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Evidence for Commissioning Group

The purpose of the group is to bring together people from key organisations with a remit to enable commissioners to find and use evidence from research (as well as other types of evidence) to inform the commissioning cycle. We work together to share learning, best practice, join up the good work being undertaken around the country and act as advocates to support evidence informed decision making. We have brought together people from a range of backgrounds including those who haven’t previously been involved with the R&D Forum e.g. senior librarians and knowledge managers.

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Group Chair:

Rachel Illingworth

Rachel is Head of Research and Evidence, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB). Rachel’s role as strategic lead is varied and includes ensuring the ICB is meeting its statutory duties in relation to research; strategic research partnerships and research capacity building initiatives with GP practices and Primary Care Networks. Rachel’s role also includes providing evaluation advice and working with Knowledge and Library Services to provide evidence summaries, advice and training to enable evidence informed organisational and system decision making. Rachel has worked in NHS R&D roles in Nottingham for 20 years, prior to this she was a health services researcher and worked in NHS general management.

Group Members:

Paul Carder
Head of Research
NHS West Yorkshire Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Helen Duffy
Research & Innovation Programme Manager
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust/Staffordshire and Shropshire Health and Care Research Partnership (SSHERPa)

Marie Girdham
R and D Lead Nurse Manager
NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Shona Haining
Head of Research and Evidence
North of England Commissioning Support (NECS)

Candace Imison
Deputy Director Dissemination and Knowledge Mobilisation
NIHR Coordinating Centre

Kathy Jeays-Ward
Research and Innovation Lead
NHS England

Sian Jones
Associate Director of Primary Care
West of England AHSN

Sue Lacey Bryant
Chief Knowledge Officer and National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services
NHS England

Wendy Marsh
Head of Knowledge and Library Services
UK Health Security Agency

Jo Mearhart
Head of Health & Care Engagement
NIHR CRN National Coordinating Centre (CRNCC)

Lucy Reid
Deputy Head of Knowledge and Library Services
NHS England

Michael Twigg
Head of Research Design and Evaluation
NHS Norfolk and Waveney ICB

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