Fiona Carragher

Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society


Fiona Carragher is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 45 separate scientific specialisms.

A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system as well as working with senior leaders within both the NHS England and the wider NHS. Given her background, she has a particular responsibility to provide clinical advice and professional leadership for pathology within NHS England. Fiona has significant experience in both public health and treatment & care, having led and worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital, London – with a focus on providing high quality, innovative laboratory services. Most recently she led a number of specialised laboratories for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disease and was Director of Newborn Screening for the South East Thames Region.

As Scientific Director for NHS London she led a number of broader healthcare science projects including technology adoption and leadership development, and created a proactive scientific and diagnostics network across the capital that supports quality improvement and effective commissioning.

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a member of multi-professional organisations such as the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine and British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group.

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