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The Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis team.  Front L to R: Simon Briscoe, Michael Nunns, Sue Whiffin.  Back L to R: Rob Anderson, Jo Thompson-Coon, Chris Cooper, Liz Shaw

Medical School to host an NIHR HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre

A team within the ESMI research group in the Medical School is to become one of three research groups commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research HS&DR (Health Services & Delivery Research programme) to conduct syntheses of evidence about the organisation and delivery of healthcare. The work will involve appraising and synthesising research and other evidence relating to the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, patient experience, and implementation of models and initiatives for improving the delivery of healthcare and NHS organisation.

This contract to support the HS&DR programme is worth half a million pounds over three years, and means we join the University of York and the University of Sheffield in hosting one of these nationally significant evidence synthesis centres.

Rob Anderson, Director of ESMI, who will lead the centre’s work, said “This commissioned research stream builds perfectly on the established skills and experience of our research group since 2001. In particular, it complements our existing responsive high quality review work that informs NICE Guidance (health technology assessments by PenTAG) and our NHS- and user-driven systematic reviews conducted by NIHR CLAHRC South West Pensinsula (PenCLAHRC) Evidence Synthesis Team. Together with Jo Thompson-Coon and Chris Cooper, the co-investigators of this programme of work bring over 30 years’ combined experience of conducting and leading responsive and innovative systematic reviews to inform health policy, practice and management.

The core team of systematic reviewers and information specialists will work with relevant academic expertise in health services, policy and management fields (Andi Smart, University of Exeter Business School; Rod Sheaff, Plymouth University School of Law, Criminology and Government). It will also make use of established contacts and experience from working directly with NHS staff and organisations in the region through PenCLAHRC".

For more information on the programme of work of the Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre and the team formed to deliver this work, please see the Centre’s web page.