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

Professor Daniel Keenan


Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Associate Medical Director, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Manchester

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Danny was appointed Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Manchester in 2009 where he is co-principal investigator within the cardiovascular research group at the University.

He is Medical Director (part time) of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) responsible for national and local audit and Chair of a National Clinical Reference Group that advises NHS England on cardiac surgery. Professor Keenan chaired the NICE CCG OIS Committee from 2011 until 2014. He is at the forefront of clinical audit, being responsible for the release of personal results both locally and nationally.

Dr Andrew Black

Vice chair

General Practitioner, Mortimer Medical Practice, Herefordshire

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Andrew is a General Practitioner living and working in rural Herefordshire. He has been a partner in a large rural dispensing practice for the last 11 years. Prior to this he worked in Hospitals in London and Suffolk. In addition to his clinical work he has been involved in commissioning health services locally and worked on QOF at local, regional and national level.

He has a particular interest in the application of evidence based medicine with a focus on cost-effectiveness. Andrew has recently graduated from Birmingham University with an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy.

Michael Bainbridge

Associate Director of Primary Care

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Michael began his career in social care before moving into the NHS. His roles have included commissioning mental health services, integrated care, and locality development. He's been involved in commissioning primary care services for the last ten years.

Michael is currently an associate director of commissioning at Somerset CCG with responsibility for primary care services. This includes general practice and local pharmacy and optometry services. He holds a MSc in Healthcare Policy and Management from Birmingham University.

Michael’s interests include person-centredness, continuity of care, evidence-based practice and the role of general practice in integrated care systems.

Nigel Beasley

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Nigel is a consultant ENT surgeon in Nottingham, and Co-Chair of East Midlands Clinical Senate. He was Clinical Director of ENT, then Deputy Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospital, where he was responsible for appraisal, revalidation and clinical effectiveness. He was the clinical lead for cancer at the NHS Institute and most recently led the development of value-based commissioning guidance for elective surgery, as part of the DH QIPP Right Care Team. He is an enthusiastic advocate of patient involvement, and the use of outcome data, in the design of high value care pathways.

Dr Rachel Brown

General Practitioner, Montpelier Health Centre, Bristol

Primary care specialist committee member

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Rachel has been working as an inner city GP in Bristol for 19 years. Rachel also works as a GPSI in gynaecology, advising and teaching local GPs. She has been involved as a QOF indicators pilot site for 5 years. She is involved in teaching and research within the practice.

She is a NICE fellow. She is on the HTAP reference panel and also an external advisor for the NICE endorsement programme.

Dr Ronny Cheung BM BCh, MA, MRCPCH, PGDipMedEd

Consultant General Paediatrician, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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Ronny Cheung is also a clinical advisor to the Child & Maternal Health Intelligence Network (ChiMat) at Public Health England.

He was the clinical editor of NHS Right Care's Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young People 2012, which mapped variation across 26 indicators of child health in England. Working with Public Health England, he edited the 2012/13 version of the Child Health Atlas as part of the Chief Medical Officer's Special Report into Child Health.

His main interests lie in research, policy and practice to reduce inequality in healthcare quality and outcomes for children and young people. He co-chairs the Health Outcomes Subgroup of the independent Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum, and ChiMat’s Child Health Expert Reference.

Tim Cooper

Director, The Quality Review Service

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Tim is director of the Quality Review Service (QRS). This part of the NHS available nationally; supporting organisations in improving quality. QRS is UKAS accredited. It's the only NHS organisation accredited as a health inspection body.

Previously he was head of hospital inspection for the Care Quality Commission, director with the National Cancer Action Team and national lead for radiotherapy.

Tim is a fellow of the College of Radiographers and an honorary member of the Royal College of Radiologists. He graduated from the University of York with a masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change. Tim is a member of the Q Community.

Liz Cross

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Liz is an advanced nurse practitioner and non-medical prescriber working in a large GP practice in Watford, Hertfordshire. Her clinics are varied; divided between chronic disease management, minor illness and anything else you would see your practice nurse for.

Liz has a specialist interest in antibiotic stewardship particularly near patient diagnostics for the management of respiratory tract infections. For the past couple years alongside her day job she's been running pilots, writing articles and speaking at conferences, both in the UK and abroad.

Kate Francis

Practice Manager, Air Balloon Surgery, Bristol

Primary care specialist committee member

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Kate has extensive experience in the NHS both in secondary care and in primary care. She has some commissioning experience in her current role and was previously a Board member on her local commissioning group. She has worked as an advisor to the Department of Health under both a Labour and Conservative government.

Kate is currently leading one of the work streams for the local federation formed under the Prime Minister Challenge Fund.

Dr Christopher Gale

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Health Research at the University of Leeds, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Christopher's clinical interests are general cardiology and chronic heart failure. His research interests include population-based studies of quality of care and clinical outcomes including acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and arrhythmias.

Christopher is a member of the British Cardiovascular Society, British Society for Echocardiography, British Society for Heart Failure, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He is a member of the MINAP Academic Group, British Cardiovascular Society Guidelines and Practice committee, and European Society of Cardiology Working Group for Performance Measures. He co-Chairs the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research (NICOR) Research Board, has published over 70 research manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, and is Deputy Editor of European Heart Journal Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes.

