Rafael’s main activity is as Director of the Statistics group in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) which he joined in 2002. He is involved in a number of research activities within the department; however his main focus is the study of Monitoring for the management of long-term conditions (e.g. Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, etc).
He has overseen the development of one of the strongest methodological/statistical groups in the UK (across all clinical areas) with a particular emphasis on Monitoring, with his group achieving national and international recognition [NIHR Progress Report 2008/09-Delivering Health Research]. As part of this, he is the Statistical director of the fully accredited Clinical Trials Unit (only 55 units have received full accreditation in the UK).
He sits on a range of national and international panels and boards that influence healthcare policy at different levels (funding boards, steering groups, data monitoring boards, etc.). He is also a Statistical Editor of the BMJ (since 2011) and was a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Commissioning board until 2012, joining in 2007 as Associate Member becoming a full Board Member in 2009.
He is also Director of Research Methodologies in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM).
Learn more about Rafael on his departmental page.