Claire Packer is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine and Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre.
Claire has been Director of the Horizon Scanning Centre since 1998, and is responsible for the delivery of a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research programme to identify emerging and new health care technologies likely to be of importance to the National Health Service in the near future.
Claire is active in the early awareness and alert field internationally and is Head of the Secretariat for the European Information Network on New and Changing Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network) - a collaborative group of health technology assessment agencies interested in the early identification and early assessment of health technologies.
Prior to joining the University of Birmingham Claire trained as a General Practitioner and worked within the Public Health departments of several Health Authorities within the West Midlands.
Claire Packer qualified in medicine at the University of Nottingham in 1983, having been awareded an intercalated BMedSci in 1981. Claire worked as a junior and senior house officer in hospitals in Coventry, before completing her training in General Practice in Rugby. Claire joined the West Midlands public health training scheme in 1990 and worked in Health Authorities in Worcester, Sandwell, and North Worcestershire. During her time at North Worcestershire Health Authority Claire spend time with the Bromsgrove GP Fundholding group inputting public health expertise.
Claire completed public health training in 1996 and worked as a locum consultant in public health in Wolverhampton before joining the University of Birmingham.
In conjunction with Professor Andrew Stevens, Claire won a competitive tender to provide horizon scanning intelligence about emerging health technologies to the Department of Health and national NHS policy makers. This led to the setting up of the National Horizon Scanning Centre (NHSC) in 1998. The NHSC was incoporated as a Research Programme in the National Institute for Health Research in 2006, and became the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre in April 2012.
As well as providing information to NHS policy makers the NIHR HSC has an active research programme into methods used in the early identification and assessment of significant emerging health technologies and into their adoption, diffusion and impact on patients and health services. Claire and the NIHR HSC staff have published extensively in this field.
The NIHR HSC was a founder member of the European Information Network on New and Changing Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network). The EuroScan International Network is the leading global collaborative network that collects and shares information on innovative technologies in healthcare in order to support decision-making and the adoption and use of effective, useful and safe health-related technologies. The EuroScan International Network is also the principal global forum for the sharing and development of methods for the early identification and early assessment of new and emerging health-related technologies and their potential impact on existing technologies.
Packer C, Fung M, Stevens A. Ten years of early awareness and alert activity: Judging success. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 28(3). Accepted for publication 2012.
Packer C, Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea I, Simpson S. The evolution of early awareness and alert (EAA) methods and systems. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 28(3). Editorial. Accepted for publication 2012.
Martino OI, Ward DJ, Packer C, Simpson S Stevens A. Innovation and the Burden of Disease: Retrospective Observational Study of New and Emerging Health Technologies Reported by the EuroScan Network from 2000 to 2009. Value in Health 2012; 15:376-380.
Smith J, Cook A, Packer C, Stokes-Lampard H. Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis: is more choice a good thing? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2011;37(1):4-7.
Smith J, Cook A, Packer C. Evaluation criteria to assess the value of identification sources for horizon scanning. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 26:3 (2010), 348–353. doi:10.1017/S026646231000036X.
Fung M, Simpson S, Packer C. Identification of Innovation in Public Health. Journal of Public Health Advance Access published on June 4, 2010. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdq045.
Plüddermann A, Heneghan C, Thompson M, Roberts N, Summerton N, Price C, Linden-Phillips L, Packer C. Prioritisation criteria for the selection of new diagnostic technologies for evaluation. BMC Health Services Research 2010; 10:109.
Simpson S, Packer C, Carlson P, Sanders JM, Gutierrez Ibarluzea I, Fay A, Norderhaug I on behalf of the International Network on New and Emerging Health Technologies (EuroScan). Early identification and assessment of new and emerging health technologies: Actions, progress, and the future direction of an international collaboration – EuroScan. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2008; 24(4): 518-525 doi 10.1017/S0266462308080689
Shepherd J, Briggs J, Payne L, Packer C, Kerridge L, Ashton-Key M. Setting the future policy agenda for health technology assessment: A specialty mapping approach. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2007; 23(4): 405-413.
Murphy K, Packer C, Stevens A, Simpson S. Effective early warning systems for new and emerging health technologies: developing an evaluation framework and an assessment of current systems. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2007; 23(3): 324-330.
Linden L, Vondeling H, Packer C, Cook A. Does NICE only appraise new pharmaceuticals? International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2007; 23(3): 349-353.