Jonathan Montgomery appointed to chair Health Research Authority

In 2012, News on June 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

The Secretary of State for Health has appointed HEAL member Professor Jonathan Montgomery to chair the Health Research Authority, describing him as ‘a leading expert in healthcare law, genetics and bioethics, and in addition he has an in-depth knowledge of the NHS gained from working on two NHS Trusts, a Primary Care Trust and a Strategic Health Authority. His depth of knowledge and breadth of experience will be vital in helping the Health Research Authority to safeguard the interests of patients whilst streamlining health research regulations.’

Jonathan says “I feel privileged to be appointed to chair the Health Research Authority. My first public service role was on a local research ethics committee and I know how important they are to safeguard the interests of participants. We can be proud of our country’s contribution to health research. Even so, some of our NHS approval processes delay high quality projects, especially those involving a number of different centres. We will continue to work to ensure that it is easy to carry out ethical research so that we make our contribution to ensuring that the highest levels of human knowledge and skill can be brought to bear to save lives and improve health as the NHS Constitution promises.”

The appointment was noted in a House of Lords debate on the Health Research Authority (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and will be followed shortly by the appointment of a chief executive and non executive directors.

Jonathan will withdraw from his local NHS roles once handover arrangements have been agreed  and so will maintain his current work at the University of Southampton and his chairmanship of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.


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