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Alison is a health service researcher with a background in economics and statistics. Her research interests include systematic review and evidence synthesis methodology, and the increasing role of rapid evidence synthesis to inform decision makers. She has experience of systematic review and evidence synthesis in a broad range of health
At CRD, she is responsible for health technology assessment projects undertaken as part of the NIHR Technology Assessment Reviews (TAR) contract in CRD. From 2014-2020 Alison led the York Health Services & Delivery Research Evidence Synthesis Centre based in CRD, commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. The remit of the Centre was to produce timely and contextualised summaries of the "best available" evidence on topics of immediate relevance to the NHS.
Alison contributes to the promotion of evidence-based policy and practice in the NHS and has contributed to developing NICE methods for developing service guidance. She was a member of the NICE Clinical Guidelines Rapid Updates Standing Committee from its beginnings in 2013 until it was stood down in 2017 and is a member of the Expert Adviser Panel for the NICE Centre for Guidelines.