NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre

Horizon ScanningGroup Lead: Claire Packer


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre is a research programme funded to provide advanced notice to the NIHR, Department of Health and NHS policy makers in England of key emerging health interventions that may require further research or consideration of their clinical and cost impact on patients and health services.

Our Research Group

The NIHR HSRIC provides information to NIHR  research programmes such as the Health Technology Assessment and Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programmes; numerous work programmes within the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; and NHS England.

The HSRIC collaborates with many organisations with an interest in the future including horizon scanning organisations and networks in the rest of the UK, Europe and the world. The group also researches into the methods used and impact of early awareness and alert activities.

In addition to focussing on individual new and emerging technologies, mostly drugs, medical devices or diagnostic tests; the Centre also undertakes in-depth horizon scanning reviews centred on key patient groups or technological advances.

Further information about the group’s activities and all published information briefings and reports can be found here:

The NIHR HSRIC hosts the Secretariat for EuroScan – the International Information Network on New and Emerging Health Technologies:

Selected publications

For an up-to-date list of publications from the research group see


Principal Investigators:

Dr Claire Packer
Dr Derek Ward
Professor Andrew Stevens

Research Fellows:

Dr Sue Simpson
Dr Ali Cook

Senior Analysts:

Dr Sara Trevitt
Dr Biruntha Senthinathan
Dr Luan Linden
Kathryn Miles
Joanna Smith
Louisa Hamilton
Dr Lucy Doos
Zaheda Teladia
Sandhya Duggal