Welsh Government

Welsh Health Economics Support Service 

Lead

Rhiannon Tudor Edwards

Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Bangor University
r.t.edwards@bangor.ac.uk 
01248 383 712
07799 460 347

Website
www.cheme.bangor.ac.uk

The Bangor University led Welsh Health Economics Support Service supports research and improves decision making in health and social care in Wales by providing health economic support at the early conceptual stages of proposal planning, in research funding applications, research practice and in the dissemination of information. 

In collaboration with the Trials Units, it supports health professionals wishing to undertake research within the Welsh health and social care research system, as part of the Wales Research Design and Conduct Service.

The Infrastructure Support Group will:

  • optimise collaborative relationships with Welsh health and social care researchers and policy makers and, where appropriate, commercial partners;
  • provide equitable access for medical, health and social care researchers across Wales to health economics advice and input at all stages of research through the structure and frameworks of regional Research Design and Conduct Services;
  • provide leadership to support the development, strategic direction, reach and sustainability of the discipline of health economics in Wales;
  • facilitate the understanding of health economics research results and how these inform and guide implementation and ultimately improve the cost effective and prudent provision of health and social care;
  • increase routine awareness of the importance of health economics within health and social care research, consistent with the wider scientific and economic goals of the Welsh Government; including raising awareness amongst patient groups and NHS stakeholders;
  • contribute to, and where applicable, lead the emerging ‘evidence base’ for service evaluation, policy formulation and analysis across Wales;
  • increase the profile of health economics in Wales; and
  • maintain and grow Welsh capacity in methodological and applied health economics.