Welcome - Summer 2018

Phil Shackley

A word from the Director

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside, come inside”

With our former Director, Simon Dixon, having sailed away into the sunset to the sound of Frank Sinatra (as far as China, as it happens, of which more inside), I’ve taken the opportunity to abuse my newly acquired power by allowing Emerson, Lake and Palmer to introduce the first HEDS newsletter of my tenure.

Since taking the reins last November, there has been a ton of stuff happening which we need to tell you about.
At the time of writing, a policy to implement a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol in Scotland is due to come into effect on May 1st. Work undertaken by ScHARR’s Alcohol Research Group (including several modellers from HEDS) has had a significant role in the introduction of the policy.

Another highlight is the work of researchers from HEDS, in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of York and Manchester, on the cost of avoidable medication errors in the NHS.

Elsewhere in HEDS, Dr Pete Dodd is part of large European Union-supported project investigating the impact of a combined tuberculosis and HIV intervention in high prevalence communities in South Africa and Zambia.

Other items include HEDS’ presence at the HTAi conference in Vancouver, our forthcoming MOOCs and short courses, and members of HEDS receiving awards from ISPOR and Jisc.

That’s it from me for this edition, so until the next time I’ll let The Doors have the last word:

“This is the end, beautiful friend”

Phil Shackley, Director of HEDS

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