Professor Hemant Pandit – Theme Lead for Assisted Healing and Rehabilitation

Professor Hemant Pandit is a clinical academic based at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust. He is Director of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and joint-director of the Centre for Health Tech Innovation.  Hemant is also the Deputy Director of Leeds BRC and co-leads a work theme in the Leeds HRC. He will be providing a brief overview of the Centre for Health Tech Innovation including planned activities and ways in which the centre will play an integral role in facilitating all the Health Tech Research (both basic and translational) in Leeds.


Professor Carl Thompson – Co-Theme Lead for Assisted Healing and Rehabilitation

Carl Thompson – Professor, Applied Health Research; Dame Kathleen Raven Chair in Clinical Research

Professor Thompson joined Leeds in 2015 from the University of York. His research portfolio reflects his interests in how professionals use technology and information in their judgements and choices and how to get health technologies working more effectively quickly. He established the first Anglo-Dutch MSc in Evidence Based Practice and led the Translating Research into Practice in Leeds and Bradford (TRiPLaB) theme in the first NIHR ARC for Yorkshire and Humber.

During the pandemic he led the NIHR’s Covid-19 Recovery and Learning (HTA-funded) CONTACT study of digital contact tracing in care homes, worked with the PROTECTCovid-19 core research study in care homes and the national CONDOR study of point of care testing in community settings. Professor Thompson is an experienced NHS Trust Non-Executive Director and mentors NEDs faced with innovating in care environments safely.

He provides scientific advice to Australian, Canadian, US and Dutch research funders. He has been part of research teams on more than £20m, published 3 books on Decision Making and Judgement and evaluation in healthcare professions; and has more than 130 peer reviewed articles on decision and implementation science, knowledge translation, evidence-based practice, research methods and, most recently, care homes and epidemiology. He is an academic partner in NICHE-Leeds ( and helped secure Leeds recent entry into the NIHR School for Social Care Research.


Professor Deborah Stocken – Theme Lead for Timely Clinical and Economic Evaluation

Professor Deborah Stocken PhD Cstat, NIHR Research Professor in Statistics, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds UK

Professor Deborah Stocken is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professor and Director of the Surgical Interventions, Diagnostics and Devices Division at the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research UK, hosting the Leeds Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Trials Centre. She is a member of the NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre executive committee and theme lead for the NIHR Leeds Healthtech Research Centre. She is a member of various NIHR funding committees and Chairs independent trial oversight committees.

Professor Stocken has a broad spectrum of clinical trials knowledge and experience with a successful NIHR and charity funded portfolio ranging from early phase safety studies to international effectiveness trials. Her Research Professorship is Statistical Innovation and Guidance on Methods and Analysis in Surgical research (SIGMA-S), with statistical interests in adaptive trial design and multivariable prediction modelling. She is responsible for developing and delivering methodologically robust research, scalable for NHS adoption and fostering multi-disciplinary links for portfolio expansion.

Alison Smith – Timely Clinical and Economic Evaluation

Alison Smith is a Lecturer in Health Economics based at the Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE) in the University of Leeds. She has extensive expertise on the economic evaluation of medical tests and devices, specialising in in-vitro diagnostics and the use of early health technology assessments and model-based cost-effectiveness analyses. She has experience in working across a range of disease areas, and is also involved in the supervision of PhD students.

Dr Helen Hughes – Theme Lead for Surgical Care Observatory

Dr Helen Hughes is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, and Associate Professor in Organisational Psychology. Helen is the Behaviour Lab Director at Leeds University Business School, where she leads a purpose built, interdisciplinary facility to enable and support the study of human behaviour.

The Behaviour Lab community explores behaviour through observation, experiments, and eye tracking, as well as through virtual and augmented reality. The Lab partners with business and organisations, as well as other academic disciplines such as Engineering and Medicine. Helen’s own research applies socio-technical theory to explore the social dynamics of workplace relationships, and the future of work. She is passionate about translating research into usable insights and strategies, so that it can contribute to the work of academic and practitioner communities.

Helen works with a wide range of organizational partners, and regularly contributes to policy and practice discussions in her areas of specialisation. Her research has been published in international journals and edited books, and has been featured by media outlets including the BBC, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Guardian, as well as radio and podcasts.