Health Technology Assessment (HTA)

In this section you can read more on the people involved in the assessment of applications for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, read the minutes of previous funding decisions and obtain more information on becoming a reviewer or a panel member

New developments in health research funding are transforming the way research in the NHS is organised and carried out. The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme invites and works with a range of individuals to meet the research needs of the NHS. Their support and input allows us to fund high-quality, evidence-based, value for money research.

The people who work in, work with or use NHS services provide vital input into all stages of the NIHR HTA Programme.

Members of the HTA advisory groups are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with HTA business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within the HTA programme in line with the Conflicts of Interest Policy. All members are asked to complete the Register of Interest form (annually), which is intended to capture long term predictable interests that could be perceived to lead to conflicts of interest. These and other interests are judged on a case by case basis at individual meetings. View the Register of Interests for each HTA programme advisory group.

Our director

Tom Walley

Professor Hywel Willliams, is an internationally respected and published Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Co-director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at Nottingham University. He was Deputy Director of the HTA Programme and chair of the HTA Commissioning Board 2010 to 2015.

Watch the latest director's message. 

Our boards

The HTA Boards meet three times a year to assess the scientific merit of proposals submitted to both the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, including themed calls and evidence synthesis proposals, and to make funding recommendations to the HTA Prioritisation Group (PG).

HTA Commissioning Board

Professor Deborah Ashby, OBE Deputy Head of the School of Public Health, Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Imperial College, London
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor Simon Gilbody Professor in Health Services Research, University of York
Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University College London
Professor Joy Adamson Professor of applied health research & ageing, Newcastle University
Professor Steven Brown Colorectal Surgery, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Mr Paul Charlton Public board member
Professor Gary Collins Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Oxford
Professor Saul Faust Professor of paediatric immunology & infectious diseases, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Richard Grieve Health Economist, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dr Gail Hayward Academic Clinical Lecturer & General Practitioner, University of Oxford
Mr Rakesh Heer Consultant Urologist, University of Newcastle
Professor Catherine Hewitt Deputy Director, York Trials Unit
Professor Pat Hoddinott Chair in Primary Care, University of Stirling
Professor Robert Howard Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London, and University College, London; Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Pip Logan Professor of Rehabilitation Research, University of Nottingham
Professor William McGuire Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hull York Medical School
Mr Daniel Perry Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Liverpool
Dr Greta Rait Reader in Primary Care & General Practitioner, University College London
Professor Chris Rogers Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Bristol
Professor Jonathan Ross University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Tracey Sach Health Economist, University of East Anglia
Professor Andrew Shennan, OBE Professor of Obstetrics, King's College London
Professor Sobha Sivaprasad Consultant Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital
Mr David Symes Public member
Dr Catrin Tudur-Smith Reader in Medical Statistics, University of Liverpool
Dr Katrina Turner Qualitative Methologist, University of Bristol

HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board

Professor Steven Goodacre Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor Julia Brown Director, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research
Dr Kate Brown Consultant Paediatric Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Hon Reader Institute Cardiovascular Science UCL
Professor Lucy Chappell NIHR Research Professor in Obstetrics, King's College London
Professor Tim Coleman Professor of Primary Care, University of Nottingham
Dr Charlotte Coles  Reader in Breast Radiation Oncology, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit
Professor Lorraine De Souza Professor of Rehabilitation, Brunel University
Professor David Ekers Honorary Visiting Professor and Nurse Consultant, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust/University of York (Mental Health and Addictions Research Group)
Dr Richard Emsley   Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London
Professor Paul Ewings Director, NIHR Research Design Service, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Amanda Farrin Professor of Clinical Trials, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds
Professor William Hollingworth Professor of Health Economics, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
Dr Susan Jowett Reader in Health Economics, Institute for Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham
Mrs Deborah Keatley Public board member 
Professor Peter Langhorne Professor of Stroke Care and Geriatric Medicine, ICAMS, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Associate Professor Daniel Lasserson Senior Clinical Researcher, Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford
Dr Jennifer Logue Clinical Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor Alan Montgomery Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, University of Nottingham
Mr Thomas Pinkney Senior Lecturer and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Academic Department of Surgery, University of Birmingham
Associate Professor Daniel Prieto-Alhambra  Associate Professor & NIHR Clinician Scientist, NDORMS, University of Oxford
Dr Kathryn Radford  Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Research (Long Term Conditions), Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham
Dr Athanasios Saratzis NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Surgery (Vascular), Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Leicester University
Professor Sharon Simpson  Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
Professor Stephanie Taylor Professor in Public Health and Primary Care, Barts and the Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry
Ms Gail Thornton Public board member 
Professor Douglas Tincello Professor of Urogynaecology, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester
Professor Edwin Van Teijlingen Professor of Reproductive Health Research, Bournemouth University
Professor Scott Weich Professor of Psychiatry, University of Warwick

HTA General Board

Professor Andrew Farmer Professor of General Practice, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor John Norrie Chair of Medical Statistics and Trial Methodology, Director of Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) University of Edinburgh
Professor Julie Brittenden Professor of Vascular Surgery, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
Mr Alan Chant Public board member
Professor Mike Clarke Professor/Director of MRC Methodology Hub, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Matt Costa Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
Dr Fay Crawford Senior Research Advisor, Research and Development, NHS Fife
Professor Rumona Dickson Professor of Health Services Research, Institute Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool
Dr Jon Dorling Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham
Ms Jennifer Hirst Senior Systematic Reviewer and Research Officer, University of Oxford
Professor Kerry Hood Director of the Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University
Professor Nick James Director of the Cancer Research Centre, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Associate Professor Ed Juszczak Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford
Professor Julia Lawton Professor of Health and Social Science, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Professor Steff Lewis Personal Chair in Medical Statistics,  University of Edinburgh
Professor Danny McAuley Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Centre for Infection and Immunity, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Rumana Omar Professor of Medical Statistics, Department of Statistical Science, University College London 
Professor Rupert Pearse Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Marys University of London
Professor Mark Peters Professor of Paediatric Intensive Care, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Professor Craig Ramsay Professor of Health Care Evaluation, Director of the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
Dr Matthew Ridd Consultant Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
Mrs Amanda Roberts Public board member
Professor Christine Roffe Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Keele University
Dr Marc Serfaty Reader in Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London
Dr Sarah Stock  Senior Clinical Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh
Dr Andrew Sutton Associate Professor in Decision Analytic Modelling, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds
Dr Sara Twaddle Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Professor Olivia Wu Professor in Health Technology Assessments, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Our panels

The HTA Programme is supported by five advisory panels and one prioritisation group focused on prioritising potential research topics for the commissioned research workstream and applications received from researchers for the researcher-led (CET workstream) funding stream.

Emergency and Hospital Care

Remit: this panel focuses on interventions delivered in hospital or managed in the community by hospital specialists. This includes all clinical therapies (including those delivered by paramedical staff), rehabilitation and relevant devices.

Professor Yoon Loke Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of East Anglia
Dr Kathy Bamford Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Daniele Bryden Consultant in Critical Care Medicine & Anaesthesia, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Michael Callaghan Professor of Clinical Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Pratima Chowdary Consultant Haematologist, Royal Free Hospital
Dr Anthony De Soyza  Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant, Newcastle University 
Dr Francis Fatoye  Reader in Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Margot Gosney  Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Dr Bernard Gudgin  Public Contributor
Dr Penny Kechagioglou Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Coventry University Hospital
Dr Harpreet Kohli  Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lanarkshire
Dr James Larcombe  General Practitioner (Principal/Partner), Skerne Medical Practice, County Durham
Professor Fiona Lecky  Professor and NHS Consultant, University of Sheffield
Dr Adam Mackridge  Pharmacist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Dr Ben O’Brien Clinical Director, Department of Perioperative Medicine, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Barts Heart Centre
Dr Edward Roddy Clinical Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Keele University
Dr Clare Louise Sandell Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight
Mr Paul Skaife Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital Aintree
Dr Peter Watkinson Consultant intensive Care Physician, University of Oxford

Interventional Procedures

Remit: this panel considers interventions involving surgery, interventional radiology, and radiotherapy. It also consider research questions where these interventional procedures are compared against others e.g. drugs.