Dr Richard Garlick

General Practitioner, James Wigg practice, London

Primary care specialist committee member

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Richard has worked in the NHS for over thirty years. He was a consultant in public health for eighteen years. For the past fifteen years he has also worked as a GP in a large Camden practice. He has been a PCT research and development lead and an examiner for professional public health exams. He is a GP appraiser. From 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the NICE Mental Health Topic Consideration Panel and from 2012 until 2014 he was a member of the NICE CCG OIS Advisory Committee.

Professor Elena Garralda

Emeritus Professor and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Imperial College London

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Elena was previously a Reader and Honorary Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Booth Hall Children's Hospital.

Elena’s special research/clinical interests include the interface between child psychiatry and primary and paediatric health care; psychosomatic disorders and the psychiatric adjustment of physically ill children; outcome research of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) use.

Elena has previous involvement in international research into CAMHS outcome measures and member of NICE Guideline Development Groups on mental health topics.

Dr Dominic Horne

GP Principal, Much Birch Surgery, Herefordshire

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Dr Dominic Horne was a Fellow at NICE from 2012-15 looking at Urgent Care. He is now Clinical Vice Chair of Herefordshire CCG, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and a Clinical Commissioning Champion for the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Warwick.

Dominic’s interests are urgent care, public health, multi morbidity, leadership and the interface between physical and mental health.

Mrs Jo Jerrome

Lay member

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Jo is a qualified teacher and has worked across primary, secondary, mainstream and special needs. In 2005, when her daughter was diagnosed with ME/CFS, she became a carer and a volunteer for patient-centred resources. In 2007 Jo joined AF Association where she worked until 2015, as Deputy CEO.

Jo has sat on NICE STAs and Scoping workshops for Apixaban, Dabigatran, Dronedarone, Rivaroxaban and Vernakalent and been in stakeholder in device therapy and Quality Standards developments. Jo joined the scoping committee for NICE CG180, joined the NICE PDA in AF and the NICE-BMJ-Q working groups.

Currently a carer and part time independent consultant, Jo is a member of the ORANGE research steering group, UCL Partners AF committee and CareAF.

Dr Tessa Lewis

General Practitioner and Medical Advisor in Therapeutics, Wales

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Tessa has a diploma in therapeutics and was the GP prescribing lead within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (2002-2011) and Medical Advisor to All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre. She chaired the All Wales Prescribing Advisory Group (2008 -2013) which promotes the safe and effective use of medicines and develops AWMSG National Prescribing Indicators. She has led the development and implementation of therapeutic guidance, for example, All Wales Advice on the Role of Oral Anticoagulants.

Tessa is also a standing committee member on one of NICE’s Quality Standards Advisory Committees. Tessa is the Vice chair of the NICE “Antimicrobial stewardship” guideline development group and was the Chair for the group that developed the NICE medicines practice guideline for “Safe use and management of controlled drugs”.

Mrs Linn Phipps

Lay member

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Linn has served as a Chair, Non-Executive Director and Lay Adviser in health and care for nearly 20 years. She takes a special interest in good governance, outcomes, and how patient and public voice can be embedded in health and care to improve outcomes.

Currently she is a lay member on the NICE's Highly Specialised Technologies Evaluation Committee and Indicator Advisory Committee.

Dr Allison Streetly OBE BA, MB B Chir, MSC, FFPH

Deputy Director Healthcare Public Health, Public Health England

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Allison set up and led the NHS Sickle Cell and thalassaemia screening programme establishing it as a world leading model programme (OBE). She has extensive experience of leading teams, working in partnership and delivering multiple and complex projects including successful implementation of a national screening programme focused on minority ethnic groups.

Allison’s portfolio of work includes contributing to the: Foetal, Maternal & Child Health subgroup of NSC, NHS Atlas Childhood of Variation, Human Genetics Commission report, NCEPOD, NSC Non-cancer screening reporting group, Chair of Key Performance Indicators group, and maternity data set development.

Dr Waqas Tahir


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Waqas joined Westcliffe Medical Practice in 2013. The practice has now developed into Affinity Care (super-partnership comprising 8 practices and a population of 65K). He also works as a GPwER in Diabetes, advising and teaching local GPs and nurses. As the SRO for Diabetes, he has system responsibility for clinical governance and has been leading the re-design of diabetes services, outcome measures and quality indicators across 2 CCGs in Bradford with a focus on cardio-metabolic pathways.

He has a particular interest in translating evidence into practice, cardio-metabolic medicine, multi-morbidity and the role of technology and innovation in the delivery of patient care.

Mary Weatherstone

GP Practice Pharmacist Coastal Partnership, Specialist Commissioning Pharmacist NEL CSU (Anglia)

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Mary is a Pharmacist Prescriber working for a large GP Practice in East Anglia, as part of a collaborative practice team implementing improvements to patient care through QOF. With a Diploma and MSc in Prescribing Sciences, she has a particular interest in medicines optimisation and has experience of work in research, hospital, specialist commissioning, community and primary care. She is a member of several national groups and Committees promoting medicines optimisation in the NHS and also is a NICE Medicines & Prescribing Associate, facilitating implementation of local NICE recommendations.

Dr Victoria Welsh

GP and NIHR clinical lecturer in general practice

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Victoria completed her training in general practice in Staffordshire in 2011. She now works as a general practitioner in Berkshire. Having obtained a PhD in Primary Care Sciences, her research expertise lies in epidemiology, care of older people and health services research.

Victoria has been a specialist committee member for our falls prevention Quality Standard. She also has an interest in global health where she is involved with research aiming to improve health and well being in low and middle income countries.

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