Hello, I am Achim Wolf
Head of Cross-Cutting Policy, NHS Test and Trace
Honorary Researcher, University of Oxford

I am based in NHS Test and Trace at the Department of Health and Social Care in London. I continue to hold an Honorary Researcher position with the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology group at the University of Oxford, where I also completed my doctorate.

Personal Info




Work experience

  • Head of Cross-Cutting Policy - NHS Test and Trace
    January 2021 - Current

    Leading a team of policy and public health specialists working on complex cross-cutting policy at NHS Test and Trace, England’s COVID-19 contract tracing and testing system.

    Honorary Researcher - University of Oxford
    July 2018 - Current

    Statistical, technical and methodological assistance and advice on clinical prediction rules, evidence synthesis, and data linkage studies.

  • Senior Strategy Advisor - NHS Test and Trace
    September 2020 - December 2020

    Advisor in the Strategy Unit of NHS Test and Trace, England’s COVID-19 contract tracing and testing system.

  • CPRD Senior Researcher - Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
    May 2018 - August 2020

    Senior Researcher at the Observational Research Team at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), the NHS observational data and interventional research service.

  • Senior Research Fellow - St Andrew's Healthcare
    Honorary Research Associate - University of Oxford
    September 2017 - April 2018

    Research collaboration between St Andrew's Healthcare and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford into translational research in mental health.

  • Consultant - Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
    February 2017 - October 2017

    Statistical analysis and prediction modelling for NIHR-funded project on self-harm in prison, led by Prof Keith Hawton and Prof Seena Fazel.

  • Research Assistant - Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
    January 2012 - August 2017

    Wellcome Trust funded project investigating associations between severe mental illness and violent crime using Swedish national population registers.

  • Clinical Trial Coordinator - FEMME study, University of Oxford
    October 2011 - December 2011

    Trial coordinator for the Oxford site of the multi-centre FEMME study (uterine artery embolisation vs. myomectomy for uterine fibroids), recruiting clinicians.

  • Research Assistant - Department of Health Sciences, University of York
    April 2011

    Co-wrote an internal methodological paper on cluster-RCT analysis with Dr Mona Kanaan.

  • Volunteer - Oxfam shops, York & Oxford
    September 2010 - January 2012

    Organized a fundraising event for schools in York. Administrative and shop-assistant work.

  • Research Assistant - Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
    April 2009

    Worked with Prof Jonathan Bradshaw to conduct data analyses on repeat abortions in the UK. Wrote a critical appraisal of the Save the Children 'Child Development Index'.

  • Research Intern - L&R Social Research, Vienna
    August 2008

    Project on Austrian apprentices and their career prospects. Performed qualitative interviews with former apprentices.

  • Conference and Banqueting Assistant - Royal York Hotel
    June 2008 - October 2010

    Event management. Waitering, portering, setting up conference rooms, etc.

  • Intern - FAWOS (Centre for Secure Tenancy), Vienna
    August 2007

    Conducted surveys and interviews with tenants. Provided legal and social care information, and translations of charity documents.

  • Intern - Wohndrehscheibe, Vienna
    August 2006

    Provided support to migrants, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals searching for accommodation, and conducted interviews.

  • Intern - ÖSB Consulting, Vienna
    August 2005

    Produced newsletters, web maintenance, and translations for a project on international employment policies.


  • DPhil in Psychiatry
    2013 - 2017

    University of Oxford, UK

    Thesis: "Violence in severe mental illness: Risk factors, risk assessment, and prevention"

  • MSc in Applied Health Research
    2010 - 2011

    University of York, UK

    Dissertation: "Predictive factors of individual changes in problem drinking in brief interventions"

  • BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    2007 - 2010

    University of York, UK

  • European Baccalaureate
    1993 - 2007

    European School of Brussels 1, Belgium
    Lycée Français in Vienna, Austria


Presentations and Public Engagement


  • OxRisk Website

    Creator and administrator of OxRisk website, platform for freely available web-based risk calculators.

  • FPRS Website

    Creator and administrator of the website of the Forensic Psychiatry Research Society.

  • Facebook and Mental Wellbeing Website

    Participant information and recruitment website for research study into social media use and mental wellbeing.