Professor Rod Taylor
Honorary Clinical Professor
Rod Taylor is Professor of Health Services Research based in the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter, UK. He is currently Academic lead for the Exeter Clinical Trials Support Network and coordinates the Exeter Cardiovascular Research Network and the Cochrane cardiac rehabilitation review portfolio.
Rod has been working in health service research and health technology assessment for over 20 years and has published more than 200 research articles. His former academic appointments include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Universities of Birmingham and Glasgow and he was first Director of Technology Appraisals at the National Institute for Health and Social Excellence (NICE) in London from 1999 to 2000. He a committee member on the NICE’s Technology Appraisal committee for 5 years and is currently a member of the NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory (IPAC) committee and a number of NIHR funding panels, including commissioned HTA Research, Health Service & Development Research (HS&DR) and South West RfPB.
Broad research specialisms
Rod Taylor’s main methodological research expertise are in medical statistics and clinical trial design, in particular the design and analysis of clinical trials of complex interventions and the design of trials to inform reimbursement and health policy. He currently provides statistical and trial design support for a number of NIHR and MRC funded clinical trials and areas of current research activity include: the use of surrogate outcomes in clinical trials and HTA, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness methods for medical devices, and the development, and evaluation of cardiovascular secondary prevention/rehabilitation intervention.
BSc Hons Physiology, University of Glasgow, 1982
PhD Clinical Physiology, University of Glasgow, 1985
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics, University of Aberdeen, 1995
MSc in Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2000
Research group links
Main methodological research expertise is medical statistics and clinical trial design, in particular the design and analysis of clinical trials of complex interventions and the design of trials to inform reimbursement and health policy. He currently provides statistical and trial design support for a number of NIHR and MRC funded clinical trials and areas of current research activity include: the use of surrogate outcomes in clinical trials and HTA, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness methods for medical devices, and the development, and evaluation of cardiovascular secondary prevention/rehabilitation intervention.
• Campbell J, Richards S, Dickens C, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Ukoumunne O, Anderson R, Gandhi M, Turner K, Richards D, Kuyken W, Kessler D. A feasibility study and pilot RCT to establish methods for assessing the acceptability, and clinical and cost-effectiveness of enhanced psychological care in cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with new onset depression compared with treatment as usual (CADENCE). Funded by NIHR HTA Programme (12/189/06). £560,329 [to be ratified]. 3-year project starting 1st January 2014
• Gabbay M, Byng R, Phillips C, King M, Kindermann P, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Huxley C, Matthews D, Firth L, May C, Byne P, Edwards S, Rawcliffe T, Thompson S, Emsley R, Croften-Martin G, Marr G, Carrington D. DeCoDer Trial Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an Adaptive Randomised Controlled Trial. Funded by NIHR HTA Programme (11/148/01) £1,922,399. 5-year project, starting March 2015.
• Tarriconi R, Sculpher M, Schreyoegg J, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Siebert U, Prevolnik Rupel V, Boriani G. Methods for Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices: a European Perspective (MedTechHTA). Funded by EU FP7 (Project No. 305694) €1,130,323, 3-year project, started January 2012.
• Dalal H, Taylor RS (joint principal investigator), Austin J, Britten N, Davies R, Jolly K, Green C, Lewin R, Lough F, Packard J, Singh S, Thompson D, Van Lingen R, Williams R, Wingham J Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF). Funded by NIHR Programme Grant £1,995,656 (PGfAR RP-PG-0611-12004).5-year project, started October 2012.
• Richards D, Gilbody S, Kuyken W, Taylor RS (co-applicant), O’Neill E, Byford S, Watkins E, Wright K, Ekers D, McMillian D, O’Mahen H, Ferrand P. COBRA (Cost and Outcome of BehaviouRal Activation): a Randomised Controlled Trial of Behavioural Activation versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression. Funded by NIHR HTA Programme £1,871,570 (10/50/14). 48-month project started April 2012
• Ferrand P, Taylor A, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Green C, Greaves C, Evans P, Hillsdon M. Integrating Behavioural Activation and Physical Activity promotion (BAcPAc): A pilot randomised controlled trial with depressed patients. Funded by MRC NPRI £290,413. 18-month project starting June 2012
• Wyatt K, Logan S, Lloyd J, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Green C, Taylor A, Tomlinson R, Cluster randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a novel school-based intervention (Healthy Lifestyles Programme, HeLP) to prevent and reduce obesity in children. Funded by NIHR PH Programme (10/301/01) 5-year project starting from March 2012. £1,986,740 (10/301/01).
• Fortnum H, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Hyde C, Ukoumme O, Benton C, Moody J, Briscoe V. The diagnostic accuracy of hearing tests and cost-effectiveness of school entry hearing screening programmes. Funded by NIHR HTA Programme £140,785 (10/63/03) 24-month project starting from March 2012. £750,750
• Taylor RS (Principal investigator). The use of surrogate outcomes in clinical trials and HTA: a methodological review. Peninsula Medical School PhD studentship, £25,000. 3-year year project, started Feb 2011.
• Eldabe S, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Thompson S, Rapheal J, deBelder M, Manca A, Serino W. A multicentre randomised controlled trial of spinal cord stimulation plus usual care vs. usual care alone in the management of refractory angina: A feasibility & pilot study. NIHR RfPB funded £250,000 (PB-PG-1208-18031). 18-month project started July 2010.
• BynCampbell J, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Salisbury C, Lattimer V, Dale J, Britten N. The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of telephone triage of patients requesting same day consultations in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial comparing nurse led and GP-led management systems (ESTEEM). Funded by NIHR Clinical Trials Programme, £1,887,109 (08/53/15). A 34 month project started Nov 2009 http://www.hta.ac.uk/project/1865.asp
• Kuyken W, Byford S, Ryng R, Dalgleish T, Lewis G, Taylor RS (co-applicant), Watkins E, Lanham P, Kessler D. Preventing depressive relapse/recurrence in NHS settings through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) – PREVENT. Funded by NIHR Clinical Trials Programme, £1,828,161 (08/56/01). A 30-month project started Jan 2010. http://www.hta.ac.uk/project/1924.asp
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External Engagement and Impact
Member of NICE Health Technology Appraisal Committee, 2006-2012
Member of NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC), 2008-present
Member of NIHR South West Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Committee South West, 2010-present
Core member of NIHR HTA Themed Call Board, 2012-present
Member of NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Researcher-Led panel, 2013-present
Core group of Methodological Experts for the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research programme, 2013-present
Editorial board member for: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, Neuromodulation, Pain Practice
Evidence based medicine input to:
• PenCLARHC Using Evidence to Make Clinical Decisions
Supervision of PhD students