Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
Director of PIONEER

University of Birmingham


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Professor Elizabeth Sapey

Leadership Team


Liz is a Professor of Acute and Respiratory Medicine at the University of Birmingham and an Acute and Respiratory Medicine Consultant at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She is also the Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing within the University of Birmingham and the President of the British Association for Lung Research.

Liz’s research interests focus on inflammatory and infectious respiratory diseases associated with ageing, and the impact of inflammation during acute diseases. Liz’s clinical work focuses her research, enabling her to recognise challenges within acute care provision and ensure patients are at the heart of addressing these issues. Increasing participation and reducing barriers to enable collaborative research remains one of Liz’s passions, so that innovation reflects the diversity of the UK population.

As founder and Director of PIONEER, the HDR UK Hub in acute care, Liz continues the integration of traditionally siloed acute care healthcare providers, working with patients, NHS organisations, AI systems, academia and industry, to transform care provision and improve outcomes and choices for patients.”

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Firoza Davies

Patient & Public Representative
East Midlands

Mr Colin Monckton

Director of Performance and Information
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rachel Caswell

Senior Healthcare Analyst
Midlands Analyst Network Lead Strategy Unit

Kathie McPeake

Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme Manager
NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board