Deb has over 20 years’ experience in health services and outcomes research. Since 2009 I have developed a growing portfolio of work within the field of health economic evaluation with over 25 projects in my portfolio as Principal Investigator or as lead health economist on large projects with collaborators across UK and Europe.
Her background ensures that she has a broad range of skills and experience in undertaking evaluation and translating evidence to a range of audiences involved in health and social care decision making. Her specialist interests are in cancer and chronic health conditions. Deb also has a keen interest in public health, particularly dental public health. Her background in nursing and clinical research ensures that Deb can understand and translate the requirements of real world practice into robust and meaningful evaluation.
Deb has a national and international profile of working with others including NHS health boards/ trusts, other public sector bodies, NICE, Welsh Government, Charities, industry and globally recognised research groups such as her role on the executive of the EORTC Quality of Life Group- a world leading research group in the field of patient-reported outcomes in cancer.
Recently completed work includes being the lead for health economic analysis that was done to model cost-effectiveness of stem cell transplantation and secondary analysis of the national cancer patient survey to inform information and support needs guidance; recently published in NICE guidance NG52 (management of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma); lead health economist (working with CEDAR) to support the evidence for NICE Public Health Guidance- NG48- due to be published late 2016) and lead health economist on the Seal and Varnish Trial as part of a major NIHR funded trial in community dental health in school children (expected publication Autumn 2016).
Deb also has a substantial track record of academic leadership within the College of Human and Health Sciences and University; having been a prior Director of Postgraduate Research (PGR) from 2005- 2009 and Chair of the Research Committee from 2007-2009. From 2011-2014, Deb was the Dean of Postgraduate Research (PGR) Students at Swansea University providing academic leadership to the University’s PGR staff and student community, leading a team of 4 Associate Deans and administrative staff. Deb was part of the University’s research committee and strategic research group, supporting the University REF development for REF2014.