Professor Andrew Morris (MBChB, MSc, MD, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Glas), FRSE, FMedSci) was appointed Chief Scientist for Health in March 2012. He is also an active clinician and researcher in the field of diabetes and health informatics.
The Chief Scientist Office's (CSO's) mission is to support promote excellent research in NHSScotland that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the citizens of Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Its aim is to demonstrate the value of research in securing lasting improvements in health. CSO directly supports the research community, especially the next generation of researchers. CSO also invests heavily in the research infrastructure in NHSScotland to create a vibrant environment where research is integrated into the everyday work of the NHS in Scotland.
Key work areas for CSO are:
- Funding high quality research relevant to NHSScotland on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee. At any one time CSO is funding around 190 research projects
- Supporting research in NHSScotland through the NHS Research Scotland (NRS) partnership
- Contributing to funding of research awarded through the National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)
- Offering a number of training fellowships to improve the research and development skills base and fuel the development of evidence-based practice
- Building and implementing a Health Research Strategy for NHSScotland
- Promoting the dissemination and implementation of research findings
- Encouraging strong research ethics appraisal and research governance
- Supporting a number of research units across Scotland
- Participating in a number of Scottish and UK-wide health research initiatives
- Including public representation in our decision making processes
- Responsibility for policy relating to Intellectual property arising from research in NHSScotland