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Expert Scientific and Clinical Advisory Panel (ESCAP)

Objectives and scope of activities

ESCAP provides an expert scientific and clinical forum for the NHS Health Check programme, acting in an advisory capacity to support successful roll-out, maintenance, evaluation and continued improvement based on emerging and best evidence. ESCAP will play a critical role in ensuring the programme's content is frequently reviewed and in line with the best available evidence. It will also be fundamental in bringing strong scientific and clinical grounding and steer to the programme.


Andrew Steptoe, Head of Department of Behavioural Science and Health, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London
Adrian Hayter. National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care, NHS E/I
Alf Collins, Clinical Director, Personalised Care
Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England
Anne Mackie, Director of Programmes UK National Screening Committee, PHE
Ash Soni, Vice Chair, English Pharmacy Board
Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead for Preventable Dementia, PHE
Christopher Gidlow, Professor of Applied Health Research, Staffordshire University
Clare Perkins, Deputy Director, Priorities & Programmes, PHE
Deb Lowe, National Clinical Lead for Stroke, NHS England
Gillian Fiumicelli, Head of Vascular Disease Prevention, London Borough of Bromley (Representative of the Local Implementer National Forum)
Julia Hippersley Cox, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and General Practice, University of Oxford
Julian Flowers, Head of Public Health Data Science, PHE
John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, PHE
John Deanfield, British Heart Foundation Vandervell Professor of Cardiology at University College Hospital, London
Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England
Katherine Thompson, Head of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programme, PHE
Lynda Seery, Public Health Specialist, Newcastle City Council (Representative of the Local Implementer National Forum)    
Lorraine Oldridge, National Lead – National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN)              
Matt Kearney, UCL Partners       
Monica Desai, Consultant Public Health Adviser – NICE   
Nick Linker, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England      
Nick Wareham, Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit and co-Director of the Institute of Metabolic Science             
Peter Kelly, Centre Director North East, PHE        
Rachel Clark, Head of Evidence and Evaluation, PHE         
Ralph Mold, Senior Team Leader – Review of the NHS Health Check Programme, PHE     
Richard Fluck, Chair of the Internal Medicine Programme of Care board  
Ruth Chambers, Honorary Professor and Staffordshire STP’s clinical lead for technology enabled care services programme            
Shahed Ahmad, National Clinical Director for CVD Prevention, NHS England         
Zafar Iqbal, Associate Medical Director Public Health; Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Meeting frequency

Once every 3 months

Reports in to

NHS Health Check Advisory Committee

Page reviewed: 17/03/2021