Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR)

In this section you can read more on the people involved in the assessment of applications for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, read the minutes of previous funding decisions and obtain more information on becoming a reviewer or a committee member

A large number of people are involved in assessing the research proposals received by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme to ensure that the projects are assessed in a clear and fair way, embracing the latest expertise, knowledge and opinion.

Members of HS&DR Advisory Committees are required to declare any interests which conflict, or may be considered to conflict, with HS&DR business, or may be perceived as influencing decisions made in the course of their work within the HS&DR programme in line with the Conflicts of Interest Policy. 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 HS&DR programme advisory group.

Our director

Tom WalleyProfessor Jo Rycroft-Malone is Programme Director and Chair of the HS&DR Funding Committee (for both the commissioned and researcher-led workstream). She is Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research, Head of School for Healthcare Sciences and Academic Lead for Impact at Bangor University.  Jo has established an international reputation for research that bridges the evidence – practice gap and has accumulated a body of work focussed on processes, interventions and outcomes for improving health services and care delivery through mixed methods.

Watch the latest director's message.

HS&DR Funding Committee

The HS&DR Funding Committee assesses full proposals received through the commissioned and researcher-led workstreams, primarily for scientific quality and value for money. The committee is composed of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to healthcare delivery research, and public contributors.

Chair and Programme DirectorOrganisation
Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research, Bangor University
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor Matt Sutton Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester
Dr Sarah Louise Alderson NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Leeds
Professor Ruth Boaden Director, CLAHRC, Greater Manchester, University of Manchester. Independent Academic Advisor on Evaluation to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Professor Annette Boaz Professor of Health Care Research, Kingston University and St George's University of London
Professor Chris Bojke Chair in Health Economics (Specialising in Health Technology Assessment) University of Leeds
Dr Andrew Booth Reader (Health Informatics) School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR) University of Sheffield
Ms Jennifer Bostock Public Contributor
Professor Kevin Brazil Professor of Palliative Care, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Peter Brindle Medical Director (Clinical Effectiveness) Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs
Professor Paul Brocklehurst Director of NWORTH and Professor of Health Services Research, University of Bangor
Dr Peter Coventry Senior Lecturer Health Services Research Department of Health Sciences University of York
Professor Roshan das Nair Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology, University of Nottingham
Dr Sandra Duggan Public Contributor
Professor Mark Exworthy Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham
Mr Bernard Gudgin Public Contributor
Professor Martin Gulliford Professor of Public Health, King’s College London
Professor Kamlesh Khunti Professor of Primary Care Diabetes & Vascular Medicine Diabetes Research Centre University of Leicester
Dr Mark Lambert Consultant in Specialised Services Public Health, Public Health England
Professor Louise Locock Professor of Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen
Ms Jenny McKibben Public Contributor
Professor James Mason Professor of Health Economics, University of Warwick
Dr Rachel Meacock Senior Lecturer Health Economics, The University of Manchester
Dr Ghazala Mir Associate Professor, Psychiatric and Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds
Professor Stephen Morris Professor of Health Economics, University College London
Dr Mark Pearson Senior Lecturer in Implementation Science & Knowledge Mobilisation, Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, Hull York Medical School
Professor Kathryn Rowan Director of Scientific & Strategic Development/ CTU Director, Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre
Professor Julius Sim  Professor of Health Care Research, University of Keele
Mr Steve Sparks NHS RightCare Delivery Partner, NHS England
Dr Louella Vaughan Senior Clinical Fellow Acute Medicine, The Nuffield Trust
Professor Fiona Verity Director, Wales School for Social Care Research, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University
Dr Alan Watkins Associate Professor (Statistics) Swansea University
Associate MemberOrganisation
Roman Kislov Associate to Professor Ruth Boaden
Peter O'Halloran Associate to Professor Kevin Brazil
Zoë Hoare Associate to Professor Paul Brocklehurst
Nicola Gale Associate to Professor Mark Exworthy
Karen Newbigging Associate to Professor Mark Exworthy
Jessica Sheringham Associate to Professor Stephen Morris
Katie Gillies Associate to Professor Louise Locock


HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (Commissioned)

The HS&DR Prioritisation Committee ( commissioned) assesses outline proposals received through the commissioned workstream, primarily for importance to the NHS. The committee also considers the need for research across a range of key topics, and helps to refine and develop commissioning briefs to be advertised to the researcher community. The committee is composed of senior NHS managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors.

