The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is delighted to announce the appointment of the new director for The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) Dr Janet Valentine with effect from today.

Dr Valentine joins us from the Medical Research Council where she was Head of Population Health and Informatics. She has worked closely with the UK’s leading medical researchers for over a decade and her extensive knowledge of health research and use of health data for an array of clinical and public health applications will be invaluable in her new role.

Prior to this she was deputy chief executive of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) working with the key stakeholders that shape clinical research in the UK.

CPRD, the secure electronic service providing anonymised health data for clinical research was launched three years ago and is jointly funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Clinical research enabled by CPRD continues to help accelerate the development of new treatments, and improve health services, drug safety and public health.

Its services capitalise on the population wide healthcare coverage provided by the NHS, maximising the way NHS clinical information is used for patient care and population health.

Dr Valentine said:

“There is a wealth of opportunities for drug development and patient care offered by clinical research based on anonymised NHS and health-related data. I am delighted to join CPRD and look forward to building on the excellent healthcare outputs generated from CPRD data.”


Posted on the UK MHRA website on 5 January 2015