QResearch Advisory Board In Detail

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, has been a lay associate at the GMC, and is an assistant editor of Quality in Primary Care. 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 Mike Walton

Mike is a Trustee of the EMIS National User Group and GP partner in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Mike is also a Board Member, CCIO (Chief Clinical Information Office) and Diabetes lead within his CCD (Heart Valley CCG). He also works regularly as a GP in his local Mental Health Trust Learning Disability Service. In addition to his membership of the QResearch board he is a member of the following organisations: 


  • EMIS NUG Committee, EMIS NUG Conference Committee
  • HSCIC e-Referral Service Advisory Board
  • Board Member and CCIO, Herts Valleys CCG
  • Chair of West Herts Pathology User Group
  • Chair of West Herts Diabetes Clinical Network
  • Chair of St Albans and Region EMIS Local User Group (STARLUG)


Dr Caroline Mitchell

Dr Caroline Mitchell MBChB MD FRCGP DRCOG PGCertMEd, Senior Clinical Lecturer: Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield; GP Principal Woodhouse Health Centre, Sheffield; RCGP Yorkshire and Humber Faculty Board member; GP appraiser and trainer.

I have have been a GP partner for over 20 years. In addition to this, I joined the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care at the University of Sheffield in 1993, initially as an undergraduate teacher. Following a successful application for NHS Culyer funding, I set up a programme of research in Woodhouse Health Centre in partnership with the university. My research interests are in musculoskeletal medicine, management of depresion in primary care and I have specific methodological expertise in the RCT evaluation of complex interventions in primary care, qualitative research and the use of 'mixed methods' in evaluation of service innovations in primary care. 

I have sat on a number of national and local health and research bodies, peer reviewed for the HTA and SDO programmes and peer review for the BJGP. I joined the advisory group for QReseach in 2011.

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-Salazar

Rafael Perera-Salazar 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 professor of Medical Statistics in Primary Care. She has worked in the University of Nottingham for 25 years and is based in the Division of Primary Care. She has conducted many research projects using QResearch data which have been published in high impact journals such as the British Medical Journal.

Competing Interests: Consultant for ClinRisk Ltd. 


Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox

Julia Hippisley-Cox is Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice at the University of Oxford. She trained in general practice and clinical epidemiology. 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. Julia is also a member of the National EMIS User Group. 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.

Competing Interests: Founder and recent 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.