Suzy Paisley BA (Liverpool), MA (Loughborough), PhD (Sheffield)

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Director of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, Senior Research Fellow

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

Office: 2017

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0704
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0002-1739-6852


I am Director of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (IKT) at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield responsible for ScHARR's consultancy portfolio, IKT Business Team and Short Course Unit.

I am an Information Specialist with an interest in information retrieval methods to inform evidence synthesis studies, particularly decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness.  I was previously Director of ScHARR's Information Resources (IR) Group and continue to be a member of the IR Group.  I have over twenty years' experience in information retrieval for evidence syntheses with a policy focus, working closely with NICE (National Institute for Clinical Health and Care Excellence) and the Department of Health (DH).  In 2000 I was seconded to the newly established NICE to set up the NICE unit for Information Specialists.

I am a leading member of the University of Sheffield research group TePHTA (Text Processing for Health Technology Assessment), a collaboration between ScHARR and the Department of Computer Science Natural Language Processing Group, investigating the use of automated text processing methods for evidence synthesis studies.

Research Interests

Information retrieval methods to support evidence synthesis. Specific areas of methodological interest:

  • Search methods for the specification and population of decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness
  • Reviews of complex interventions
  • Identification of health state utility values (HSUVs)
  • Automated text mining methods for evidence synthesis studies

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests concentrate on information retrieval methods for evidence synthesis studies, including systematic reviews and decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness.

My main teaching activities form part of:

  • MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling (HEDM), Study Design and Systematic Review Methods (Core Module HAR6169)
  • MSc in International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (iHTA) (Online), Using Evidence in the Design and Development of Models (Optional Module HAR691)
  • ScHARR Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre (Wellcome Trust DTC) Research Training Attachment tutor

I am the Leader for ScHARR's short course: Identification and Review of Evidence to Inform Cost-Effectiveness Models

Professional Activities

  • Guest Editor Research Synthesis Methods special issue "Innovation in Information Retrieval Methods for Evidence Synthesis" (forthcoming)
  • Taskforce member, ISPOR Taskforce for Health State Utility Estimates in Cost-Effectiveness Models
  • Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Information Resources Group
  • InterTASC Information Specialists' Subgroup (ISSG)
  • Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group (IRMG)
  • Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group (CCEMG)

Current Projects

  • Public Health England (PHE) Health Economic Framework, PHE (2018-2021)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Return on Investment Tool, PHE (2017-2018)
  • What Works for Wellbeing, Community Wellbeing, ESRC (2015-2018)
  • Vascular Services Programme, NIHR (2013-2019)

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles


  • Kaltenthaler E, Tappenden P, Paisley S & Squires H (2011) Identifying and reviewing evidence to inform the conceptualisation and population of cost-effectiveness models (Nice DSU Technical Support Document : 13) RIS download Bibtex download