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OSCHR Board Independent Member (Industry) recruitment

The Government currently funds health related research through two main routes, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The 'Review of funding in UK health research' led by Sir David Cooksey in 2006 resulted in the creation of the independent Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR). Cooksey had identified considerable strength in the UK science base, but revealed cultural, institutional and financial barriers to the effective translation of health research into clinical practice. The review envisioned a cultural change among the public funders of health research to address the barriers to research collaboration and to support the application and translation of basic research into patient care and economic benefit.

Since 2007, the OSCHR Board has demonstrated a powerful capacity to work across government through collaboration, addressing many of the issues required to ensure a comprehensive health research environment and leading to improved health outcomes and economic growth. The OSCHR process has helped to focus on the development of better NHS electronic data capabilities for research; create a research programme for public health and greatly enhance translation science. OSCHR is one of a number of fora where the public funders of health research work together with other stakeholders.

In 2011, Ministers in the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) considered that OSCHR had delivered the majority of the changes to the UK health research landscape advocated in the Cooksey report. They agreed that OSCHR should continue to monitor the translational research activity funded by government and additionally explore the role the board could play in enhancing the funders’ existing contributions to economic growth through the life science sector.

OSCHR Board membership

  • Professor Chris Day - Independent Chair; Vice Chancellor and President, Newcastle University
  • Professor Chris Whitty - Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health and Social Care, England
  • Gareth Davies - Director General Business and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Dr Louise Wood - Director, Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care (in lieu of CEO, National Institute for Health Research, England)
  • Professor Fiona Watt - Executive Chair, MRC
  • Dr Ian Campbell - Interim Exec, Innovate UK
  • Professor David Crossman - Chief Scientist for Health, Scotland
  • Professor Ian Young - Director, Health and Social Care Research & Development, Northern Ireland
  • Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar - Independent member; Medical research charity
  • Dr Eliot Forster - Independent Member; Industry
  • Stuart Bell CBE - Independent Member; NHS
  • Nathan Moore - Head of OSCHR Office, Science Research and Evidence Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care.

Contact: Nathan Moore, Head of OSCHR Office - nathan.moore@dhsc.gsi.gov.uk