Professor Simon Dixon BSc (Southampton), MSc (York), PhD (Sheffield)

Professor of Health EconomicsDixon1

The University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Office: 103
West Court
Mappin Street
S1 4DP

Direct telephone: (+44) (0)114 222 0724
General office fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0001-7394-7009


My work at ScHARR has concentrated around undertaking and developing methods for economic evaluations alongside controlled trials. Whilst the main focus of this work has been pre-hospital and emergency care, I have undertaken evaluations in numerous other areas. A separate stream of work is examining the measurement and valuation of health care benefits. This is focusing on alternatives to, and extensions of, the standard QALY model.

Research interests

  • Public preferences for public health (link to project page under 'Projects').
  • Use of attitudinal information in willingness to pay surveys.
  • Measurement and valuation of health care benefits.
  • Economic evaluation.

Teaching Interests

My teaching is concentrated around the methods of economic evaluation which I teaching in various formats on the MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling, MSc Economics and Health Economics, MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement and the MBChB.

I am the module coordinator for the Economic Evaluation modules on MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement.

I am interested in supervising Research Students wishing to develop the methods of economic evaluation and benefit valuation. I am particularly interested in empirical ethics and a more empirically based QALY approach, including the role of sequences and process utility.

I currently supervise, or sit on the supervisory panel for three students; Victoria Brennan, Kinga Lowrie and Sabine Grimm. Their topics relate to the evaluation of an electronic patient questionnaire, evaluation of telehealth and the valuation of innovation in non-pharmaceutical technologies.

Professional Activities

  • Director Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS)
  • Member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee
  • Trial Steering Group member for a number of studies
  • Advisory Board for HERU, University of Aberdeen

Current Activities

  • Development of a questionnaire and social tariff for dignity in health care and the general population
  • Evaluating cost effectiveness of insulin pumps in type 1 diabetes as part of a RCT
  • Replacing conventional spine radiographs with dual energy x-ray absorptiometry in children with suspected reduction in bone density: a cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Economic evaluation of dementia service redesign across Leeds
  • Assessing the potential cost-effectiveness of a long-acting growth hormone antagonist for treatment in acromegaly

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles