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Professor Catherine Pope becomes Deputy Director of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

8 January 2018

NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has appointed Professor Catherine Pope as Deputy Director today, bringing substantive leadership experience to the organisation.

Catherine has been working in CLAHRC Wessex over the last few years; contributing to three of its research themes, working with the data science team and focusing on developing an effective impact strategy.  She has been the Director of the cross faculty Work Futures Research Centre and Deputy Director of the Research Councils UK Doctoral Training Centre in Web Science, where she provided strategic leadership and developed innovative postgraduate education and research.  

Professor Anne Rogers, Director of CLAHRC Wessex said:


"I'm delighted that Professor Pope will have an increased leadership role within the CLAHRC. Her passion for translational research is clear, and she is committed to making a difference at the interface with health care and has a tremendous ability to work across NHS and disciplinary boundaries. Catherine will be central to both the existing CLAHRC and for inspired leadership in the bid for a new CLAHRC here in Wessex. She was among the first cohort of the Q initiative.

Catherine's experience of implementation science, health systems and data science research, and her track record of training professionals have all contributed significantly to our programme of work. That together with her national and international reputation as an applied social scientist is a great asset to our future research."

Read Professor Pope's latest blog

Overloaded A&Es – Have we got this all wrong? Dr Brad Keogh

Why do we need evidence? At a time when the NHS has limited resources and increases in demand for its services, it seems prudent to only make changes to the service once you are reasonably certain that what you might do may be in the interest of the patients and staff in the system. By enforcing top-down changes to services with little or no evidence of benefit to patients or staff we are using more of this precious resource for no clear benefit. As an engineer coming into the healthcare sector several years ago to do data analytics, it has always surprised me how few decisions in the management of NHS services are made with robust quantitative analysis. It is also a contrast to the evidence based decision making and protocols within medicine. My thought for you: “why can’t we have evidence based service management as well as evidence based medicine?“ read blog >

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