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Dr Berni Sewell

Dr Berni Sewell

Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences

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+44 (0) 1792 606504

Email address

Research Links

Office - 216
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I work as a Senior Lecturer for Health Economics at the Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE), a thriving research centre based within the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. I am also a Co-Applicant and Management Team member of Health and Care Economics Cymru, which was re-commissioned by Welsh Government as one of the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure groups to provide health economic support to the development of world-class research for Wales.

I started my career in research with an MSc in Botany at the University of Vienna and trained as a microscopy and electron microscopy technician. Following a PhD in allergy research at Worcester University, I started employment at Swansea University as a health economist in 2009. Since then, I have been involved in over 30 randomised controlled trials, real-world evaluations and decision-analytic modelling studies as Principal Investigator or lead health economist and contributed to two National clinical guidelines.

I am the SCHE team leader for the health economic assessment of new medicines submitted to the All Wales Therapeutic and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) as part of the review undertaken by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) with over 30 appraisals undertaken to date. I am also a voting member of the Interim Pathways Commissioning Group and the Health Technology Wales Assessment Group.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Health economics
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Health economic evaluation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I have been involved in UG and PGT teaching and research supervision for many years; supervising PhD and and MSc to completion.

I am the module lead of the health economic evaluation module as part of the Healthcare Management programme and teach on a range of UG and PGT programmes within the College on health economics. 

I also supported Cardiff University in delivering their MPH programme (2015-19) and teach on the health economics module in the Population Health Intercalated Degree for Medical Students.

Research

Being a health economist provides the opportunity to be involved in a large variety of research projects in all areas of healthcare across the UK and internationally. However, my main research focus in recent years has been on the cost-effectiveness of various cancer diagnosis and management options, novel therapies for neurodegenerative disease and paramedic intervention as well as health technology assessment. I aim to design health economic evaluations that provide high-quality evidence and meaningful results that can inform decision making and improve efficiency of healthcare delivery and management in routine practice.

Recently completed work includes leading the health economic evaluations of randomised controlled trials of point-of-care testing in primary care to guide antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPD, radiotherapy in addition to stent placement to improve swallowing in palliative patients with oesophageal cancer and a new surgical closure technique to reduce hernia incidence in patients undergoing colorectal cancer surgery. Recent real-world evaluations using routine data include the first UK cost-effectiveness analysis of a rapid diagnosis centre for patients with vague symptoms that could be due to cancer.

Further details of our research at Swansea Centre for Health Economics can be found at: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/research-at-the-college-of-human-and-health/research-centres-and-groups-at-human-and-health/swansea-centre-for-health-economics/.

 

Collaborations

Other websites that showcase the research I am involved in include: