Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons
Personal Chair
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602226
Room: Office - 217
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I have 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patient Reported Outcome Measurement
  • Cancer care
  • Health economic evaluation
  • Health services research

Publications

  1. & Development of a novel motivational interviewing (MI) informed peer-support intervention to support mothers to breastfeed for longer. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 18(1)
  2. et. al. Predictive risk stratification model: a randomised stepped-wedge trial in primary care (PRISMATIC). Health Services and Delivery Research 6(1), 1-164.
  3. & Facet-joint injections for non-specific low back pain: a feasibility RCT. Health Technology Assessment 21(74), 1-130.
  4. & Perineural local anaesthetic catheter after major lower limb amputation trial (PLACEMENT): study protocol for a randomised controlled pilot study. Trials 18(1)
  5. & A novel peer-support intervention using motivational interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study. Health Technology Assessment 21(77), 1-138.

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Teaching

  • SHBM00 Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health

    In this module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.

  • SHBM02 Economic Evaluation in Health Care

    The module will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key principles of heath economics, health care financing, health technology assessment, burden of disease, the principles, methods and application of outcomes research and economic evaluation to health care decision making. Students should develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methods of economic evaluation and how health economics can be used to support prioritisation within the wider context of competing demands for health care treatments or services.

  • SHG293 Introduction to Clinical Leadership

    The current and future challenges in health and social care make it essential for front line practitioners to have leadership skills and be able to influence and manage change to improve the care and outcomes for service users and contribute to drive forward service improvement. This module will provide students with the theory underpinning leadership and the management of change and the opportunity to explore and discuss their application in the context of clinical practice.

  • SHG3003 Introduction to Clinical Leadership

    The current and future challenges in health and social care make it essential for front line practitioners to have leadership skills and be able to influence and manage change to improve the care and outcomes for service users and contribute to drive forward service improvement. This module will provide students with the theory underpinning leadership and the management of change and the opportunity to critically explore and discuss their application in the context of clinical practice.

  • SHGM35 Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care

    The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.

  • SHGM40 Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political, economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated.

  • SHP358 Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political , economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated. The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.

Supervision

  • 'The Extent to Which Cell Salvage Can Support Patient Blood Management' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • 'The effect of work-based facilitation in clinical reasoning on outcome in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ceri Rushton
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • How important are therapeutic relationships in the development of self-management behaviours during cancer rehabilitation? (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emma Rees
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Developing a novel psychosocial intervention for people living with persistent pain and psychological comorbidities (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • Experiences of care continuity and recovery outcomes for people at the interface of primary and secondary care in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • Barriers and Facilitators of Cancer Rehabilitation Services and Support in Wales from the perspective of Patients' experiences (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Mari Jones
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
  • 'Grasping the Nettle and enduring the Pain: Healthcare priority setting and Disinvestment in the context of prudent Healthcare' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • ''An overview of the impact of divergence from the optimal care pathway for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease '' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dean of Postgraduate Research - Swansea University

    2011 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 Present Personal Chair (Professor of Health Outcome Research) College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University
2011 2014 Reader Swansea University
2004 2011 Senior Lecturer in Clinical Research (Nursing) Swansea University
2001 2004 Lecturer in Cancer Nursing University of Southampton
1998 2001 Research Fellow School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton
1995 1998 Research Nurse Cancer Sciences Division , School of Medicine, University of Southampton
1994 1995 Staff Nurse posts in Oncology Velindre NHS Trust & Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust

External Responsibilities

Research Groups

  • Academic Director, Swansea Centre for Health Economics

    Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) at Swansea University, delivers a first class research and consultancy service to organisations in the healthcare sector. With over 60 years of experience and a team of health economic experts, SCHE aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry and be the leaders in health economics research in Wales and the UK.

  • Academic Director

    Academic Director of Swansea Centre for Health Economics (2014 - present)

  • Member

    College of Human and Health Sciences College Management Board

  • South East Wales Regional Lead

    South East Wales Lead, Welsh Health Economics Support Service

  • Member

    Member of NICE Health Economists in Guidelines Group

  • Member

    Member of the Welsh Heath Economics Group

  • Member

    Asthma UK Centre for Applied Health Economics Group