Find out more about the members of TAC B by reading their biographies.

Dr Amanda Adler MD, PhD, FRCP


Consultant Physician, Addenbrooke's Hospital

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Amanda Adler trained in economics, medicine and epidemiology and is a consultant physician with an interest in diabetes at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Other roles include honorary clinical epidemiologist in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Sciences, Cambridge and research associate, Diabetes Trials Unit, Oxford. Previous roles include Clinical Epidemiologist, UK Prospective Diabetes Study, advisor, UK National Screening Committee, and physician, University of Washington, Seattle. She chaired the NICE committee addressing Newer Agents for Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr Ray Armstong FRCP

Consultant Rheumatologist, Southampton General Hospital

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Ray Armstrong was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist to Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in 1985 and has been Lead Clinician for the specialty since 1998. Between 2001 and 2011 he worked for the National Library for Health and then NHS Evidence as Clinical Lead for the Musculoskeletal and Trauma & Orthopaedics Specialist Collections. He has an interest in medical informatics and eLearning and chairs an Arthritis Research UK Publications Advisory Group. He has served as an elected Council Member of the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions and has also served on Council and the Education & Training Committee of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Professor John Cairns

Professor of Health Economics Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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John Cairns is a graduate in Economics of the Universities of Aberdeen and York. He is currently Professor of Health Economics in the department of Public Health and Policy, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a member of the Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Board, the Scottish Medicines Consortium and Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs.

Mr Mark Chapman

Health Economics and Market Access Manager, Medtronic

Mr Diar Fattah

Head of Medicines Optimisation, NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

Ms Susan Faulds

Lecturer, University of Southampton

Dr Mark Glover

MRC Clinician Scientist, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Physician, University of Nottingham

Dr Sumeet Gupta

Consultant Psychiatrist, Tee, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Richard Hoddes

Senior Interventional Radiographer, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Dr Sanjay Kinra

Reader in Clinical Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr Miriam McCarthy, MPH, MRCGP, FFPH

Consultant, Public Health, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland

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Miriam McCarthy is a consultant in public health, based at the Public Health Agency, Belfast. She is vice chair of the medicines commissioning team, co-chairs the cancer commissioning team, and is a member of the specialist services commissioning team. She is also a chair of the regional Individual Funding Request (IFR) Panel.

Mr Christopher O'Regan

Head of Health Technology and Outcomes Research, Merck Sharp & Dohme

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Christopher qualified in nursing after a period in the Armed Forces and spent 25 years in Critical Care Nursing After taking an MSc in Evidence Based Health Care at Oxford he entered the pharmaceutical industry. He heads a group with whose primary responsibility is developing Technology Appraisal submissions for NICE, SMC and the AWMSG. He maintains a strong academic interest in the methodologies underpinning comparative effectiveness research.

Professor Stephen Palmer

Professor of Health Economics, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

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Stephen has worked in applied economic evaluation for over 15 years and currently heads the programme of work within TEEHTA supporting the NICE Technology Appraisal process and is a lead member of the NICE Decision Support Unit. He has a specific interest in the use of decision analytic modelling and evidence synthesis for technology assessment.

Dr Sanjeev Patel BM DM FRCP

Vice Chair

Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology

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Sanjeev's clinical duties include acute intaking medicine and rheumatology services with a special interest in bone diseases. He is Chair of the Medicines Management Committee of the Trust and Chair of the Rheumatology Speciality Advisory Committee to the Royal College of Physicians. His current research interests include the role of vitamin D in chronic diseases, and studies of secondary causes of osteoporosis and fractures, such as anorexia nervosa and chronic kidney disease.

Dr Danielle Preedy

Lay member

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Dani completed a science degree and PhD before leaving Bristol University to work in the private sector. More recently she worked for the National Osteoporosis Society as Medical Policy Officer. As part of this she joined the NICE Osteoporosis Guideline Development Group as a lay member and also developed the charities consultation responses to NICE Technology Appraisals. Since leaving the charity Dani has continued to be involved in other committees as a patient representative. She now works for the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre as Assistant Director for the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programme, which funds clinical research in the NHS. She has taken a keen interest in patient and public involvement in the programme, having gained experience of her own as a research participant in a drugs trial.

Dr Stephen Smith

Clinical Pharmacologist, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Ms Marta Soares

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

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Marta was a Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences (also University of York). Her expertise is in health economics, in particular in Health Technology Assessment.

Marta has undertaken and critically appraised many applied economic evaluations. Her methodological research includes decision analysis, evidence synthesis, expert elicitation and value of further research, amongst other topics.

Professor Ken Stein MB ChB MSc DipRACOG MRCGP FFPHM

Professor of Public Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter

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Ken Stein qualified in medicine from Bristol University and trained as a general practitioner in Australia and Hampshire before specialising in public health in Southampton, latterly acting as Deputy Director for the National Coordinating Centre for HTA. He was Consultant in Public Health Medicine at North and East Devon Health Authority in 1991, then Director of Public Health for Mid Devon Primary Care Trust, combined with a part-time role at the University of Exeter. Since 2003 he has been a full time academic public health physician at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, directing a multidisciplinary research group which carries out health technology assessments for the NHS R&D Programme and a range of methodological and other health services research projects. His research interests include the use of quality of life estimates in health technology assessment, synthesis of qualitative research, the use of modeling to support planning and management in the NHS and the evaluation of case finding for hepatitis C in primary care settings.

Professor Nicky J Welton BSc MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics and Health Technology Assessment, University of Bristol

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Nicky obtained a mathematics degree at Sheffield University and an MSc in Statistics from University College London in 1994. She then moved to the University of Bristol where she obtained her PhD in 1998, followed by a Lecturer position in Applied Statistics at the University of the West of England. Since 2002, Nicky has been part of the Multi-Parameter Evidence Synthesis research group based in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, focusing on applications in health technology assessment, synthesis for bias adjustment, synthesis of inputs to Markov models, and heterogeneously reported outcomes. Nicky currently holds an MRC Methodology Research Fellowship to study methods for evidence synthesis and Expected Value of Information for research prioritisation, and is joint lead of the theme on this topic in the ConDuCT Hub for Trials Methodology Research. Nicky is deputy director of the NICE Clinical Guidelines Technical Support Unit, based in Bristol.

Mr Nigel Westwood

Lay member

Dr Stuart Williams

Consultant Radiologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


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