Chris Mainey

Chris Mainey

Deputy Director of Specialist Analytics

North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB)


Chris Mainey is a data scientist and analytical leader in the UK National Health Service (NHS). He has led analytical teams in Patient Safety at NHSE, national benchmarking at University Hospitals Birmingham and has recently joined the specialist analytics team at North Central London ICB. He has experience in patient safety, public health, clinical networks, acute trust informatics, and leading analytical and data science teams.

Chris’ work focuses on modelling NHS data, with strong expertise in R and SQL, and experience with a variety of statistical modelling and machine learning techniques. He completed his PhD at UCL, on modelling NHS incident reporting data using quantitative methods and NLP/text mining.

Chris is an experienced trainer, presenter, and post-grad teacher, keen on communicating health data, statistics and ML methods to a variety of audiences. He is a member of the NHS-R community Technical Advisory Group, has authored and maintains several R packages, and is keen to promote R awareness and adoption in the NHS, as well as the wider data science skill set.

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  • R
  • NHS and Healthcare data
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Mortality, secondary care and patient safety data
  • Teaching
  • PhD in Applied Statistics and Machine Learning, 2020

    University College London (UCL)

  • PGC in Public Health, 2015

    University of Birmingham

  • BSc in Microbiology with Industrial Experience, 2006

    University of Manchester


Deputy Director of Specialist Analytics
Oct 2022 – Present UK
Leading the specialist analytics team on projects to support the ICB, including modelling, GIS, supporting population health management.
Head of Patient Safety Measurement for Improvement
Apr 2022 – Oct 2022 UK
Leading the analytical team in patient safety, covering incident reporting, patient safety measurement, and analytical support for national programmes.
Patient Safety Lead - System Analysis and Delivery
Mar 2021 – Mar 2022 UK
Leading the analysis team for national incident reporting data, and developing new techniques to aid learning from incidents and improve patient safety.
Senior Data Scientist
Jan 2020 – Feb 2021 Birmingham, UK

Senior Analyst and data science lead. Responsibilities include:

  • Leading on development and implementation of data science methods at UHB
  • Statistical and Machine Learning Modelling
  • Building tools and systems in R and SQL
  • Planning and line management
  • Managing departmental learning and development function
  • Leading series of commercial R-training courses
Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 – Sep 2018 London, UK
Leading seminars/teaching sessions, and lecturing on statistics and use of evidence for medical school, leading seminars and group practicals on Masters in Data science for Healthcare, and marking for undergraduate medical school projects and quantitative psychology masters dissertations.
Intelligence Analyst
Jun 2012 – Jan 2020 Birmingham, UK

Senior Analyst and statistical lead. Responsibilities include:

  • Data Analysis
  • Statistical and Machine Learning Modelling
  • Building tools and systems in R and SQL
  • Planning and line management
  • Training and presentation to customers and staff
Data Manager (AIR Study)
Jan 2011 – Jun 2012 Birmingham, UK
Data linkage and algorithm development for following up attendances, vaccinations and blood tests in HIV-patient cohort.
Informatics Analyst
Jan 2011 – Jun 2012 Birmingham, UK
Monthly hospital KPI reporting process & HIV dashboard and analytics development.
Cancer Informatics Analyst
Arden Cancer Network
Mar 2010 – Jan 2011 Coventry, UK
Informatics support and analysis for various network projects including surveys design and data capture, monthly cancer waiting times reporting, and data analysis and preparation for peer review.
Information Officer
West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unity (WMCIU)
Mar 2009 – Mar 2010 Birmingham, UK
Production of regular cancer registration statistics, ad-hoc and specialist reports, and supervision of other teams members.