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 current committee member opportunities

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 committees 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 committee.

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 Committees 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 Programme Oversight Committee.

HTA Funding Committee (Commissioning)

Professor Steven Goodacre Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield
Deputy ChairOrganisation
Professor Simon Gilbody Professor in Health Services Research, University of York
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
Professor Angela Hassiotis Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, University College London
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 Pip Logan Professor of Rehabilitation Research, University of Nottingham
Professor Nick Maskell Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Bristol
Professor Jane Nixon Deputy Director/Professor of Tissue Viability & Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds
Mr Daniel Perry Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Liverpool
Dr Greta Rait Reader in Primary Care & General Practitioner, University College London
Professor Rebecca Reynolds Professor of Metabolic Medicine, The University of Edinburgh
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 Reader in Primary Care Research, Joint-Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol
Professor Nefyn Williams Professor in Primary Care, University of Liverpool

HTA Funding Committee ( CET)

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 David Ekers Nurse Consultant, Mental Health, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
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 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 
Associate Professor Rebecca Kearney  Associate Professor (Clinical), Trauma and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, University of Warwick  
Associate Professor Sally Hopewell   Senior Trialist, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Oxford
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
Professor Daniel Prieto-Alhambra  Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology, 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 Funding Committee ( General) 

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
Miss Kirstin Carswell  Post-CCT Bariatric Surgical Fellow, King's College Hospital
Mr Alan Chant Public board member
Professor Mike Clarke 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 Peter Coventry Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, University of York
Dr Fay Crawford Senior Research Advisor, Research and Development, NHS Fife
Professor Mike Crawford Professor in Mental Health Research, Imperial College London
Dr Jo Dumville Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Research, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester
Professor Simon Gates Professor of Biostatistics and Clinical Trials, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham
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
Professor Asma Khalil Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George's University of London
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 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
Dr Howard Ring Consultant & University Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
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 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 committees

The HTA Programme is supported by three advisory committees and one prioritisation oversight committee.  These will cover the programme’s remit to fund research about the clinical and cost-effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from NHS and social care services.

Prioritisation Committee A

This committee will advise on the development of topics from across the HTA remit but will have strengths in out of hospital care.

Dr Kamal Mahtani Deputy Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford and a GP
Dr Una Adderley Lecturer in Community Nursing, University of Leeds
Mrs Susan Boex Public Member
Professor Paul Brocklehurst Professor of Health Services Research, Bangor University
Professor Chris Burton Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield and Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
Dr Elizabeth Cottrell GP and Research Fellow, Keele University
Dr Sam Creavin Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Bristol
Professor Peter Crome Honorary Professor, University College London
Professor Francis Fatoye Reader in Physiotherapy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor David Fitzmaurice Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Warwick 
Professor Margot Gosney Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Dr Michelle Hall Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham
Dr Tess Harris Professor in Primary Care and GP, St George's, University of London 
Dr Steve Holmes GP, The Park Medical Centre, Shepton Mallet
Dr Eve Hutton Reader in Children & Young People’s Health & Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University
Miss Emily Lam Public Member
Dr James Larcombe Principle and Partner, Skerne Medical Practice
Mr Michael Larkin Public Member
Dr Adam Mackridge Pharmacist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wales
Professor Suzanne Martin Professor of Occupational Therapy, Ulster University 
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
Ms Helen Ramsbottom Public Member
Dr Sarah Slight Reader in Pharmacy Practice, Newcastle University
Mr Stephen Thomas Public Member
Mr Andrew Thorpe Consultant Urologist, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ms Sarah Tyrie Public Member
Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown GP and Clinical Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (Joint Deputy Chair)
Dr Geoff Wong Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Oxford (Joint Deputy Chair)

Prioritisation Committee B

This committee will advise on the development of topics from across the HTA remit but will have strengths in inside hospital care.

