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Nick is the Chair of ARC KSS Board. He is also currently the Professor of Health Services Research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After qualifying in medicine from Birmingham University in 1974, he worked in NHS hospitals before running a child health programme in Nepal. He did his post-graduate training at Oxford included a doctorate on reasons for the epidemic in surgery for glue ear was followed by writing an Open University distance-learning course, 'Health and Disease', with a biologist, sociologist and economist.
In 1985 he moved to The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and was promoted to a Chair in Health Services Research in 1995. His main research interests are: assessing the quality of care (particularly in surgery, critical care and dementia care), patient-reported outcomes and policy to transform health and social care.
In 1996, together with Nick Mays, he founded the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, which they edited for 21 years. In 2005, he was elected founding chair of HSRUK and in 2006 published Walking London’s Medical History (new edition 2012) to raise public understanding of health services and health care policy through seven walks through London.
From 2007 to 2016 he chaired the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit & Enquiries for DH/NHS England and was served on several other advisory groups on quality assessment.
In 2017, Nick was knighted for services to health care research.