THIN® Advisory Committee

Who are we and what do we do?

The THIN® Advisory Committee provides advice to THIN® on the operations of the database, to ensure that it continues to be used in a way that maximises its research value in the best interests of the public whilst protecting the rights of its data subjects.


Our Advisory Committee meets three times each year, or as needed, and consist of representatives from the following organisations and roles:

  • THIN® management employed by Cegedim

  • Data scientists and epidemiologists from THIN® academic partners

  • NHS clinicians, including general practitioners

  • Patient representatives

The minimum number of individuals for an advisory committee meeting to be quorate is 4, including at least one academic member, one patient member and one NHS clinician.


Committee composition

The initial THIN® Advisory Committee was formed of clinicians, patient representatives and academics from University College London and the University of Birmingham. Future members may be appointed either directly by the committee or through a periodic open application process, at the discretion of the committee. The committee will be chaired by an academic member.


Patient involvement

Patient members were initially recruited from the University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre Patient and Public Involvement Group, by an application process in which they were asked to write 50-100 words on why they wanted to join the committee. In order to provide an independent patient voice, we preferred patients who had not previously worked as researchers in medicine or healthcare.

Patient members will be full members of the committee and will be invited to participate fully in committee activities. They will also be asked to review information intended for the general public, such as the public facing section of the THIN® website and posters and leaflets for patients in general practices contributing to THIN®.


Declaration of interests

All members are required to declare any financial or other interests that may be relevant to their work on this Committee.