Professor Andrew Bradbury Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust , Birmingham
Dr Dianne Addei Lead Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS England Specialised Commissioning Team, London
Mr Richard Ballerand Public Member
Dr Owen Boyd  Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals
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
Professor Usha Chakravarthy Professor of Ophthalmology, The Queen’s University of Belfast Trust
Dr Pratima Chowdary Consultant Haematologist, Royal Free Hospital 
Professor Simon Conroy Geriatrician and Honorary Professor, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Mr Ravi De Silva Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
Dr Anthony De Soyza Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Newcastle University
Miss Alisen Dube Senior Nurse, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Professor Jeremy Fairbank Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and University of Oxford
Dr James Frith Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Newcastle
Professor Mark Gabbay Professor of General Practice and Head of Department, Health Services Research, University of Liverpool
Professor Fang Gao   Professor of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, University of Birmingham 
Mr Roger Gibb Public Member
Professor Peter Hutchinson Professor of Neurosurgery and Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, University of Cambridge and Addenbrook's
Ms Emma Kinloch Public Member
Dr Anne Knowland Public Member
Dr Harpreet Kohli Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lanarkshire
Professor Mamas Mamas Professor of Interventional Cardiology, Keele University
Dr Ronan McMullan Consultant & Senior Lecturer, Queens University Belfast
Dr Benjamin O’Brien  Clinical Director and Professor of Perioperative Medicine, St Bartholomew's Hospital & Barts Heart Centre, and Barts Health NHS Trust 
Miss Priya Patel Darzi Fellow - Multiprofessional Foundation Training, Health Education England
Mr Anil Reddy Robotic Colorectal Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer, James Cook University Hospital and Newcastle University
Dr Edward Roddy Clinical Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Keele University 
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 and Leeds Cancer Centre (Deputy Chair)
Mr Paul Skaife Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital Aintree
Dr Peter Watkinson Consultant Intensive Care Physician, University of Oxford
Professor Phil White Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Newcastle University
Dr Hilary Williams Consultant in Medical Oncology, Velindre Cancer Centre

Prioritisation Committee C

This committee will advise on the development of topics from across the HTA remit but will have strengths in mental health and women and children’s health.

Dr Ira Madan Consultant and Honorary Reader in Occupational Medicine
Professor Marios Adamou Consultant Psychiatrist, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  
Dr Elizabeth Bailey Midwife Research Fellow, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
Professor Sube Banerjee Professor of Dementia & Associate Dean, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
Mrs Marilyn Brass Public Member
Dr Marta Buszewicz Reader in Primary Care, Part-time GP, University College London Medical School
Dr Meena Choudhary Consultant Gynaecologist & Sub Specialist in Reproductive Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr David Christmas Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 
Professor Justin Clark Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, University of Birmingham
Dr Moira Connolly          Consultant in Psychiatry, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Joint Deputy Chair)
 Dr Peter Danielian Consultant in Obstetrics, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
 Dr Bernadka Dubicka 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
 Miss Fiona Gilchrist Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Sheffield
 Professor Jonathan Grigg   Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
 Dr Rebecca Harmston Public Member
 Professor Priscilla Harries Professor of Occupational Therapy and Head of Department, Brunel University London
 Professor Richard Holt Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology and Honorary Consultant Physician, University of Southampton
 Professor Oliver Howes Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, King's College London
 Dr Artemis Igoumenou Clinical Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry, Queen Mary University, London
 Professor Sara Kenyon Professor in Evidence Based Maternity Care, University of Birmingham
 Dr Nina Kolehmainen Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Allied Health Professional, University of Newcastle
 Mrs Julia Melluish Public Member
 Dr Richard Reading Consultant Community Paediatrician, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Professor Maggie Redshaw  Senior Research Fellow, Social Scientist, University of Oxford
 Professor John Rose Director of Forensic Clinical Psychology, University of Birmingham
 Miss Mandy Rudczenko Public Member
 Professor Roz Shafran Chair in Translational Psychology, University College London
 Dr Dimitrios Siassakos Reader (Associate Professor) of Obstetrics, University College London and University College Hospital
 Mrs Polly Smith Public Member
 Dr Lyvonne Tume   Associate Professor in Child Health (Intensive Care Nursing), The University of the West of England, Bristol (Joint Deputy Chair)
 Dr Martin Ward-Platt Consultant Paediatrician (neonatal medicine), Honorary Clinical Reader in Neonatal and Paediatric Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle and Clinical Director, Regional Maternity Survey office, Public Health England
 Dr Nat Wright Clinical Research Director, Transform Research Alliance, Spectrum Communtiy Health CIC and Visiting Associate Professor, Leeds University     
 Dr Simon Wright GP, Partner in Practise, Walkden Medical Centre, Manchester

Programme Oversight Committee

The Programme Oversight Committee is responsible for oversight and approval of commissioning briefs recommended for research by the prioritisation committees.  The group is also responsible for ratifying and ranking proposals recommended by the programme’s funding committees for submission to the Department of Health for final decision and approval.

Professor Hywel Williams Director of HTA Programme, NIHR
Deputy ChairOrganisation
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 Andrew Farmer Professor of General Practice, University of Oxford
Professor Ray Fitzpatrick Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford
Professor Steve Goodacre Professor and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, University of Sheffield 
Mrs Alison Ledward Public Contributor
Dr Ira Madan Consultant and Honorary Reader in Occupational Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation  Trust and King's College London
Dr Kamal Mahtani GP & Deputy Director, Centre for Evidence Based Medicine,  University of Oxford
Mrs Catherine White Public Contributor



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.