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SHTAC awarded new contract by National Institute for Health Research

Published: 1 February 2010
SHTAC awarded new contract

Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC), which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, has been awarded a prestigious £4.5 million five year contract by the Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research to be one of its national centres of excellence for technology assessment reviews (TARs).

Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC), which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, has been awarded a prestigious £4.5 million five year contract by the Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research to be one of its national centres of excellence for technology assessment reviews (TARs). The TARs produced by SHTAC are commissioned to provide reliable and rigorous evidence on the benefits, harms and costs of particular healthcare treatments for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. They are used by national NHS decision-making bodies and policy customers, such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Policy Research Programme and the National Clinical Directors, in their appraisal of, and guidance on, new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures within the NHS in England and Wales. The research produced in TARs is considered the most authoritative evidence available worldwide on the clinical and cost effectiveness of the health technologies assessed.


SHTAC, which is led by Professor Andrew Clegg and employs 17 members of staff with expertise in systematic reviews, health economics, statistical modelling and information science, has been a Department of Health centre of excellence since 2000. It works closely with clinicians and academics on its research programme and has published research on a variety of priority areas in health, including mental health, obesity, cancer, heart disease, asthma, hepatitis and sexual health. Its methodological expertise has allowed SHTAC to diversify its research into other disciplines (including research on the effects of aviation on climate change and the health of pollinating insects) and to develop courses in systematic reviews and health economics.

Key facts

Ten contracts have been awarded by the NIHR to centres of excellence for TARs - See the NIHR press release

The research produced in TARs is considered the most authoritative evidence available worldwide on the clinical and cost effectiveness of the health technologies assessed.

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