Professor Andrew Bradbury Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust , Birmingham
Dr Mohamed Abdel-Fattah Consultant Urogynaecologist, University of Aberdeen
Dr Dianne Addei Lead Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS England Specialised Commissioning Team (London Region)
Dr Owen Boyd  Consultant in Intensive Care Anaesthesia, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals 
Professor Usha Chakravarthy Professor of Opthalmology, The Queen's University of Belfast Trust
Dr Julie Cox Consultant Radiologist, City Hospitals Sunderland
Mr Ravi De Silva Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Papworth Hospital
Professor Jeremy Fairbank Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and University of Oxford
Professor Mark Gabbay  Professor of General Practice, Head of Department of Health Services Research, University of Liverpool 
Dr Steve Holmes General Practitioner, The Park Medical Centre, Shepton Mallet 
Professor Peter Hutchinson  Professor of Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon – University of Cambridge/Addenbrooke’s Hospital 
Mr Simon Knight Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Honorary Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
Professor Mamas A Mamas Professor of Interventional Cardiology, Keele University
Professor Peter McCulloch Professor of Surgical Science and Practice, University of Oxford
Professor Vinidh Paleri Consultant Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mr Anil Reddy Robotic Colorectal Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
Miss Mandy Rudczenko Public Contributor
Professor Rob Sayers  Professor of Vascular Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary
Professor David Sebag-Montefiore Audrey and Stanley Burton Professor of Clinical Oncology, University of Leeds, Leeds Cancer Centre
Mr Sami Shimi Consultant Surgeon, University of Dundee
Mr Andrew Thorpe Consultant Urologist, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ms Sarah Tyrie Public Contributor
Professor Phil White  Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Newcastle University 

Women and Children’s Health

Remit: this panel focuses on interventions in the fields of obstetrics, paediatrics, neonatal and specific maternal mental health issues.

Professor Peter Brocklehurst Professor of Women's Health, Director of the Institue of Women's Health, University College London
Professor Allan Colver Professor of Community Child Health, Newcastle University
Professor Sir Alan Craft Professor and Consultant Paediatrician
Mrs Sarah Crane Public Contributor 
Dr Paul Crouchman GP, Cheltenham
Dr Jon Dorling Consultant Neonatologist & Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Rebecca Harmston  Public Contributor  
Professor Richard Holt  Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Southampton
Dr Sara Kenyon Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Dr Niina Kolehmainen Senior Research Fellow / Honorary Consultant Allied Health Professional
Prof Monica Lakhanpaul Consultant Community Paediatrician, UCL Institute of Child Health
Dr Pam Loughna Senior Lecturer/Consultant Obstetrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Ms Jennifer McAnuff Occupational Therapist & NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Leeds Community Health NHS Trust
Dr Julie Mytton Associate Professor in Child Health, University of the West of England, Bristol
Professor Jane Norman Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Edinburgh University
Ms Sally Pastellas Senior Commissioning Manager Children and Maternity Commissioning
Dr Maggie Redshaw Senior Research Fellow, Social Scientist
Mrs Lucia Rocca-Ihenacho  Consultant Midwife for Public Health, St George's NHS Trust 
Dr Lyvonne Tume Nurse, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Dr Ann Van den Bruel Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Mr Nic Vine Public Contributor
Dr Martin Ward-Platt Consultant Paediatrician (neonatal medicine) / Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine / Clinical Director, Regional Maternity Survey office (Public Health England)

Mental Health

Remit: this panel focuses on therapies relating to mental health and psychological disorders at all ages including diagnosis of mental illness or cognitive deficits and learning difficulty, as well as therapies used in any aspect of occupational health.

