Dr. Claire Bloomfield is the Deputy Director of the NHS England’s Centre for Improving Data Collaboration, which she joined in June 2021. As the Senior Responsible Officer for the Data for Research and Development programme, Claire oversees development and delivery of the Transformation Directorate’s coordinated investments in health data for R&D, to support the ambitions of the Life Sciences Vision, Vision for future of UK Clinical Research Delivery and Genome UK. Her team supports investments to enable R&D and innovation using health data with a goal to improve patient care, including clinical trials operations and infrastructure investment in Trusted Research Environments.
Claire joined NHS England from her role as CEO in the UK National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI) at the University of Oxford — a launchpad to improve the healthcare industry through the development and use of AI. As CEO Claire successfully managed partnerships with 14 NHS hospitals, clinical leaders, industry experts, academic researchers, patient groups and charities.
Claire’s own research has been focused on neuroscience with an interest in neuropsychiatric conditions and the neural networks involved in executive function. She held research fellowships at the University of Oxford and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, after finishing her DPhil at Oxford. Following her academic research career, Claire returned to Oxford as the Head of Strategy and Innovation for the Cancer Research UK Centre. Claire’s role placed her at the nexus of cancer activity within the university community and the UK overall, affording unique opportunities to work on cross-departmental and pan-divisional projects resulting in raising more than £300m to further UK cancer research. Claire’s particular interest in health data research focuses on supporting the ecosystem to develop effective collaborations that generate value for all stakeholders, and ensuring equity and diversity in both the development and application of healthcare innovations to improve care.