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The NIHR Dissemination Centre team

The NIHR Dissemination Centre is a collaboration between the Wessex Institute and Bazian. We are a small team of health specialists, writers and experts on engagement.

Peter Davidson - Director

Peter Davidson

Peter is director of the NIHR Dissemination Centre and an honorary consultant in public health. Previously he also worked in general practice. He has extensive experience of applied health research through senior roles in NIHR, mostly in the Health Technology Assessment programme. He has a particular interest in clinical trials and systematic reviews, and their application to clinical and public health decision-making.

Tara Lamont - Deputy Director

Tara Lamont

Tara has worked for over twenty years in health services research, audit and patient safety.  She acted as scientific advisor to an NIHR research programme focused on health services delivery and set up a new national patient safety function to deliver evidence on clinical risks to practitioners. She is an editor for the NIHR Journals Library, member of the HSRUK Board and writes widely in a personal capacity on health services research topics, including recent BMJ Group blogs.

Rob Cook - Deputy Director - Bazian

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Rob has over 20 years’ experience in evidence based medicine and guideline development. Rob worked first in General practice and then as medical director for the New Zealand Guidelines Group, where he managed the development of cardiovascular guidelines. At Bazian he applies evidence to knowledge management systems and quality processes for clinical and policy decision makers. Rob also sits on an advisory board for Cedar, an NHS-academic evaluation centre for health technologies, devices and tests. He is a member of a NIHR HTA Topic Identification advisory panel, identifying important research gaps in mental, psychological and occupational health, for the NHS.

Tansy Evans - Dissemination Centre Manager

Tansy Evans

Tansy has previously worked for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme and Public Health Research programme, managing both the commissioning of new research and the portfolio of funded projects. Previously, she worked as an analyst for the National Audit Office, and for a number of public and voluntary sector bodies in policy and funding roles.

Alison Ford - Head of Engagement

Alison Ford

Originally an HR and training specialist, Alison has worked as a manager within NHS provider and commissioning organisations and in the third sector. Most recently the public involvement lead for an NIHR funding centre, she has extensive experience in working collaboratively across health and research organisations.

Alan Lovell - Senior Review Group Manager - Bazian

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Alan oversees the horizon scanning, searching, collating and appraisal work for Bazian’s growing portfolio of products. Alan has a degree in Biology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and gained his doctorate from the University of Warwick. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sainte-Justine Hospital, University of Montreal before receiving an MA in Information Studies from the University of Brighton.

Rob Squire - Assistant Business Manager

Rob Squire

Rob has previously worked for the NIHR Health Technology Programme, carrying out the daily tasks and project management relating to the applications and funding process. This also included providing a support mechanism for any researchers that needed assistance in completing their proposals. Before this, Rob provided marketing support services to a number of large pharmaceutical and healthcare companies within the UK.

Vaughan Thomas - Content Lead

Vaughan Thomas

Vaughan is a senior clinician who has worked in anaesthesia, intensive care and paediatrics in Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Sweden. He currently runs a hospital children’s pain control service and has a particular interest in patient safety and the critical analysis of adverse incidents. He has a longstanding interest in the application of evidence to clinical practice and education and has acted as an advisor to the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme for the last six years.

Steve Williams - Communications Manager

Steve Williams

Steve previously worked within the Media Relations team at the University of Southampton, attracting high-profile media coverage for the University’s research outputs and educational programmes. Steve has also held communications roles in further education and charitable organisations, and is experienced in public relations, digital marketing, social media and video production.  

Tannaze Tinati - Research Analyst 

Tannaze Tinati

Tannaze is a Chartered Psychologist and researcher with a background in health psychology and behaviour change. She previously worked for the Medical Research Council with the Southampton Initiative for Health team, evaluating an intervention aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of local mothers and families. Alongside this role, she also managed the Population Health Science Research Network and was part of the team who produced the MRC Process Evaluation of Complex Intervention guidelines. Prior to this, Tannaze worked at NIHR as a panel researcher for the Health Technology Assessment Programme. She is currently the Research Analyst for the Dissemination Centre, which involves searching the NIHR portfolio and summarising the ongoing and published studies for Themed Reviews and Highlights.

Elaine Maxwell - Content Lead

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Elaine is a registered nurse who has worked in a variety of clinical roles and as an Executive Nurse Director in the NHS, before moving into academic roles and continuing her contact with the NHS as a Non-Executive Director in an NHS Foundation Trust. She has a particular interest in workforce issues and quality improvement.

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