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John Powell


Professor of Digital Health Care

  • Professor of Digital Health Care
  • NIHR Senior Investigator
  • Consultant Clinical Adviser, NICE

Background and current work

Interview with Andrew Marr on Radio 4 Start The Week:

John Powell is an academic public health physician and health services researcher studying healthcare in the digital age and how and why people use information and communication technologies in relation to health, and how services can harness these tools to deliver benefit. He combines an academic career as Professor and NIHR Senior Investigator at the University of Oxford with a role as Consultant Clinical Adviser at NICE, where he advises the NHS on the safe adoption of surgical and other interventional procedures, as well as working on the appraisal of digital health technologies, and on rapid Covid19 guidelines for the NHS. He is an expert adviser to Public Health England (PHE) and to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). He also works as a television drama advisor where his credits include Downton Abbey, Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen, SSGB and the movie Ammonite.

He was formerly Professor of Public Health at the University of Warwick where he led an Ehealth Research Group for 7 years and helped establish the Institute for Digital Healthcare. He has previously been the Clinical Director for NHS Choices ( the NHS website), and the Senior Medical Adviser to during its launch phase in the UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation (EME) journals and Deputy Programme Director of the NIHR Evidence Synthesis Programme. He was founding editor of the SAGE journal Digital Health. He has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at Kings College London. He has >£6M in grant funding and H-index of 49.