In his role as Global Head of QMI, Dr Whittington leads a fantastically experienced team of Quality Analysts, Methodology Leads and Trainers, maintaining high standards across the organization. In addition, he supports all areas of Doctor Evidence’s client services, providing high-level methodological support and strategic oversight. Craig plays a key role in the GROWTH initiative and is responsible for maintaining strong links with academic and research groups involved in the methodological development of techniques relevant to Doctor Evidence.
Craig is a Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology (UK), an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL) and Director of the UK GRADE Centre. He received a PhD in Psychology in 2000, and has 14 years’ experience developing clinical practice guidelines for the UK’s National Health Service, commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Craig began as a Senior Systematic Reviewer/Methodologist, and later, Associate Director for Clinical Effectiveness at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH). In those roles he was involved in the development of 36 clinical guidelines, for which he conducted over 100 systematic reviews. He is an author of over 90 research papers, clinical guidelines, book chapters and conference posters/ presentations. His most highly cited journal article was published in the Lancet and received the journals Paper of the Year Award 2004. Referred to by the Editor as “one of the most stunning and influential systematic reviews in recent years,” it has been cited over 650 times.
Craig is particularly interested in the development of systematic review methodology and associated training, sitting on several National and International working groups; he is current Co-Chair of G-I-N Tech (a Guidelines International Network Working Group), a member of the Governance Board for the Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR), and a member of the GRADE Working Group. In addition, he is a frequent peer reviewer for journals such as the BMJ, Lancet, JAMA Psychiatry, and the British Journal of Psychiatry having spent several years as the journals Statistical Advisor for Reviews.