New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group

The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) advises the government on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses.

Role of group

NERVTAG is an expert committee of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), which advises the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and, through the CMO, ministers, DHSC and other government departments.

It provides scientific risk assessment and mitigation advice on the threat posed by new and emerging respiratory viruses and on options for their management.

Code of practice

New and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (NERVTAG): member code of practice (PDF, 106KB, 13 pages)

Membership

Current members are:

  • Professor Sir Peter Horby (Chair): University of Oxford
  • Professor Wendy Barclay: Imperial College London
  • Professor John Edmunds: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Professor Neil Ferguson: Medical Research Council, Imperial College London
  • Professor Andrew Hayward: University College London
  • Dr Benjamin Killingley: University College London Hospital NHS Trust
  • Professor Wei Shen Lim: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Jim McMenamin: Health Protection Scotland
  • Professor Peter Openshaw: Imperial College London
  • Professor Malcolm Semple: University of Liverpool
  • Dr James Rubin: Kings College London
  • Dr Cariad Evans: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Chloe Sellwood: Co-opted member, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Professor Ian Brown: Co-opted member, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • Dr Lisa Ritchie: Co-opted member, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Professor Julian Hiscox: Temporary co-opted member for COVID-19, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Muge Cevik: Temporary co-opted member for COVID-19, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Ravindra Gupta: Temporary co-opted member for COVID-19, University of Cambridge

Members’ biographies

NERVTAG: member biographies

Members’ interests

NERVTAG: register of member interests

Annual report

NERVTAG: annual reports

Meetings

NERVTAG: meeting minutes and papers

NERVTAG Secretariat

Public Health England
Wellington House
133-155 Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8UG