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Jonathan Sheffield, OBE FRCPath Chief Executive Officer at National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR)


Jonathan Sheffield has been Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) since 2010. The Network delivers clinical research studies throughout the NHS in England covering primary, secondary and tertiary care. In 2016-17, the Network recruited over 666,000 patients into over 4,000 studies across the NHS.  For the last year he has also led the development and early phase implementation of the digital strategy for the whole of the NIHR.

Jonathan qualified as a doctor in 1981 and subsequently trained as a Histopathologist. In 1993 he was appointed as a Consultant Histopathologist at Yeovil district General Hospital. Subsequently Jonathan has held multiple senior medical management posts in the NHS at local, regional and a national level.

Jonathan is highly regarded for his knowledge and expertise and is often called upon to speak at national events and international industry meetings. In his capacity as an NIHR spokesperson, he provides comment on research delivery throughout the NHS infrastructure. His long and detailed experience in the NHS allows him to balance contentious clinical priority issues with the need to advance medical knowledge through research.

A passionate advocate for clinical research, Jonathan’s ambition is to focus not only on traditional pharma and medical technology research but how digital tools can accelerate delivery of life-changing treatments whilst improving engagement with patients, researchers, Life Science industry and the wider NHS.

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