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DHCU Directors

Professor Rishabh Prasad

Professor of Digital Medicine | GP Lead
T:  07740 100976

Rishabh Prasad is Honorary Professor of Digital Medicine and a principal in four highly regarded GP practices in Leicester. His achievements include founding a GP provider company with a footprint of 800k patients and leading changes to End of Life Services in the Midlands. His main current research project is HOWZ, which allows for unobtrusive oversight of the elderly using smart home systems.

Prof. Prasad is the UK editor of Univadis, a medical education portal used by over 50k clinicians in the UK. He is focused on delivering clinically effective solutions and has particular expertise and experience in translating digital products into practical digital solutions, thus meeting the needs of both patients and professionals.

Rishabh is a trustee for the Future Care Capital, which is driving the debate on integrating health and social care services.


Professor Bertha Ochieng

Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care | Academic Lead

T:  +44 (01)116 2078973

Bertha Ochieng is Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care at De Montfort University. She has extensive experience of health and social care provision as a clinician, an academic and as a researcher working with community groups and health and social care providers.

Her academic and research focus is on improving health and social care through the provision of high quality education and research that provides positive results to marginalised and social disadvantage populations throughout the life span. Bertha’s strengths are in developing solutions for addressing the health and social care needs of socially disadvantaged populations and building relationships with community groups and practitioners in the health and social care sector. Her work has resulted in collaborations with diverse teams, comprising of, voluntary sector organisations, academics, NHS Trusts and social care teams locally, nationally and internationally. 


Dr Simon Oldroyd

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Simon Oldroyd became PVC/Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in February 2015. Prior to this he had been Deputy Dean to the faculty since October 2011.

Simon is active on regional and national committees concerning education in biosciences and NHS education commissioning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, a STEM ambassador and a member of the board of Trustees of the Hope Against Cancer charity in Leicestershire and Rutland. Simon continues to be involved in teaching of biosciences, PhD student supervision and is an external examiner. He is married with three young children, so any spare time is spent on riot-control.