Honorary Senior Research Fellow
I’m the Lead Data Scientist at NHS Grampian and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.
Networked Data Lab
I run Grampian’s collaboration with The Health Foundation and four other NHS centres across the UK. This is a six-year project working to reduce health inequalities.
Our team’s specialty is working with big, messy, high-security health and social care data. My focus is creating useful analysis for policy makers and care providers.
Right now we’re working on understanding inequalities in children’s mental healthcare.
Read a blog post about mental health prescribing to children. Or a post about children’s treatment by specialist mental health doctors. Check out our briefing paper for policy makers. Or wade into our academic research article.
I also make open-source tools about local communities and their needs for NHS Public Health.
I’m a huge nerd for open science and good research culture. Scientists should be (but aren’t) rewarded for doing rigorous science. I recently gave evidence about this to the House of Commons Science & Technology committee. You can also watch a spicy symposium I hosted: Academic Journals are Broken. Let’s Build a Better Scientific Record.
During the pandemic, I led a Chief Scientist’s Office project to protect patients with serious medical conditions from coronavirus.
In 2022, I finished a Wellcome Trust Open Research project to design safe ways to be open while using high-security patient data. We automated the capture and reporting of complex data provenance without compromising patient data privacy.