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

Director, Health Economics & Commissioning Medtronic UK & Ireland

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Mark has been with Medtronic since 2001. He currently heads the health economics team where he is responsible for Medtronic’s strategies as related to health economics, economic regulator submissions and associated clinical study design as related to the quantification of cost and effectiveness. Prior to joining Medtronic, he trained as a Clinical Physiologist, and worked for 11 years within the NHS tertiary cardiac care, with a specialist interest in complex cardiac devices.

Mark is a past member of the external advisory board and the University of Leeds EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Medical Devices. He has undertaken secondments within the UK Government, Office for Life Science, Department of Business, as Med Tech Policy Advisor, supporting the work of the UK Life Sciences Strategy.

Mark holds a BSc (hons) in Applied Biological Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics. He received his MBA from Keele University, School of Public Policy.

Mr Diar Fattah

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

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Diar is the Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation at Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG. Diar takes the lead on the provision of medicines optimisation on all matters relating to medicines use, prescribing and the provision of pharmaceutical services to the CCG. His work has been focused on combatting inappropriate polypharmacy with the use of healthcare data analytics.

Previously, he has worked as Medicine Optimisation Pharmacist at Medway CCG, a tutor at the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) based at the University of Manchester and a pharmacist clinical advisor in NHS 111.

Diar holds a masters in Pharmacy and is currently working towards his masters in Health Economics and Policy.

Ms Susan Faulds

Lecturer, University of Southampton

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Susan is a Principle Teaching Fellow and Director of Postgraduate Taught programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. As a registered nurse, Susan’s background is critical care medicine and her teaching and research reflects this.

Dr Mark Glover

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

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Mark trained in pre-clinical pharmacology and clinical medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is a Clinical Pharmacologist and General Physician at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. His clinical and research interests are in hypertension. Mark leads the hypertension service in Nottingham and leads an MRC funded research group focused on the molecular pathophysiology of sodium reabsorption in the distal nephron in Thiazide Induced Hyponatraemia and Gordon syndrome.

Mark is a member of the Prescribing Safety Assessment Board for UK medical students, and a member of the NICE hypertension in adults guideline committee.

Mr Richard Hoddes

Senior Interventional Radiographer, Manchester Royal Infirmary

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Richard originally studied Physics, before completing a foundation degree in Allied Health Sciences and a BSc in Diagnostic Radiography (Salford). He is currently an Advanced Practitioner in interventional radiography at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Areas of interest include vascular access and promoting Radiographic role development. Post-graduate qualifications include Forensic Studies (Ulster) and Advanced Medical Imaging (Bradford). Richard has provided imaging for the Manchester University bioarchaeology group’s Egyptology studies.

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, BSc MPhil MB BChir PhD MRCP

MRC Post-doctoral Clinical Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

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Stephen is a clinical academic working at the University of Cambridge and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. His clinical training is as a clinical pharmacologist and dermatologist at Addenbrookes in Cambridge.

Following a BSc in virology and PhD in Immuno-genomics from Edinburgh, he completed his medical degree in Cambridge, early clinical training at Addenbrookes and then MPhil from the Cambridge department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He went on to pursue an academic clinical career focused on applying bioinformatics to cancer biology. He has an ongoing interest in the application of computational modeling and machine learning techniques to healthcare datasets including to health economics and health technology. He joined committee B in 2017.

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

Professor of Statistical and Health Economic Modelling, University of Bristol

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Nicky graduated with a BSc in mathematics from Sheffield University, an MSc in statistics from University College London, and a PhD in mathematical biology from the University of Bristol. She is currently Professor of Statistical and Health Economic Modelling in the department of population health sciences at the University of Bristol. Here she leads the Multi-Parameter Evidence Synthesis research group, is Director of the departments Short Course Program, and Deputy Director of the Clinical Guidelines Technical Support Unit.

Her research interests include: methods for evidence synthesis in health technology assessment, network meta-analysis, extrapolating survival curves, bias adjustment in evidence synthesis, use of evidence in economic models, and value of information analysis.

Mr Nigel Westwood

Lay member

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Nigel left school and joined the Royal Navy as an officer in 1975. After initial training he served on a number of ships including appointments as a bridge watch-keeping officer, gunnery officer, navigating officer, specialist warfare officer, second-in-command and as captain. On moving ashore he joined the staff of the Commander-in-Chief Fleet with responsibility for controlling naval operations around the world before moving to a new NATO headquarters where he worked on NATO policy and negotiating allocation of forces with nations.

After completing the prestigious Joint Service Defence College course he took up an appointment in the Ministry of Defence in London working on future equipment requirements.

In 1997 he showed the first signs of what subsequently proved to be Ulcerative Colitis and despite an intensive drug regime, his condition deteriorated forcing him to undergo a pan-proctocolectomy and obliging him to leave the Royal Navy in the rank of commander after 25 years service. He now owns and runs an information technology business.

He has been an active volunteer with a number of charities and organisations particularly Crohn's and Colitis UK since his diagnosis serving as a trustee and vice-chairman for a number of years before stepping back for personal reasons in 2010.

Dr Stuart Williams

Consultant Radiologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

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Stuart qualified in medicine from Oxford University and worked in a variety of medical jobs in Oxford, Birmingham and London before returning to Oxford to train in radiology. Since 2001 he has been a consultant radiologist at Norwich and honorary senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School. He has variously been head of training, radiology clinical director, RCR regional chair and Trust lead for audit and improvement.

Between 2010 and 2013, Stuart was one of the first cohort of NICE clinical fellows and was subsequently a member of the guideline development group around recognition and referral of suspected cancer (NG12).

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