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Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre
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Jonny.Shepherd@soton.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan Shepherd BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD

Principal Research Fellow

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Jonathan works as a Principal Research Fellow for SHTAC.

What I most enjoy about my work is the variety – exploring the evidence synthesis ‘toolkit’ to address priority questions on a range of treatments, tests and interventions across the spectrum of health. Every project provides an opportunity to innovate and to make positive impact

Jonathan has worked for SHTAC since its inception in 2000. As Principal Research Fellow he is currently responsible for the day-to-day management of SHTAC’s core research programme of health technology assessments (HTA) for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evidence Synthesis Programme.  As a member of SHTAC’s executive management group, Jonathan also has operational and strategic oversight of all aspects of SHTAC’s work.

Jonathan leads SHTAC’s evidence synthesis team of researchers, who specialise in producing systematic reviews and evidence maps of health care treatments, diagnostic tests and public health interventions.

Jonathan's research interests include methods of evidence synthesis in health promotion and public health (the subject of his PhD, awarded in 2009), and he has a long-standing programme of research investigating effective initiatives to promote children and young people’s health, and healthy school environments.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Portsmouth (1994)

MPhil, University of Southampton (1998)

PhD, University of Southampton (2009)

Research interests

Jonathan's research interests include methods of evidence synthesis in health promotion and public health (the subject of his PhD, awarded in 2009), and he has a long-standing programme of research investigating effective initiatives to promote children and young people’s health, and healthy school environments.

Research Projects

  • Recent health technology assessments for NICE include treatments for cancer (e.g. breast, lung, multiple myeloma), narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnoea, and rare genetic diseases.
  • Rapid review of the effectiveness of digital tools to improve recruitment and retention of participants in randomised controlled trials in health (2020-21, funded by NIHR)
  • A systematic map of digital tools for the recruitment and retention of participants in clinical and health studies (2018-2019, funded by NIHR)

Current co-chair (with Jo Lord, from 2018-) of InterTASC - the group representing the nine academic teams who provide independent HTA for NICE and the NIHR

Contact Editor for Cochrane Public Health (from 2011-), with responsibility for collating external referees’ comments and providing editorial guidance to authors on protocols and completed systematic reviews intended for publication in The Cochrane Library.

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Systematic Reviews in Health
Contributes to an introductory training day on the methods and conduct of systematic reviews in health organised by SHTAC.

Dr Jonathan Shepherd
Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre (SHTAC), University of Southampton, Alpha House, Enterprise Road, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton, SO16 7NS

Room Number: 92 Chilwth Alpha/2001

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