fonds CR - Culyer Report: Papers of Professor Anthony Culyer, Chair of the NHS Task Force on Research and Development

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Culyer Report: Papers of Professor Anthony Culyer, Chair of the NHS Task Force on Research and Development


  • 1993-2001 (Creation)

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0.08 cubic metres

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Biographical history

Anthony Culyer was born in Surrey in 1942. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Exeter in 1964, before spending a year at the University of California in Los Angeles on a Fulbright Travel scholarship. In 1969 he moved to York where he became a Professor in the Department of Economics and Related Studies and was Head of Department 1986-2001. In 1991 he was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university and from 1994 to 1997 he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Culyer is a leading authority on health economics. In 1972 he founded the Health Economists’ Study Group, the first professional organisation of its kind for health economists in the UK. In 1982 he co-founded the Journal of Health Economics with Joe Newhouse of Harvard University and was an active editor of the Journal until 2013.

He was also a founder member of the NHS Central Research and Development Committee and in 1993 he chaired a Task Force on Support for NHS Research and Development. The Culyer Report which followed in September 1994 led to major changes in the organisation and funding of research in the NHS. In 1999 he was awarded a CBE for his services to NHS research and development and in the same year he was appointed Vice-Chair of the new National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), a position which he held until 2003. He has since served as a member of the NICE Citizens Council Committee and the NICE International Advisory Committee. He also chairs the the Policy and Editorial Committees of the Office of Health Economics in London.

Outside of the UK, Professor Culyer was appointed Chief Scientist at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Work and Health, 2003-2006, and then Ontario Chair of Health Policy & System Design at the university, 2007-2014. In 2014 he was made Adjunct Professor and Visiting Fellow in the university’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He also served as Chair of the Research Advisory Council of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board in Ontario, 2006-2010.

Professor Culyer is the author of numerous works, including ‘The Dictionary of Health Economics’ (Cheltenham, 2005) and ‘The Humble Economist: Tony Culyer on Health, Health Care and Social Decision Making’ (York, 2012).

In 2015 Professor Culyer was made Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of York.

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The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute by Professor Culyer in 2003.

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Papers relating to the NHS Research and Development Task Force including terms of reference, 1994; correspondence, 1993-2001; agendas and related papers for task force meetings, 1993-1994; minutes of the sub-group on budget, 1997; minutes of the Research and Development Board strategy session, 1997; task force membership lists, 1993-1994; research sponsors and users group membership lists, n.d., and reports, 1994; reports of responses to consultation exercise, 1994; papers relating to the drafting and publication of the final report, 1994; printed articles and letters from the press concerning the Culyer Report and its implementation.


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Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

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ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 27.04.15.




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