Tuesday 15 January: Inaugural Lecture by Professor Umesh Kadam: From a trickle to a gold rush: will the ‘well of data’ save healthcare?

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On Tuesday 15 January, Professor Umesh Kadam (Dept. Health Sciences) gave his inaugural lecture, titled:

From a trickle to a gold rush: will the ‘well of data’ save healthcare?

Synopsis: When people become ill and access the NHS service, the care they receive is collected in their clinical records as ‘data information’ on the problem, the tests that are done, the medications that are given and the healthcare professionals they will see. Over time this record of data information for the population helps us to understand how healthcare problems are dealt with and whether this leads to good and equal care. There is a great deal of interest now in the UK and internationally on how data from all sorts of sources could be used to support a person to understand their health problems and help the healthcare system such as the NHS deliver effective, safe and high quality care. This lecture used examples from Umesh’s research programme which has supported developments in primary care, hospital and public health.

Biography: Umesh ties lie with Africa, India and the British isles. He graduated from University of Birmingham in 1989. The subsequent clinical career development was largely Midlands based and on completing his GP training, he immediately embarked on a research career based in North Staffordshire Public Health department to identify population-level health needs for common mental health problems using primary care computer data. This was followed by an award of an MRC Fellowship in 2001 and training in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was the first in the UK to investigate multimorbidity and comorbidity problems using primary care computer data and the programme delivered original evidence of impact on quality of life outcomes collaborating with WHO centre in the Netherlands.
In 2007, he was awarded an NIHR Fellowship and a travelling Fellowship from the Royal Society collaborating with WHO centre in Sweden to investigate whether cardiovascular disease can cause osteoarthritis and investigating how multiple chronic conditions affect quality of life. From 2011, he extended the cardiovascular programme to the hospital setting focusing on heart failure and particularly the associated multimorbidity and frailty in this older population. The heart failure programme and a linked programme on patient safety were funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, and resulted in a national patient safety toolkit hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners. These programmes led to an award of Fellowship by Distinction award by the UK Faculty of Public Health in 2011 and a promotion to a Chair at Keele University in 2015.
Since 2011, he has also been engaged in translating public health and data approaches to developing a clinical informatics programme working with regional and national healthcare programmes, including the Department of Health. As part of the research programme he has had the privilege of supporting multi-disciplinary scientists to develop research careers, several through competitive Fellowship funding.
In national committee roles, his memberships include the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) for 10 years, NIHR Health Services and Delivery & Research Board and Prioritisation panels and NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship committee. Continuing and developing collaborations include Sweden, Italy, India and Singapore. He continues to practice as a GP and is getting to know the delights of Leicestershire and its diversity.

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