DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Chris Whitty

Biography

Professor Chris Whitty is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). He has overall responsibility for the department’s research and development, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

He is currently the Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Consultant Physician in acute medicine and infectious diseases at University College London Hospitals and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He is also Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College.

He was appointed Deputy Government Chief Scientific Adviser and was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser during 2017 and early 2018.

He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence at the Department for International Development (DFID).

Chris is an epidemiologist and physician. Prior to joining DHSC he was Chair for the Department of Health National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections (NEPNEI) and the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP).

DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser

Responsibilities include:

  • overall responsibility for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) research and development budget which includes the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • research and life sciences policy
  • supporting analysis and evidenced based decision making capacity in the department
  • member of the department’s senior leadership and executive team

Previous roles in government

  1. Interim Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2017 to 2018
  3. Deputy Government Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2017 to 2017
  4. DFID Chief Scientific Adviser

    • 2009 to 2015