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Closing date: 02 December 2019

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Programme Grants for Applied Research - Subcommittee Membership

We are pleased to announce an excellent opportunity has arisen to participate in Programme Grants for Applied Research assessment committees. These prestigious appointments offer senior applied health researchers the chance to take part in and gain experience of making recommendations to NIHR for large scale, high quality programmes of research for the benefit of patients and the NHS.

Programme Director, Health Technology Assessment Programme

The Director of Science, Research and Evidence for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is looking to select an exceptional person to be the Programme Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, in succession to Professor Hywel Williams who steps down from his role in October 2020.

If you believe passionately in evidence-based medicine and making the NHS work better for patients then this is the role for you. Leading this influential programme will allow you to work at the level of the patient, the population and also strategically alongside key influencers in government.

As Director, you will be accountable to Director for Science, Research and Evidence for the DHSC through the Head of Research Programmes. You will be accountable for the programme’s research budget, the overall scientific quality of its portfolio and for probity of decision-making. You will have oversight of the programme’s portfolio of funded studies, currently around 780 contracts. Working within the NIHR, you will have the opportunity to improve the healthcare for patients within the NHS.

The right candidate will be involved in delivering care to NHS patients and have deep and current knowledge and experience of health related research, confident negotiation skills, experience of chairing large committees and a proven track record of research leadership. The role is for six sessions (three days) per week.   The appointment is for five years in the first instance, with a review point after three years. The DHSC will reimburse the successful applicant’s employing institution for their time commitment. The postholder should be able to take up the role from the 1st June 2020 allowing a four month handover with the present post holder.

We embrace diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

For an informal discussion about the role or if you have any questions, please contact Ms Steph Garfield-Birkbeck, Head of the HTA Programme, NETSCC. Email: Tel: 02380 597066.

Applications in the form of a CV together with a supporting statement of suitability should be sent FAO Stephanie Garfield-Birkbeck to

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 2nd December 2019 by 1 pm. The interviews will be held in central London on 19th February 2020.

For more information please read the person specification and job description.