Joanne Lord is a health economist specialising in cost-effectiveness analysis and decision modelling. She is the director of the Southampton Health Technology Assessments Group (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton, who assess clinical and economic evidence for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She also collaborates with clinical and health service researchers on a variety of projects; leading health economic evaluations conducted alongside clinical trials and developing cost-effectiveness models.
- Health economics
- Cost-effectiveness analysis
- Decision modelling
- Health Technology Assessment
Chief investigator for the SHTAC contract to produce Technology Assessment Review (TAR) reports for the NIHR
Work package lead for EU Horizon2020 funded project: FAIR Flagellin aerosol therapy as an immunomodulatory adjunct to the antibiotic treatment of drug-resistant bacterial pneumonia
Health economic input to clinical research studies in collaboration with researchers at Southampton and other universities:
- CONFIRM: Checkpoint blockade for inhibition of relapsed mesothelioma: A phase III trial to evaluate the efficacy of nivolumab in relapsed mesothelioma
- OCTOPuS: Optimising Cardiac Surgery ouTcOmes in People with diabeteS
- ATTACK: Aspirin To Target Arterial Events in Chronic Kidney Disease
- EACH-B: Engaging adolescents in changing behaviour: a programme of research to improve the diets and physical activity levels of teenagers
- WRAPPED: Nudging healthier dietary habits: evaluation of a supermarket placement strategy
Economic evaluation and Health Technology Assessment
Joanne is a health economist who has worked for over 30 years in analytical and academic roles to improve decisions about the effective and efficient delivery of health and social care services and the uptake of new technologies.
She has degrees in economics and mathematics, operational research and health economics. Her first job was in the operational research group at the Department of Health in London, where she worked on projects for local health and social service decision-making. She joined the public health department at St Georges Hospital Medical School to do research on clinical audit, then moving into the field of health economics. Joanne also worked at the Imperial College Business School and Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University, before joining the University of Southampton in 2015.
Between academic jobs, Joanne has worked twice for the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE): first on their early technology appraisals and later in their clinical guidelines team. This interest continues at Southampton, where SHTAC produces Technology Assessment Review reports that are a key part of the evidence base that underpins NICE guidance on use of new drugs and diagnostic tests in the NHS.