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I have been a researcher for 16 years and carried out many HTA of RCT and cluster RCTs, 5 of these studies recruited the largest number of patients for type of intervention (the HELP study, the DECIDE study, the DEPICTED study, the FRAGMATIC study, the CONSTRUCT Study). In 2005 I was awarded a MRC Training Research Fellowship to study the use of a stated preference elicitation technique (Discrete Choice Experiment) applied to health care. This work formed the base for my PhD. For three years I was a member of the Research, Design and Conduct Service and supported the Welsh NHS staff community who aimed to submit peer reviewed funding applications. This experience has broadened my research skills in particular with reference to how to turn good research ideas into robust and feasible research projects. I teach introduction to health economics to a series of undergraduate and post-graduate courses and I am the module leader for ME3068 Health Economics module, Intercalated BSc, School of Medicine, Cardiff University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Services Research
  • Economic Evaluation of Health Technology Assessments
  • Patients preferences and the use of Discrete Choice Experiment
  • Mixed methods approach

Publications

  1. & Randomized Phase III Trial of Standard Therapy Plus Low Molecular Weight Heparin in Patients With Lung Cancer: FRAGMATIC Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology
  2. & What do we know about the risks for young people moving into, through and out of inpatient mental health care? Findings from an evidence synthesis. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health 9(55), 1-17.
  3. & An evidence synthesis of risk identification, assessment and management for young people using tier 4 inpatient child and adolescent mental health services. Health Services and Delivery Research 3(22), 1-228.
  4. & Healthy eating and lifestyle in pregnancy (HELP): a protocol for a cluster randomised trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a weight management intervention in pregnancy. BMC Public Health 14(1), 439
  5. & The effect of the Talking Diabetes consulting skills intervention on glycaemic control and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes: cluster randomised controlled trial (DEPICTED study). BMJ 344(apr26 2), e2359-e2359.

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Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
July 2012 March 2015 RDCS Research Advisor Health Economics & Policy Research Unit, University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Health, Sport & Science
October 2005 June 2012 Research Fellow Health Economics & Policy Research Unit, University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Health, Sport & Science
October 2005 September 2009 MRC Training Research Fellow Health Economics & Policy Research Unit, University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Health, Sport & Science
March 2001 September 2005 Research Officer Health Economics & Policy Research Unit, University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Health, Sport & Science
January 1999 February 2001 Research Assistant Health Economics & Policy Research Unit, University of Glamorgan, Faculty of Health, Sport & Science

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