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DR TOM FOLEY

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Newcastle University


Thomas.foley@newcastle.ac.uk


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.

DR FERGUS FAIRMICHAEL

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Newcastle University


Fergus.Fairmichael@ncl.ac.uk


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.

REMCO BENTHEM DE GRAVE

PHD CANDIDATE AND WEB DEVELOPER

Newcastle University

Remco Benthem de Grave is a PhD candidate in Behaviour Informatics and Human Computer Interaction at Newcastle University. He studies how digital technology can be developed to reduce the value-behaviour gap in food purchases. He’s particularly interested in empowering people in reducing the environmental footprint by providing useful information and presenting it in simple ways. As a side project, Remco developed this website.

DR RAGHDA ZAHRAN

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Newcastle University

In her doctoral research, I looked at how academics’ autonomies rise through their teaching experiences with cloud computing and cloud-based services. She is interested in ways that autonomy is constructed in the frames of digital and professional ethics through the utilisation of emerging technologies. She is also interested in arts and digital graffiti as venues for expression. In Newcastle University, She is part of the Open Lab Education Team and IDEA FAST Device Testing Group. I bring to IDEA FAST experience in developing digital solutions for healthcare providers and clinical research and establishing prosperous partnerships. She works with diverse software development teams and teach in Education and Computer Science. She chaired the HaSS Annual Showcase, participated in the Interdisciplinary College (IK), CHI All Inclusion and ACM Aspire. Together with Tom, Raghda wrote the 2021 update of the Learning Healthcare Project report.


Project Supervisor

PROFESSOR LUKE VALE

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


HOSTS AND FUNDERS

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