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Professor Jon Bisson

Devolved Nations Representative for Wales

Jon completed his undergraduate degree in medicine at Southampton University. He subsequently served in the British Army, commenced his psychiatric training and developed his interest in traumatic stress. He completed his training in Cardiff and is now a practising consultant psychiatrist with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, professor in psychiatry at Cardiff University and Director of Health and Care Research Wales with the Welsh Government.

He developed and continues to lead Cardiff University’s Traumatic Stress Research Group and the Cardiff and Vale Traumatic Stress Service. He has a particular interest in developing and testing new interventions to prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and currently chairs the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Treatment Guidelines Committee.

He instigated and led a comprehensive review of Welsh Government-funded health and social care research infrastructure and programmes in 2013 and 2014. This resulted in the development of restructuring proposals through an iterative and consultative process involving the public, experts external to Wales, industry, NHS, social care, third sector, universities and Welsh Government. The final proposals were implemented with the launch of Health and Care Research Wales and its new five-year strategic plan in May 2015.

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