Managing Consultant

Abeda has 20 years of experience in research and evaluation in physiology (the functioning of the human body) in health services (the design and delivery of healthcare when the body doesn’t function optimally). In doing so she has moved from laboratory science to social science, from independent work to team working. She has experience of geographically and culturally diverse professional environments in England, USA and The Netherlands.


Her enduring professional interest is in feedback loops in complex systems, both biological and social.  As such, in her current setting, she focuses on providing:

pragmatic evaluation, which maintains rigour and is relevant to the needs of the NHS
an emphasis on healthcare knowledge communication, to ensure timely approaches to embedding evidence in practice
collaborative input across academia, policy and practice to allow collective action on complex healthcare issues


In addition to her day-job, Abeda is increasingly preoccupied with gender equity in the receipt and delivery of healthcare. She serves as an advisor on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Prioritisation Panel (Researcher-led) which assesses the research proposals received by the HS&DR, primarily for importance to the NHS.