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Dissemination Centre

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.

Tara Lamont - Director

Tara Lamont

Tara was appointed Director from October 2018, having helped to set up the Centre as Deputy Director over the last four years. 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.

Tansy Evans - Deputy Director

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. 

Rob Cook - Deputy Director - Bazian

Rob Cook web

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. As Clinical Director for EIU Healthcare he now advises on the use of global evidence in improving health outcomes and quality of care for clinical and policy decision makers. As a past member of NIHR Topic Identification panels he helped identify important research gaps in prevention, primary care, mental health and cognitive/psychological research for the NHS.

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.


Rob Squire - Assistant Business Manager

Rob Squire

Rob has previously worked for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment 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.

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 - Clinical Advisor


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.


Janet Clapton - Operational Manager - Bazian

Janet Clapton

Janet manages the Signals production process. She has also written two Highlights and contributes to evaluating the impact of Signals. Previous experience includes helping to manage production of NICE Evidence Updates and a 14 year career as a hospital biomedical scientist. She has an MSc in Information Science and a BSc in Biomedical Science.

Kuljeet Battoo - Editorial Assistant - Bazian

Kuljeet Battoo

Kuljeet has worked in the manufacturing industry and following this she moved into healthcare publishing, working for companies such as Bupa, IMS Health and the Map of Medicine. She has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire. Kuljeet helps project manage the production of Signals. Her role also includes identifying and managing expert commentators' input to Signals and editing content.

Katharine Hanss - Research Analyst 

Katharine Hanss

Katharine previously worked within the James Lind Alliance team at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre. She has also worked as a researcher in the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics, and for a number of public and voluntary sector housing organisations.


Melissa Hare - Assistant Communications Manager

Melissa Hare

Melissa previously worked as PR Officer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, creating digital content and managing their social media platforms, as well as producing e-newsletters, press releases and content for the charity’s bi-annual magazine. Melissa will be working alongside the Communications Manager to assist with the successful communication of Signals, Highlights and Themed Reviews.

Kate Searle - Communications Manager

Kate Searle

Kate has worked in PR, communications and editing for over 17 years within the finance, housing and publishing industry. She has experience in creating and managing a range of digital and print communications from web articles and social media posts to press releases and magazine copy. Kate is responsible for managing the communication of Signals, Highlights and Themed Reviews to relevant stakeholders.

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