and lectured at home and abroad on this subject. His research has included studies on disease impact, both in adults and children, vaccine effectiveness and usage and the historical impact of pandemic disease.
His hobbies include; skiing, he is a rather ‘geriatric' athlete and rugby player, DIY and flying light aircraft and lives in Monmouthshire with his wife and two daughters. John continues in active clinical practice as a GP in Newport, South Wales.
Dr Olivia Wu
Reader in Health Economics, University of Glasgow
Olivia is a Reader in Health Economics at the University of Glasgow. Originally a pharmacy graduate, she also has an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology and PhD in Public Health and Health Economics. She has a strong interest in epidemiology and health economics, in particular in the areas of evidence synthesis, risk prediction modelling and economic evaluation. In addition to her research, Olivia is an advisor to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.
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