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Sam has a PhD in management group decision processes in health-related decision settings, and a BSc in Psychology with Criminology – both from the University of South Wales. Her interest in health services research began during her PhD studies when she researched the judgement processes of NICE Guidance Development Groups (GDGs). She joined the Health Economics & Policy Research Unit at the University of South Wales in September 2007, and provided health economics research support, working on various healthcare projects and clinical trials, including: PAAD, ELIJAH, TCADS, PREFERS and many others.

She recently moved to Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) at Swansea University in January 2015, taking on a combined role as Research and Operations Assistant. Her main responsibilities now focus on: assisting in the management of SCHE procedures and policies, assessing unit costs for healthcare interventions, measuring health-related quality of life for economic evaluation (cost utility analysis), and supporting health-related organisations with prioritisation decisions using Programme Budgeting and Marginal Analysis (PBMA). Sam is currently assisting on research projects including: HAPPIKNEES, CREAM, POETIC and GASP.

Sam also teaches in a number of Health Economics subjects and is currently supervising two PhDs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Economics research - focussing on assessing unit costs of health interventions and resource use
  • and measuring health-related quality of life for economic evaluation
  • Management Decision-Making research - focussing on the use of group support technologies in health-related decision settings
  • Operations Management - assisting in the organisation of procedures and processes for Swansea Centre of Health Economics (SCHE)


  1. Battle, C., Abbott, Z., Hutchings, H., O’Neill, C., Groves, S., Watkins, A., Lecky, F., Jones, S., Gagg, J., Body, R., Evans, P., Evans, A., Groves, S. Protocol for a multicentre randomised feasibility STUdy evaluating the impact of a prognostic model for Management of BLunt chest wall trauma patients: STUMBL trial BMJ Open 7 7 e015972
  2. Gillespie, D., Hood, K., Bayer, A., Carter, B., Duncan, D., Espinasse, A., Evans, M., Nuttall, J., Stanton, H., Acharjya, A., Allen, S., Cohen, D., Groves, S., Francis, N., Howe, R., Johansen, A., Mantzourani, E., Thomas-Jones, E., Toghill, A., Wood, F., Wigglesworth, N., Wootton, M., Butler, C., Groves, S. Antibiotic prescribing and associated diarrhoea: a prospective cohort study of care home residents Age and Ageing
  3. Perry, J., Allen, D., Pimm, C., Meek, A., Lowe, K., Groves, S., Cohen, D., Felce, D., Groves, S. Adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: the costs and outcomes of in- and out-of-area placements Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 57 2 139 152
  4. Allen, D., Cohen, D., Hood, K., Robling, M., Atwell, C., Lane, C., Lowes, L., Channon, S., Gillespie, D., Groves, S., Harvey, J., Gregory, J., Groves, S. Continuity of care in the transition from child to adult diabetes services: a realistic evaluation study Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 17 3 140 148
  5. Roberts, S., Williams, J., Cohen, D., Akbari, A., Groves, S., Button, L., Roberts, S., Akbari, A., Groves, S. Feasibility of using routinely collected inpatient data to monitor quality and inform choice: a case study using the UK inflammatory bowel disease audit Frontline Gastroenterology 2 3 153 159

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  • SHP208 Health and Economics

    This module will provide an introduction to economic theory and the role of economics in health care. It will consider issues of scarcity and choice; markets and market failure; efficiency and equity; consumer and provider behaviour; outputs and outcomes in health care and economic evaluation. This module aims to outline the role of economic appraisal in decision making in health care. It will highlight the importance of economics in determining how and where to utilize limited resources. Students will be introduced to techniques of economic evaluation. Students will be able to discuss the basic principles of economics and how resources are allocated; they will be able to present and discuss concept of welfare economics; they will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the techniques and relevance of economic evaluation.