Dr Joe Watts

Head of Cross-Government Data Strategy, DHSC and NHSE Transformation Directorate at Department of Health and Social Care/ HM Government

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Head of Cross-Government Data Strategy, DHSC and NHSE Transformation Directorate Department
Junior Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Joseph Watts is Head of Cross-Government Data Strategy, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England. He is responsible for driving forward the departments ambitions in genomics and genomic-based healthcare, collaborating with industry, academia, the NHS and Genomics England. Prior to joining the Civil Service he was a research scientist, specialising in medicinal chemistry and structure-based drug-design. He is continually seeking ways to improve policy and delivery within Government based on a sound understanding of the subject matter and rigorous use of data and analytics.

In his previous role as Head of Regional Testing Sites, NHS Test & Trace for the Department of Health and Scoial Care he delivered a network of ~50 drive through testing sites and more than 400 Covid testing facilities nationwide.

Dr Joseph Watts holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry "The Synthesis of A-Ring Fluorinated Bile Acid Analogues" and MChem both awarded from the University of Southampton.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.

  • 23 March 2021, 5pm

    David Cleevely Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Angela McLean

    The inaugural lecture of the David Cleevely Annual Lecture Series will be delivered by Professor Dame Angela McLean, Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence.