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Review an application for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme

What is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme?

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with specific contributions from the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) in Scotland, Health and Care Research Wales and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Health Technology Assessment research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard intervention to see which works best.

Research can evaluate any intervention used in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease, provided the study outcomes lead to findings that have the potential to be of direct benefit to NHS patients.

The Health Technology Assessment Programme supports research that is immediately useful to patients, clinical practice, and policy or decision makers.

Health Technology Assessment research is undertaken when evidence exists to show that a technology can be effective. The purpose of an Health Technology Assessment study is to establish the clinical and cost-effectiveness for the NHS in comparison with the current best alternative(s).  A study may also investigate uncertainty around a technology’s place in the existing care pathway.

“Technologies” in this context means any method used to promote health; prevent and treat disease; and improve rehabilitation or long-term care. They are not confined to new drugs and include any intervention used in the treatment, prevention or diagnosis of disease.

What will members of the Research Involvement Network be asked to do? 

A member of the Research Involvement Network will be asked to review an application submitted to the programme. As well as members of the public, reviews are sought from health care professionals, researchers, health economists and other professionals.  This means that you only need to give us your opinion based on your experience of being a patient, carer or user of health and social care services  

Who can take part? 

We recruit and support patients, carers and members of the public to give feedback on health and social care research funding applications. Currently we are looking for a reviewer who has pancreatic or bile duct cancers or is a close relative of someone with these cancers.  

When will this opportunity take place? 

We expect the submission for this research to be available to you within three days of the 19 September 2019, with a return deadline of 4 October 2019.  

What next/who to contact? 

Please email htarev@nihr.ac.uk to register your interest and for further details.

To find out more about becoming a reviewer, visit the National Institute for Health Research website.