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) and life science strategy.

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

He was the interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2017 to 2018 and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID).

Chris is an epidemiologist and physician. He is conducting research into diseases of poverty. Prior to joining DHSC he was chair of several government scientific advisory committees.

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, including the Office for Life Sciences
  • supporting analysis and evidenced-based decision-making capacity in the department, and providing technical advice
  • when necessary acting as first Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and deputising for the Government Chief Scientific Adviser for science advice in emergencies across government
  • 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