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 awarded 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. Claire 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 Emerging 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, Geh DJ, Goulden OW, Jordan AM, Withers GK, Wagstaff AJ, Bellwood RA, Binmore CL, Webster CL. No lasting legacy: no change in reporting of women's sports in the British print media with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Journal of Public Health 2014; doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdu018.
Packer C, Boddice B, Simpson S. Regenerative medicine techniques in cardiovascular disease: where is the horizon? Regenerative Medicine 2013:8(3):351-360.
Ward DJ, Martino OI, Packer C, Simpson S, Stevens A. Burden of disease, research funding and innovation in the UK: do new health technologies reflected by research inputs and need? Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2013:18(Suppl. 1):7-13. DOI: 10.1177/1355819613476015.
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; Early Online: 1–10. DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2012.733424.
Packer C, Fung M, Stevens A. Analyzing 10 years of early awareness and alert activity in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 2012;28(3):308–314. doi:10.1017/S026646231200030X.
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.
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.