Andrew qualified in medicine in 1983, having been a geographer/incipient town planner before that. He specialised in community medicine/ public health and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 1995.
He has spread his public health career across: (1) Health authorities – Paddington and then Lewisham and North Southwark (1985 – 89); (2) The Department Health (1989-1993); (3) Universities – Southampton and Birmingham (1992- present).
He has over 120 publications including his 5 edited books.
His interest in needs assessment to inform the commissioning of health care stems from the 1989 NHS review and resulted in his producing the “Needs” series (published 1994, 2001, 2004 and 2007), which was greatly influenced the methods used in health care needs assessment in Britain.
He was the founding Director of the National Coordinating Centre for HTA (Now NETSCC) in Southampton in 1996, and of the National Horizon Scanning Centre (now NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre) in Birmingham in 1999 when he also co-founded the international network, EuroScan, with its secretariat in Birmingham.
Andrew’s interest in HTA progressed into working with NICE since 2000. As first Vice-Chair and then Chair of one its Appraisal Committees he has been closely involved with its scientific methods and processes since 2000. He has talked and taught widely on its methods including in Washington, Beijing and Brasilia.
From 2001 until 2011 he was a non-executive director of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS trust, and became its Vice-Chairman when it became an FT in 2006. In 2010 he also invited to join the Governance Board for the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (2010).
Andrew is an UK Research Infrastructure Advisory group member, a member of the 2008 RAE HSR sub-panel, a member of the NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant Scheme Commissioning panel 2010, a former member of NIHR Methodology Panel (2007-8), the Ludwig Boltzman Institute (Austria) International HTA evaluation Panel (2009), and the Institutes of Medicine National (US) Cancer Biomarkers Panel (2006).