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QResearch Advisory Board In Detail

Ms Vanessa Young

Vanessa is a Trustee of the EMIS National User Group (Registered Charity number 1072834) and the Chair. She is practice manager in Surrey at a practice with 6,500 patients. Vanessa also works for NHS Digital as an advisor as the Practice Manager Specialist Matter expert and is co-chair for the practice management network.


Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox

Julia Hippisley-Cox is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the University of Oxford. Julia is a Professorial Fellow and a Trustee of St Anne's College Oxford. Julia is an Honorary Consultant with NHS England and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. She trained in general practice and clinical epidemiology at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham. She is a co-director of the QResearch database and is responsible for its design, implementation, validation, day to day running and for establishing and monitoring systems to make the data available for research and for health service analysis. Her main interest, though, is undertaking research using QResearch and other data sources to answer questions regarding causes of disease, risks and benefits of treatments and patterns of health service usage. She works one day a week as a local General Practitioner in Oxfordshire.

Memberships and Interests: 

  • Founder, shareholder and former director of ClinRisk Ltd. - a medical software company which supplies open and closed source software to help the reliable implementation of risk prediction algorithms into clinical practice.
  • Trustee and Committee member of the National EMIS User Group.
  • Member of Steering Committee for Centre for Personalised Medicine, which is based at St Anne's College.
  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioner
  • Member of the British Medical Association


Antony Chuter

Antony Chuter is passionate about improving healthcare for all in the UK. He has lived with chronic pain for over 22 years and he is especially interested in patient safety and also E-Health. He chairs the Patient Liaison Committee at the British Pain Society, is chair of Pain UK; a charity which works to improve the support and care of people who live with pain and he is a past chair of the Patient Partnership Group at the RCGP.

Antony is an experienced lay co applicant - having worked on more than 6 national projects. He believes that healthcare research is the way to make substantial change in patient safety, care and experience of healthcare in the UK and beyond.

Competing Interests: none​


Dr Patricia Wilkie

Patricia Wilkie is a social scientist particularly interested in the patient perspective. She is Chair and honorary president of the National Association for Patient Participation. She has spent much of her working life as a researcher in academic departments of medicine. Research topics included the ethical, social and psychological implications of genetic disease, of HIV and Aids and aspects of changes in prescribing. Patricia helped establish the National Childbirth Trust in Scotland and has worked with many voluntary organisations including the Huntington Chorea Association and the Patients Association.

Patricia established patient groups in several Medical Royal Colleges and was the first lay co-opted member on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and chairman of their lay committee. She has chaired a research ethics committee and has been a lay associate at the GMC. She was one of the first of two lay members of the Committee on Safety for Medicines and chaired the working group on patient reporting of adverse drug reactions​.

Competing Interests: none​​


Mr Jon Ford

Jonathan (Jon) Ford is a retired economist. He was educated at Colfe’s School and the University of Kent. After working in econometrics in the electricity supply industry, he joined the British Medical Association (BMA) in 1976 as an Economic Research Officer and retired as head of its Health Policy and Economic Research Unit (HPERU) in 2013. A specialist in Labour Economics originally, his interests now include Health Economics, Resource Allocation and Health and Social Policy.

Competing Interests: none


Mr Derek Stewart

Derek C Stewart, OBE, was treated successfully for throat cancer in 1995. A former teacher he became involved in numerous aspects of patient involvement and advocacy at a local, regional and national level. He was a member of the National Cancer Research Institute and subsequently chaired at various points the UK confederation of Cancer Biobanks, Gedling PCT, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership and the local Citizen's Advice. For more details see here​.

Competing Interests: Associate Director with NIHR Clinical Research Network
Director for Patient Involvement at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre


Dr Caroline Mitchell

I have have been a GP partner for over 30 years. In addition to part time clinical practice,  I joined the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care at the University of Sheffield in 1993, initially as an undergraduate teacher and later as a Senior Clinical Lecturer.  I lead the ‘Under-served populations’ research theme in the department and my research and clinical practice focuses on inclusion health.

My research interests are in the overlap of physical health problems with severe mental illness and / or substance use and in co-design approaches to support inclusive primary care research with underserved populations.

I have both quantitative and qualitative research methods expertise including the RCT evaluation of complex interventions in primary care.

Competing Interests: none


Dr Jonathan Meadows

Born and schooled in Leicester, I graduated from Nottingham University in 1991, with a BMedSci, BM BS (Hons) in Medicine, and started my medical career in Cumbria. Thereafter, I worked within the Yorkshire region in Medicine and then Anaesthetics, until 1996. My interest in Information Technology then attracted me to leave Medicine for a time and complete an MSc in Information Processing at York University in 1997. I never resumed my medical career, but instead immediately secured a position within EMIS as Code Manager. I established a new Department of Coding and Drug Information, which operates as the central medical informatics service within EMIS. My special interest is in logical data modelling and database implementation.

Competing Interests: none

Professor Rafael Perera

Rafael Perera is Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Oxford. His main activity is as Director of the Statistics Group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. He has overseen the development of one of the strongest methodological/statistical groups in the UK while leading or collaborating in a number of research activities in the department. He sits on a range of national and international boards that influence healthcare policy at different levels. He is also a statistical editor of the BMJ and the BMJ-Evidence Based Medicine journal. 

Conflicts of interest: None declared.


Professor Carol Coupland

Carol Coupland is a Professor of Medical Statistics in Primary Care at the University of Nottingham and works one day a week as a senior researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. She has conducted many research projects using QResearch data which have been published in high impact journals such as the BMJ. Her key research interests are in the development and validation of algorithms for predicting risk of disease and evaluating safety of commonly prescribed medications.

Competing Interests: Consultant for ClinRisk Ltd.


Dr Paula Dhiman 

At the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Paula investigates how medical research is done, which is known as meta-research or ‘research on research’. She focuses on the methodological conduct and reporting of non-randomised research, with a view to help improve the quality and integrity of future research. Her work is funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and will include a methodological audit of studies funded under any NIHR BRC. 

Much of her work experience has been as a medical statistician within Primary Care at the University of Nottingham. More recently, she worked as an advisor for the Research Design Service (East Midlands), helping researchers and clinicians apply for funding for their research through study design, and grant writing. 

She was awarded a PhD in Medical Statistics (Primary Care) from the University of Nottingham in 2015. She investigated the methodology behind how new risk factors are assessed and incorporated into established risk prediction models. Her research led me to combine statistical and health economic methodologies to assess new risk factors by means of their cost effectiveness.

Competing Interests: None