Former CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust will oversee Health Data Research UK’s work as Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dame Julie Moore is to be the new Chair of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) following an extensive recruitment process and the unanimous endorsement of the Board of Trustees.

An NHS career of success

As a child, Julie wanted to be an astrophysicist. However, on realising there were “not a lot of jobs” in that, she opted for in nursing instead. After a successful career in nursing, and a variety of posts in clinical practice and management, Julie became CEO of University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) in 2006.

During her time at UHB, the new £545m Queen Elizabeth Hospital building was built and opened, “a rare example of being built under PPI on time and on budget”, she says. The Trust was also digitally advanced, being named as a Global Digital Exemplar during Julie’s time in charge.

“While a digital agenda was being pushed in the NHS at this time,” Julie says, “I found there was a remarkable lack of knowledge among some people.” For example, she was asked by the regulator on occasion to help Trusts in trouble. “I often found that they weren’t using their data to improve patient care, or knew how to.”

Dame Julie Moore

The importance of research for care

“I’ve always been interested in research,” says Julie, on her reasons for joining HDR UK. “It is necessary for the best care. We must keep up to date with the latest developments to benefit patients.” She believes that NHS England could turn to HDR UK for help in answering some of the tricky questions they have in finding better ways to deliver care.

“HDR UK has been ahead of the curve in demonstrating how future health research will happen. I’m looking forward to playing a part in this agenda, help take it forward and expand it,” Julie says.

She feels that some of the public debate has been lost in the past on making patient data, particularly GP data, available for research. But during the COVID pandemic, people realised the value of rapid research in understanding an emerging disease and creating vaccines at speed. “There is more we can do to promote the trustworthy use of data to benefit us all,” she firmly believes.

Supporting everyone’s talents

Julie retired from full time work in the NHS in 2018 and has since undertaken several roles, including being a non-executive director at Worcester Acute Hospitals and a member of the Novartis UK Industry Council. From 2018 to 2022 she was a Professor of Healthcare Systems at Warwick University and a member of the Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2012 and in 2013 was included in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) lists of the most influential clinical leaders, top CEOs and a national LGBT role model in health.

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