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Research for Patient Benefit - North West Regional Advisory Committee


Published: 01 January 2019

Version: 4.0 - October 2023

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NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Professor Katherine Berry is Chair of the North West Regional Advisory Committee for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

Committee members

Name Position Organisation Expertise 
Professor Katherine Berry Professor of Clinical Psychology University of Manchester A health service researcher and clinical psychologist. She specialises in severe mental health problems with a focus developing and evaluating more accessible psychological therapies
Professor Iain Bruce Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist and Professor of Paediatric Otolaryngology Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Paediatric Otolaryngology, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Childhood Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implantation, Bone Conduction Implants
Dr Lesley-Anne Carter Lecturer in Biostatistics University of Manchester Statistician with expertise in research methodology, clinical trials and intensive longitudinal designs. Interest in mental health
Professor Suresh Chhetri Consultant Neurologist Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Neurology, Motor Neuron Disease, end of life care in neurodegenerative conditions
Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons Professor of Healthcare Innovation and Technology Liverpool John Moores University  Mixed methods evaluation of innovative care delivery models, particularly those embedding technology-enabled capacity building
Dr Sonia Gran Associate Professor of Medical Statistics University of Nottingham Conducting large observational studies using routinely collected electronic health data, particularly in the areas of rare skin diseases and skin cancer
Dr Alys Griffiths Senior Research Fellow University of Sheffield Mixed-methods independent research in social care, with a focus on older people's care, dementia and long-term care.I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and also teach qualitative and quantitative research methods to doctoral level students
Dr Ferhana Hashem Reader in Health Services Research  University of Kent  Qualitative methods
Rare and life-limiting conditions
Respiratory health
Palliative and end-of-life care
Mr Alan Holcroft Public Member - -
Mrs Glenys Hunt Public Member  -  -
Professor Gregory Lip Price Evans Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine University of Liverpool Atrial fibrillation, thrombosis, antithrombotic therapy, hypertension, heart failure
Dr Samuel Merriel GP and NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer University of Manchester Primary care cancer diagnosis and implementing and evaluating new diagnostic tests
Dr Matthew Parkes Lecturer in Clinical Trial Statistics University of Oxford Chronic disease clinical trials methodology, statistics, musculoskeletal clinical trials, and outcomes research
Dr Stephen Preece Senior Research Fellow University of Salford -
Mr John Roberts Public Member - -
Dr Eduard Shantsila Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care and Mental Health  University of Liverpool  Research focuses on cardiovascular health in general practice (hypertension, atrial fibrillation, heart failure), ageing and multi-morbidity, using RCT, observational and translational studies.
Mr Steve Telford Public Member  -  -
Dr Laura Ternent Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director RDS NENC Newcastle University Health economics. Economic Evaluation