Dr Peter Brindle Medical Director (Clinical Effectiveness), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor Judith Smith Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management, University of Birmingham
Miss Alison Allam Public Contributor
Mr Jan Filochowski  Retired CEO (Great Ormond Street Hospital)
Dr Rebecca Fisher Senior Lecturer Stroke Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham
Dr Nicola Hilton NHS Manager, Medicine & Cardiac, St  Georges Hospital
Professor Carmel Hughes Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy, Queens University Belfast
Dr Suzanne Ii Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford
Professor Sue Jordan Professor of Health Services Research (personal research chair), Swansea University
Professor Umesh Kadam Professor of Primary Care and Public Health Research, University of Leicester
Dr Mona Kanaan Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) Health Research and Statistics, University of York
Dr Paul McDonald Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care, Newman University Birmingham
Dr Richard McNally Reader in Epidemiology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Dr Tiritega Mawaka CHC Manager, NHS Continuing Healthcare
Professor Holly Nelson-Becker Professor of Social Work and Division Lead, Brunel University London
Dr Silviya Nikolova Lecturer in Health Economics, University of Leeds
Dr Adam Noble Lecturer in Health services research (Neurology), University of Liverpool
Mr James Rimmer Chief Executive, Weston Area Health Trust
Dr Carol Rivas Associate Professor, Social Policy and Programme Evaluation, UCL
Professor Sasha Shepperd Professor of Health Services Research, University of Oxford
Mrs Victoria Tatton  Registered Practitioner (Social work)
Professor Lois Thomas Professor of Health Services Research, University of Central Lancashire
Professor Carl Thompson Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown General Practitioner and CCG Lead in Integrated Care and Research, NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group
Ms Elizabeth Wade Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Improvement
Mrs Adele Webb Public Contributor
Ms Charlotte Williams Group Director - Strategy & New Care Models at Basildon, Mid Essex and Southend Hospital Group, Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Iestyn Williams Reader in Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham
Dr Amber Young Consultant Paediatric Burns Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust


HS&DR Prioritisation Committee (Researcher-led)

The HS&DR Prioritisation Committee ( Researcher -led) assesses outline proposals received through the researcher-led workstream, primarily for importance to the NHS. The committee is composed of senior NHS managers and clinicians, academic experts and public contributors.

Dr Mark Lambert Consultant in Specialised Services Public Health, Public Health England
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Dr Rebecca Randell Associate Professor in Applied Health Research, University of Leeds
Professor Rob Anderson Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, University of Exeter
Dr Mo Aye Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 
Dr Jessica Baxendale Senior Analytical Manager, Operational Research & Evaluation Unit NHS England
Dr Alex Bottle Reader in Medical Statistics, Imperial College London 
Ms Dawn Craig Principle Scientist (Evidence Synthesis), University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Sarah Finer  Clinical Senior Lecturer in Diabetes,  Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr Tim Freeman Associate Professor, Business School, Middlesex University 
Dr Lorna Gibson Senior Manager, NHS Improvement on secondment from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Julie Hankin Executive medical director / R&D Director, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
Dr Kerryn Husk Senior Research Fellow- Health Services, University of Plymouth
Ms Doreen Joseph Public Contributor
Ms Alison Ledward  Public Contributor
Professor Brendan McCormack  Professor and Head of the Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University
Dr Abeda Mulla Transformation Programme Manager, Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Dr Rhiannon Phillips Research Fellow Health Services Research and Health Psychology, Cardiff University
Professor Catherine Pope Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Southampton
Professor Sarah Purdy Head of School, Bristol Medical School and Professor of Primary care, University of Bristol
Dr Rebecca Randell Associate Professor in Applied Health Research, University of Leeds
Dr Karen Ritchie Deputy Director, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Mrs Jean Simpson Public Contributor
Ms Peta Stross Head of Integration, System Leadership for Health and Social Care
Ms Alison Thompson Head of R&D, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Catherine Walshe Professor in Palliative Care, Lancaster University
Professor Robert West Professor of Biostatistics, University of Leeds



Our community of reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the HS&DR Programme projects and outputs. They are sought from a variety of fields, including from those who work in and use NHS services.

To demonstrate our gratitude to our reviewers and acknowledge the important work they do for the programme the names of past year’s reviewers are listed on our website. Please click the link below to access the list:

View a list of HS&DR 2017 reviewers.