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SHTAC’s information specialist is co-chair of the InterTASC Information Specialists’ Sub-Group (ISSG)

Published: 1 February 2022
Lois Woods
Lois is co-chair of the InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group (ISSG)

Lois Woods, SHTAC’s information specialist, becomes co-chair of the InterTASC Information Specialists’ Sub-Group (ISSG) for 2022.

Her co-chairs, Naomi Shaw and Sophie Robinson, are information specialists at PenTAG Health Technology Assessment at the University of Exeter Medical School.

The ISSG is formed of information professionals working within the academic groups that provide independent health technology assessment for NICE and the NIHR. The group convenes to share best practice, investigate and develop relevant information retrieval methods, and liaise with other groups with common issues. Recently, there have been presentations on adapting review processes for rapid reviews, social media as an information source, using registry data, and search filters. A subset of the group produces the ISSG Search Filters Resource. The chairs are responsible for organising meetings and communications within the group and for representing the group at NICE’s Joint Information Group (JIG)and InterTASC.

Lois says, “this is a great opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in another technology assessment group and we are looking forward to providing an engaging forum for our community of information professionals working on health technology assessments.”

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