Dr Jem Rashbass studied medicine at University College London, was a graduate student of Professor Sir John Gurdon in Cambridge, then trained in diagnostic pathology. He has worked on large-scale healthcare data systems for the last 25 years in a variety of different settings - first as an academic, then through national policy and within the health service. He is now the National Director for Disease Registration and Cancer Analysis in Public Health England and the PHE Cancer Lead. In this role he is responsible for 350 staff in the National Disease Registration Services in England.
He was the founder of Clinical and Biomedical Computing Ltd., which developed the online service “Medicines Complete” for the Pharmaceutical Press; this included the British National Formulary, Martindale Drug Reference and Merck Index. In 2011 he launched a social enterprise, Health Data Insight C.I.C. to act as an ethical information intermediary for health data; in 2018 HDI released the first version of the Simulacrum – a synthetic dataset that mirrors some of the National Cancer Registry data in PHE.