Dr Sue Simpson PhD, MPH, BSc(Hons)

Research Fellow
Associate Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre
Secretariat for EuroScan International Network

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7496

Fax +44 (0)121 414 2269

Email s.l.simpson.20@bham.ac.uk

NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre, Public Health Building
Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT

About

Sue Simpson is an Associate Director of the National Institute for Health Research Horizon Scanning Centre (NIHR HSC) responsible for the work of the research and reviews team. She has published a number of papers in the field of early awareness and alert systems and contributed to workshops on the subject.

Sue is also a member of the Secretariat for EuroScan - the International Information Network on New and Emerging Health Technologies (www.euroscan.org.uk) a collaborative network of member agencies for the exchange of information on important emerging new drugs, devices, procedures, programmes, and settings in health care.

Previously Sue was project manager for the Health Care Needs Assessment series and co-authored  a number of chapters.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Public Health, University of Birmingham 2002
  • PhD Food Policy, University of Bradford, 1994
  • BSc (Hons) Food Marketing Sciences 1990

Biography

Dr Sue Simpson is a research fellow in the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham. She is currently an Associate Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre (NIHR HSC) leading the research and reviews team and involved in a supervisory category for a number of research projects and papers relating to horizon scanning. She is also a member of the Secretariat for EuroScan – the International Information Network on New and Emerging Health Technologies.

Sue has the following teaching and supervisory responsibilities:

  • Supervisor – MPH projects
  • Supervisor – 3rd Year Medical Student Projects

She has also taught on the undergraduate MBChB course (Epidemiological Methods and Medicine in Society module)

Previously, Sue was project manager and co-editor for the Epidemiologically Based Health Care Needs Assessment Series. In this role she was the co-author of two needs assessment chapters - Varicose Veins and Prison Health Care. She has also co-ordinated the production of The Advanced Handbook of Methods in Evidence Based Health Care and has been involved in writing a couple of systematic reviews.

Before working at the University of Birmingham Sue was part of the Public Health team at Sandwell Health Authority and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council focusing on food and health policies. 

Teaching

Research

Early awareness and alert systems and activities including

  • Development, marketing, diffusion and impact of new and emerging health technologies
  • Evaluation and development of early awareness and alert system processes, methods and output
  • Investigating future horizons and changing patterns of care

Other activities

Secretariat for the EuroScan International Network (2000-current )

Publications

Packer C, Boddice B, Simpson S. Regenerative medicine techniques in cardiovascular disease: where is the horizon? Regenerative Medicine 2013; 8 (3): 351-360.

Ward D, Martino OI, Simpson S, Stevens A. Decline in new drug launches: myth or reality? Retrospective observational study using 30 years of data from the UK. BMJ Open, 2013; 3:e002088; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002088

Ward DJ, Martino OI, Packer C, Simpson S & Stevens AJ. Burden of disease, research funding and innovation in the UK: do new health technologies reflect research inputs and need? Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2013; 18(suppl.1): 7-13. doi: 10.1177/1355819613476015.

Gutierrez-Ibarluzea I, Simpson S, Benguria-Arrate G. Early awareness and alert systems: an overview of EuroScan methods.International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2012; 28(3): 301-7.

Packer C, Gutierrez-Ibarluzea I, Simpson S. The evolution of early awareness and alert methods and systems. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2012; 28(3):199–200. doi:10.1017/S0266462312000426.

Linden Phillips L, Bitner-Glindzicz M, Lench N, Steel KP, Langford C, Dawson SJ, Davis A, Simpson S, Packer C. The future role of genetic screening to detect newborns at risk of childhood-onset hearing loss. International Journal of Audiology, 2012; doi:10.3109/14992027.2012.733424.

Martino OI, Ward DJ, Packer C, Simpson S, Stevens AJ. 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(2): 376-380.

Tayo A, Ellis J, Linden Phillips L, Simpson S, Ward DJ. Emerging point of care tests for influenza: innovation or status quo. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 2011; doi:10.1111/j.1750-2659.2011.00306.x

Fung M, Simpson S, Packer C. Identification of Innovation in Public Health. Journal of Public Health 2010: 10.1093/pubmed/fdq045

Wild C, Simpson S, Douw K, Geiger-Gritsch S, Mathis S and Langer T, Information service on new and emerging health technologies: Identification and prioritization processes for a European Union–wide newsletter, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2009; 25, S2, December : 48-55

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.

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.

Packer C, Simpson S, Stevens A. International diffusion of new health technologies: a ten-country analysis of six health technologies. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2006; 22(4): 419-428.

Simpson S, Packer C, Stevens A, Raftery J. Predicting the impact of new health technologies on average length of stay: development of a prediction framework. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2005; 21(4): 487-491.

Simpson S, Hyde C, Cook A, Packer C, Stevens A. Assessing the accuracy of forecasting: applying standard diagnostic assessment tools to a health technology early warning system. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2004; 20(3):381-384

Douw K, Vondeling H, Eskildsen D, Simpson S. Use of the internet in scanning the horizon for new and emerging health technologies: a survey of agencies involved in horizon scanning. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2003: 5(1):e6

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