Dr Sue Simpson PhD, MPH, BSc(Hons)

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Sue Simpson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Sue Simpson was Associate Director of the NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre 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.

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 honorary research fellow in the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham. She is was previously 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.

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

Development, diffusion & impact of technologies

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.

Ward DJ, 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

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.

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.

EAA systems and methods

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.

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), 301-307. doi:10.1017/S0266462312000360

Packer C, Gutierrez-Ibarluzea I and Simpson S. (2012) The Evolution of Early Awareness and Alert Methods and Systems. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 28, pp 199-200. doi:10.1017/S0266462312000426.

Fung M, Simpson S, Packer C. Identification of innovation in public health. Journal of Public Health 2010;33(1):123-130. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdq045.

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.

Simpson S, Packer C, Stevens A, Raftery J. Predicting the impact of new health technologies on average length of stay: development of a predictive 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, J Med Internet Res 2003;5(1):e6 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5.1.e6

Investigating future horizons

Trevitt S, Simpson S, Wood A. Artificial Pancreas Device Systems for the Closed-Loop Control of Type 1 Diabetes: What Systems Are in Development?, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2015. DOI: 10.1177/1932296815617968.

Smith J, Ward D, Michaelides M, Moore AT, Simpson S, New and emerging technologies for the treatment of inherited retinal diseases: a horizon scanning review, Eye (2015) 29, 1131–1140; doi:10.1038/eye.2015.115.

Phalguni A, Seaman H, Routh K, Halloran S, Simpson S. Tests detecting biomarkers for screening of colorectal cancer: What is on the horizon? GMS Health Technol Assess 2015;11:Doc01, doi: 10.3205/hta000122

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

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.

Tayo A, Ellis J, Linden-Phillips L, Simpson S, Ward DJ (2012), Emerging point of care tests for influenza: innovation or status quo. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 6: 291–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-2659.2011.00306.x

International activities

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.

Simpson S (ed) EuroScan International Network, A toolkit for the identification and assessment of new and emerging health technologies, 2014, EuroScan International Network: Birmingham.

Wild C, Simpson S, Douw K, Geiger-Gritsch S, Mathis S and Langer T (2009). 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, 25, pp 48-55. doi:10.1017/S0266462309990687.

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.

Packer C, Simpson S, Stevens A (2006). International diffusion of new health technologies: A ten-country analysis of six health technologies. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 22, pp 419-428. doi:10.1017/S0266462306051336.

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