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Newcastle University

Tom is a doctor, academic and ex-software engineer. His interest in Learning Healthcare Systems stems from a frustration with the inadequate evidence base that he encounters in his clinical work and the apparent inability of traditional methodologies to bridge the gap. In recent years, Tom has written reports on other healthcare policy issues for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Mental Health, NHS England, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and others. He has held management positions with the Care Quality Commission and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and committee and associate positions with Monitor, BMA and GMC. He has also worked as a management consultant for PwC and BDO. Tom is currently the Senior Clinical Lead for Data at NHS Digital, the organisation that collects, analyses and distributes data for the English National Health System.



Newcastle University

Fergus trained as a doctor at Newcastle University and has worked as a junior doctor within the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust over the past three years. He has maintained a strong interest in the application of technology to the domain of healthcare following his Masters course in Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology and hopes to continue with this field of research in the future.



Newcastle University

Gaurish is an associate lecturer at the University of Manchester where he is a cohort tutor on the Masters level Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme for the NHS. He is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Durham, researching leadership and followership in the English NHS.Using ethnographic research methods, including auto ethnography, it explores what drives us when we are following our leaders. Gaurish started his career as a doctor, working as a house officer in North India. He has held various positions as a manager in the NHS and the independent care sector in the UK.

Project Supervisor



Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics, Deputy Director

Prof Vale is a researcher with an international reputation in economic evaluation and health technology assessment and has contributed significantly to the growth in the use of systematic reviews and economic modelling in this field. This expertise is built on over 15 years of health economics experience. He currently holds the Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics at Newcastle University where he leads the Health Economics Group. Prior to joining Newcastle University he led an independent academic group that conducted appraisals of new and existing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

2015 Report Advisory Panel

Prof Luke Vale

Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics, Institute of Health and Society

Dr Jonathan Richardson

Chair Royal College of Psychiatry Informatics Committee

Prof Paula Whitty

Director, North East Quality Observatory

Dr Wai Keong Wong

past-chair of CCIO Leaders Network Advisory Board

Prof John Fox

Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Prof Brendan Delaney

Wolfson Chair of General Practice


This project is run by the Institute of Population Health Sciences, Newcastle University and is funded by The Health Foundation.