Biography

Professor John Powell is a senior clinical academic with skills and experience in the areas of digital health, healthcare innovation, knowledge management, health technology assessment, and patient experience.

Since 2012, John Powell has combined an academic role as Senior Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences) with the post of Consultant Clinical Adviser at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is also Honorary Professor in Ehealth at the University of Manchester, Visiting Professor at Kings College London, and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is the Joint Editor-in-Chief of the SAGE journal DIGITAL HEALTH.

He has held significant national roles including Clinical Director of NHS Choices, the NHS website, and chairman of the BMA Information Technology committee. He also worked as Senior Medical Adviser to Netdoctor.co.uk. He was Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of Warwick where he led an Ehealth Research Group for seven years, leading externally funded projects using a range of methodologies. He also built a strong collaboration with Warwick Business School studying the organisation and management of health services, especially the use of knowledge and decision-making. He played a key role in establishing the NHS Institute for Digital Healthcare with NHS West Midlands.

Professor Powell has degrees in Social and Political Sciences and in Clinical Medicine from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.