The independent Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research (OSCHR) was created as a result of the Review of funding in UK health research (2006) led by Sir David Cooksey.
Sir David had identified considerable strength in the UK science base but revealed cultural, institutional and financial barriers to the effective translation of health research into clinical practice. The review envisioned a cultural change among the public funders of health research to address the barriers to research collaboration and to support the application and translation of basic research into patient care and economic benefit.
Since 2007, the OSCHR Board has demonstrated a powerful capacity to work across government through collaboration, addressing many of the issues required to ensure a comprehensive health research environment and leading to improved health outcomes and economic growth. The OSCHR process has helped to focus on the development of better NHS electronic data capabilities for research; create a research programme for public health and greatly enhance translation science. OSCHR is one of a number of fora where the public funders of health research work together with other stakeholders.
In 2011, Ministers in the then Department of Health and Social Care and the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) considered that OSCHR had delivered the majority of the changes to the UK health research landscape advocated in the Cooksey report. They agreed that OSCHR should continue to monitor the translational research activity funded by government and additionally explore the role the Board could play in enhancing the funders’ existing contributions to economic growth through the life science sector.
Professor Chris Day
Independent Chair, Vice Chancellor and President, Newcastle University
Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Health and Social Care (From 1 January 2016)
Mr Gareth Davies
Director General Business and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Dr Louise Wood
In lieu of CEO, NIHR
Professor Fiona Watt
Executive Chair, MRC
Dr Ian Campbell
Interim Exec Chair, Innovate UK
Professor David Crossman
Chief Scientist (Health), Scotland
Vacant pending appointment of new Director.
(Interim representation covered by Carys Thomas and Michael Bowdery), Health and Care Research Wales
Professor Ian Young
Health and Social Care Research & Development, Northern Ireland
Mr David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England
Professor Jeremy Farrar
Medical research charities funders (February 2014 - March 2020) (in 2nd term)
Dr Eliot Forster
Industry sector (from 1 January 2017)
Stuart Bell CBE
NHS sector (from 1 March 2016)
Mr Nathan Moore
Head of OSCHR Office, Science Research and Evidence Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care
Nathan Moore, Head of OSCHR Office firstname.lastname@example.org