Phil Shackley BA MSc PhD


Reader in Health Economics

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

Office: 2021

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 2992
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0002-1862-0596


I was appointed Reader in Health Economics in January 2012, having previously held Senior Lecturer appointments at the Universities of Sheffield (2006-2011) and Newcastle (2002-2006).  Prior to that I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (1996–2002) and as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen (1991–1996).

Research interests

  • Developing and applying the contingent valuation methodology, in particular the technique of willingness to pay. Applications include: estimating the social value of a quality adjusted life year (QALY); using willingness to pay values to aid priority setting in publicly-financed health care systems; investigating how willingness to pay can and should be used alongside randomised trials; the use of willingness to pay to evaluate the benefits of public health interventions such as the fluoridation of drinking water supplies and the supplementation of flour with folic acid; evaluating minimally invasive surgery; assessing patient preferences for diagnostic radiology; and assessing preferences for an expanded newborn screening programme.
  • The identification, measurement and valuation of (dis)benefits that are not captured in the QALY approach. Applications include: assessing the value of patient health cards; eliciting patient preferences for out-of-hours primary care services; establishing and quantifying the preferences of mental health service users for day hospital care; eliciting patient preferences for the organisation of vascular services; and assessing preferences for access to a general practitioner.
  • The application of economic evaluation techniques to assess the efficiency of health care programmes and interventions. Applications include: screening in primary care; antenatal screening; management of lower respiratory tract infection in general practice; computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression; methods for assessing patients with intermittent claudication; drug treatments for epilepsy; stroke incidence and prevention in Tanzania; venous leg ulcers; and treating upper limb spasticity due to stroke with botulinum toxin.

Teaching Interests

I teach health economics on a number of modules on MSc Health Economics and Decision ModellingMSc Economics and Health Economics and MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement.  I am the Director of Teaching for HEDS and the Academic Lead for Teaching Quality for ScHARR.

I am interested in supervising research students in topics related to my research interests above.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Member of the UK Health Economists' Study Group
  • Member of the International Health Economics Association

Current Projects

  • Examining the feasibility of measuring process utilities associated with different models of care for obese leg ulcer patients. 
  • The design, development, commissioning and evaluation of patient focused vascular services. 
  • Evaluation of workplace interventions for long latency diseases.


Phil Shackley is based in Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS).

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles