Jonathan Sheffield OBE

Dr Jonathan Sheffield is Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network. This organisation is funded by the Department of Health to support the practical delivery of both academic and commercial clinical research in the NHS, and was responsible for recruiting more than half a million patients into clinical studies last year.

Jonathan trained as a doctor at Dundee University, before following a career as a histopathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, where he was instrumental in developing its research capabilities. In 2003 he became Medical Director for the Trust, before moving on to University Hospitals Bristol – again as Medical Director.

In 2009, Jonathan was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS. In 2011 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine – its highest honour – for his contribution in the area of clinical research delivery.

A passionate advocate for clinical research, Jonathan’s ambition is for participation in a suitable research study to be a standard treatment option, open to all NHS patients.

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