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Nick Black and Ben Goldacre named among clinical leaders making greatest impact

Professor Nick BlackNick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, and Dr Ben Goldacre, Wellcome Research Fellow at the School, have been selected for the inaugural Health Service Journal (HSJ) Clinical Leaders list.

The creation of HSJ Clinical Leaders provides an industry list of those who are making the greatest impact in the areas of health policy, service redesign, and research and innovation.

The list celebrates individuals who increase effectiveness in the NHS by leading innovation, driving policy change and aiming for continuous improvement in the quality of care delivered, not as a one-off task or project, but as a core part of their professional identity and role.

270 names were put before a judging panel that included Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson, and Editor in Chief of the BMJ, Dr Fiona Godlee. They selected one hundred individuals from all areas of healthcare for the final list, which was announced at a reception at the Royal College of Physicians.

Since 2008 Professor Black has been Chair of the National Advisory Group on Clinical Audit and Enquiries. His selection onto the Critical Leaders List recognises his ‘leading role in how audit is used to measure outcomes, prevent failure and re-establish trust in the post-Francis NHS.’

Professor Black is a key voice in debates around NHS reforms, and has spoken widely in the media on this topic, including recent interviews with Dr Norman Swan on ABC Radio’s Health Report (Australia) and in the Evening Standard.

His main current research interests focus on the assessment of the quality of healthcare and the performance of healthcare providers. Most of his work has been in the fields of surgery and critical care.  His recent publications include a study on how patient reported outcome measures could help transform healthcare.

Dr Ben Goldacre is author of the Bad Science blog and best-selling books Bad Pharma and Bad Science.

He was recognised by HSJ for doing ‘more than any other single individual to shine a light on how science and research gets distorted by the media, politicians, quacks, PR and the pharmaceutical industry’. His work has ‘changed the landscape of the public discourse on science and evidence based medicine, particularly around the importance of open publishing.’

The full list of Clinical Leaders is available online to registered users.

Image: Professor Nick Black. Credit: LSHTM

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