Dr Howard Ring Consultant & University Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
Professor Marios Adamou Consultant Psychiatrist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Sube Banerjee Professor of Dementia and Associate Dean, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Dr Sarmishtha Bhattacharyya Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of  Chester
Professor Chris Burton  Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield
Dr David Christmas  Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Moira Connolly Consultant in Psychiatry, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 
Professor Diane Cox Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria
Dr Bernadka Dubicika Honorary Reader and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University of Manchester
Professor Paul French Associate Director, Psychosis Research Unit, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Mr Clive Hodgeon Public Contributor
Professor Oliver Howes Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, King's College London
Dr Artemis Igoumenou Clinical Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry, Queen Mary's University London
Ms Emma Kinloch Public Contributor
Dr Ira Madan Consultant and Honorary Reader in Occupational Medicine, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London
Dr David Ndegwa Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Ian Norman Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care, Kings College London
Professor Stephen Priebe Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary, University of London and Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development
Dr Greta Rait Reader in Primary Care, University College London, and General Practitioner
Dr Richard Reading Consultant Community Paediatrician, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Professor John Rose  Director of Forensic Clinical Psychiatry, University of Birmingham 
Professor Roz Shafran Chair in Translational Psychology, University College London
Mr Richard Tomlin  Public Contributor
Dr Tim Williams Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Nat Wright  Clinical Research Director, Transform Research Alliance, Spectrum Community Healthcare CIC and Visiting Associate Professor, University of Leeds 
Dr Arnold Zermansky Portfolio GP and Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Primary Care

Remit: this panel focuses on interventions delivered in primary care or the community, including community nursing, community rehabilitation, relevant devices and palliative care. The panel also focuses on disease prevention interventions including NHS public health, health promotion and vaccinations.

Professor Clare Wilkinson Professor of General Practice and Director of Research, North Wales Clinical School, Bangor University and GP
Dr Claire Ballinger Principal Research Fellow and Lead, Patient and Public Involvement, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Dr Elizabeth Cottrell NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, Keele University and GP
Professor Peter Crome Honorary Professor, University College London
Professor David Fitzmaurice  Professor of Cardiorespiratory Primary Care, University of Warwick and GP
Dr Michelle Hall Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham
Dr Tess Harris  Reader in Primary Care, St George's University of London and GP 
Dr Melvyn Jones Senior Clinical Lecturer, University College  London and GP
Miss Emily Lam Public Contributor 
Mr David Liggins  Public Contributor 
Dr Kamal Mahtani Deputy Director Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford and GP
Miss Eloise Phillips Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Marlise Poolman Clinical Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, North Wales Clinical School, Bangor University
Dr Sarah Slight Reader in Pharmacy Practice, University of Durham
Professor Mike Thomas  Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Southampton and GP 
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown  Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London and GP 
Ms Shazma Waqas  Public Contributor 
Dr Geoff Wong  Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford 

Prioritisation Group

Research priorities decided by the Topic Identification, Development and Evaluation (TIDE) panels are ultimately agreed by the Prioritisation Group (PG); which ensures appropriate balance, value for money, and quality. The group is also responsible for ratifying and ranking proposals recommended by the programme’s funding boards for submission to the Department of Health for final decision and approval.

Professor Hywel Williams Director of HTA Programme, NIHR
Deputy ChairsOrganisation
Professor Deborah Ashby Deputy Head of the School of Public Health, Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials, Imperial College London
Professor Andrew Bradbury Sampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery and Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, University of Birmingham
Professor Peter Brocklehurst  Professor of Women’s Health, Director, Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham 
Professor Steve Goodacre  Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield 
Dr Edmund Jessop  Specialised Commissioning Team, NHS England 
Professor Yoon Loke  Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia 
Dr Howard Ring Consultant and University Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge 
Professor Clare Wilkinson Professor of General Practice & Director of Research, Department of Primary care and Public Health, Bangor University



To assure the scientific quality of its research, the HTA Programme relies upon the help of external reviewers to review:

  • the research and commissioning briefs it produces
  • the research proposals it receives
  • the final reports of research findings

External reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of HTA Programme research and are sought from a variety of fields, including clinical, methodological and those who use NHS services.

View a list of HTA 2017 reviewers.