Posted on 11 July 2014
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded a £5.25 million five-year contract to the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), and the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), to continue to act as one of the NIHR’s national centres of excellence for health technology assessment. It is the latest in a series of four major funding contracts totalling more than £6.5 million that the Centre has secured this year.
Health technology assessments evaluate the benefits, harms and costs of specific healthcare interventions. They are commissioned to support the needs of NHS decision-making bodies including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Since NICE was established, CRD and CHE have provided the evidence to support the NICE technology appraisal process. The new technology assessment contract will run from 2016 to 2021.
CRD Director, Professor Lesley Stewart said “We are delighted that our highly successful and longstanding relationship with the NIHR HTA programme is to continue. This award adds to other recent funding success and through each of our new programmes, we look forward to delivering independent and rigorous evaluations that are of benefit to the NHS to those who use it services.”
In parallel, the three other new programmes of work are funded until 2017. CRD is leading one of two NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Evidence Synthesis Centres addressing knowledge gaps in key areas of importance to improve the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of service delivery in the NHS.
Funded by the DH Policy Research Programme, CRD is working with the EPPI-Centre at the Institute of Education, together with the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to provide a bespoke reviews facility to support evidence-informed policy-making in England.
CRD will also lead a new NIHR Cochrane Programme to generate Cochrane systematic reviews of care practices for preterm or sick newborn infants. The multi-disciplinary team will integrate academic expertise with the views of family advocates and NHS clinicians to provide methodologically robust reviews, combining a pragmatic clinical perspective and an understanding of their implications for families, caregivers and service organisations.