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SHTAC secures £2.6 million 5 year contract as NIHR centre of excellence

Published: 11 July 2014

SHTAC secures £2.6 million 5-year contract as NIHR centre of excellence to support NHS decision-making on the use of health technologies

SHTAC has successfully tendered for a 5-year contract with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to operate as a centre of excellence for technology assessment reports (TARs). The research produced will directly inform key NHS decision-making bodies and other policy customers, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in developing clinical guidance. It will involve SHTAC in providing independent assessments of the benefits, harms and costs of treatments and tests. These will be based on a synthesis of the evidence through systematic reviews, economic evaluations and critical assessments of evidence submissions from sponsors of different health technologies. The new contract will run from 2016 to 2021 and is the fourth 5-year contract SHTAC has secured to act as an NIHR centre of excellence, in total raising over £14 million in research funding for the University of Southampton.

Professor Andrew Clegg, SHTAC's Director and Principal Investigator for the contract, commented ‘SHTAC's success in securing a fourth 5-year contract as an NIHR centre of excellence to support NHS decision making is a reflection of the quality and rigour of our research. It is underpinned by the skills and endeavour of the group and the community of clinicians, service providers, academics and patient representatives that advise and support us. Our role in providing independent research and advice is essential. It helps ensure that decisions regarding the use of health technologies by the NHS, and their public funding, reflects an unbiased assessment of the evidence of their clinical- and cost-effectiveness. SHTAC's position as a centre of excellence is important to the Faculty of Medicine and the University of Southampton, providing recognition of its world-leading research in health technology assessment.'

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