Dr Claire Packer BMedSci, BMBS, FFPH, AHEA

Dr Claire Packer

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Claire Packer is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research.  Claire Packer was formerly a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine and Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence  Centre.

Claire was Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre from 1998 to 2017 and was 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 was 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 from 1998 to 2017.

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.


  • Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy, 2007
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, 2006 (to 2017)
  • Member of the Faculty of Public Health, 1994
  • Certificate of Prescribed Experience: (GP vocational training), 1987
  • Diploma in Child Health, Royal College of Physicians, 1986
  • BM. BS, University of Nottingham, 1983
  • BMedSci, University of Nottingham, 1981


Claire Packer qualified in medicine at the University of Nottingham in 1983. 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 incorporated as a Research Programme in the National Institute for Health Research in 2006, and became the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre in April 2012 then NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre in 2015.



Evidence based health care; Early awareness and alert activities, Horizon scanning; Diffusion and uptake of new health technologies; Health technology assessment.


Doos L, Packer C, Ward D, Simpson S, Stevens A. Past speculations of future health technologies: a description of technologies predicted in 15 forecasting studies published between 1986 and 2010. BMJ Open 2017;7:e016206. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016206

Doos L, Ward D, Stevens A, Packer C. Accuracy of pharmaceutical company licensing predictions: projected vs actual licensing dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research 2016. Accepted for publication.

Doos L, Packer C, Ward D, Simpson S, Stevens A. Past speculations of the future: A review of the methods used for forecasting emerging health technologies. BMJ Open 2016 6:e010479 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010479

Bubela T, McCabe C, Archibald P, Atkins H, Bradshaw SE, Kefalas P, Mujoomdar M, Packer C, Piret J, Raxworthy M, Soares M, Viswanathan S. Bringing regenerative medicines to the clinic: the future for regulation and reimbursement. Regenerative Medicine 2015;10(7):897–911 doi: 10.2117/rme.15.51

Packer C, Simpson S, de Almeida RT. EuroScan International Network member agencies: their structure, processes and outputs. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 2015; 31(1/2):78-85 doi:10.1017/S0266462315000100.

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.