Professor Simon Ball

Senior Responsible Officer for West Midlands Secure Data Environment

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


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Professor Simon Ball

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Simon Ball is the Senior Responsible Officer for the West Midlands Secure Data Environment based at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is also an Associate Director of the Health Data Research UK Midlands regional network.

Simon was responsible for establishing Health Data Research UK Midlands back in 2018 which created the foundations for brining together the clinical and data science communities across both the East and West Midlands regions of England. He was also HDR UK’s national research director for the Better Care scientific theme between 2018 and 2023.

Simon took up the role of Chief Medical Officer of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 2019.
He trained in medicine at Oxford University and University College London, underwent postgraduate training in nephrology, dialysis and transplantation in North West London and was an MRC doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Imperial College.

He was appointed as Consultant Nephrologist at UHB in 2001, he has been Clinical Service Lead in Nephrology, an Associate Medical Director and Director of Digital Healthcare. He was President of the British Renal Society between 2013 and 2016. His contributions to research and innovation include collaborations with academic and industry partners seeking to understand and quantify immune response in transplantation.

Simon has an interest in the curation and analysis of high value health data assets and became Health Data Research UK Research Director in the Midlands in 2018. This was based on his longstanding contributions to UHB’s development and implementation of electronic health care records to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. This convergence of technology and quality management remained an important part of his previous role as Chief Medical Officer at UHB.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Dr David Lo

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
University of Leicester

Professor Robert Laramee

University of Nottingham

Zoë Turner

Senior Data Scientist
The Strategy Unit (NHS ML)

Mr Chris Dyke

Head of Connectivity
Medilink Midlands