HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 15 October 2018

ReQoL in Practice Event - November 29th - Sheffield

Register now for ReQoL in Practice event

Date: 29/11/18
Venue: The Showroom Workstation, Sheffield
Cost: Free

The first national ReQoL in Practice event will be held in Sheffield on 29/11/18. The event is an opportunity for clinicians, peer support workers, managers, outcome leads, commissioners and service users to come together to create a community of practice, sharing learning and knowledge about implementing ReQoL and the use of ReQoL in clinical practice and quality improvement. 

Event highlights include an address by Professor Tim Kendall, NHS England's National Clinical Director for Mental health, and structured opportunities for delegates to share learning across different trusts and organisations.

The target audience is practitioners, managers, outcome leads, IT leads, and commissioners. We would welcome Service Users to attend the event and can offer a limited number of travel bursaries. 
You can find out more here http://clahrc-yh.nihr.ac.uk/our-

Details about the event including how to register can be seen here

This event is hosted jointly by the University of Sheffield and CLAHRC-YH
If you have any queries then please direct them to Amanda Lane, email: clahrc-

Thursday, 11 October 2018

University of Sheffield to provide decision support unit for NICE (DSU)

The University of Sheffield are to provide decision support unit for NICE for a further two years from March 2019, after a competitive tender process.

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NICE DSU Website
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

EEPRU Update

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The University of York and University of Sheffield are to jointly provide a five-year NIHR Policy Research Unit in "Economic Methods of Evaluation in Health and Social Care Interventions" starting January 2019.

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Issue 6 of the CLAHRC YH HEOM Newsletter is now out

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HEOM Newsletter
Issue 6 of the CLAHRC YH HEOM Newsletter is now out.  In this issue you can read about:
  • Dr Aimée Fox from the University of York, provides an overview of recent work into evaluating a model of care referred to as ‘Core 24’, including the findings.  
  • Dr Matt Franklin explains the Sheffield Test Bed: Falls-prevention care pathway, the modelling-based approach chosen to perform an exploratory economic evaluation of a falls-prevention care pathway and the three key aspects it incorporated.  
  • Health Economists from the University of Sheffield (ScHARR) and University of York (CHE) discuss the paper they are developing titled "An educational review about using cost data for the purpose of cost-effectiveness analysis".  
  • Dr Lizzie Taylor Buck who invites you to the first national ReQoL in Practice event being held in Sheffield on the 29th November 2018. A link to register for the event can be found here
If you have not received a copy of issues 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 of our newsletter, please visit the CLAHRC YH HEOM Theme webpages to download your copy at http://tinyurl.com/y9rou6c3

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Five fully-funded PhD studentships available at ScHARR

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Wellcome Trust
Five fully-funded PhD studentships available in the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre for Public Health, Health Economics and Decision Science.
Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust and University of Sheffield, our four-year PhD Programme in Public Health Decision Science provides unique interdisciplinary training to equip graduates to be public health leaders and decision scientists of the future.

We award 5 studentships per year (three funded by the Wellcome Trust and two by the University of Sheffield), two of which can cover overseas fees. Each studentship provides a stipend of £19,919 pa increasing to £23,997 pa over the 4 years, tuition fees for 4 years, worth £5,052 pa for Home/EU students or £18,750 pa for international students and research costs.

The closing date for receipt of all required documentation and references is 5 December 2016.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Cochrane Collaboration Issue 9, 2018…

….is complete.  The website lists reviews and protocols.  Of note are……
  • Methods for blood loss estimation after vaginal birth
  • Antigen‐specific active immunotherapy for ovarian cancer
  • Dornase alfa for cystic fibrosis
  • Factors that influence women’s engagement with breastfeeding support: a qualitative evidence synthesis

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Mass resignation at the Cochrane Collaboration

From Nature:
"The board of the Cochrane Collaboration, a prestigious group that reviews health evidence, has been reduced from 13 to 6 members, following a controversial vote to expel a member for the first time in its 25-year existence."

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

HEDS staff at Cochrane Colloquium

The theme of the 2018 Cochrane Colloquium, held in Edinburgh in September, was “Cochrane For All”, and the event featured appearances from several members of HEDS staff.

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The Cochrane Collaboration
Dr. Andrew Booth hosted an oral presentation: "Country-specific qualitative synthesis: harvesting pearls or grit?" and no less than four(!) workshops on different aspects of qualitative evidence synthesis.

Meanwhile, Fiona Campbell gave an oral presentation : "Rapid qualitative reviews (RQRs): what, why, how and where next?"

Finally, Anthea Sutton gave a poster presentation: "Better, faster, stronger: how to find tools to expedite the systematic review process" showcasing the Systematic Review Toolbox (http://systematicreviewtools.com/) in collaboration with Chris Marshall from YHEC.

Details of the sessions delivered by HEDS are below

Andrew Booth

Fiona Campbell

Anthea Sutton

Monday, 24 September 2018

New commissioning policies for the following interventions…..

….based on reviews of clinical and economic evidence.  One of them concludes “NHS England has carefully reviewed the evidence for treating ‘x’ with ‘y’. We have concluded that there is not enough evidence of either clinical or cost effectiveness to consider making this treatment available for a selected group of patients.”

But which one is it…..?  You'll just have to read them......
  • Consultation on clinical commissioning policy: Metreleptin for congenital leptin deficiency
  • Clinical commissioning policies consultation for: Selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) in the treatment of chemotherapy refractory and intolerant, unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer (all ages)Policy proposition on trientine for Wilson disease (all ages)
  • Consultation on a policy proposition for long term left ventricular assist device therapy for advanced heart failure (all ages)

Friday, 21 September 2018

Hello Kyrgyzstan!

It's a big welcome to another long distance web tourist from the latest nation to visit the HEDS Blog for the first time. This time we welcome Kyrgyzstan, making them the 153rd country to come calling. So below are three big facts about Kyrgyzstan.

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Map of Kyrgyzstan
There are just 29.5 people for each square kilometre of land, which means if you move to Kyrgyzstan you'll probably have a long walk to speak to your next door neighbour.

The city of Osh is the oldest in the region dating back 3,000 years and was a major trading point for those travelling on the Silk Road.

If you go there on holiday you won't need a visa, but temperatures can vary from -30C in the winter to 40C in the summer, so make sure you take the right clothing.