Phil Shackley


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Reader in Health Economics

Phil Shackley
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Phil Shackley
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

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.

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.

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  • Phillips P, Shackley P, Kaltenthaler E, Poku E, Essat M & Woods HB Volume-outcome relationships in peripheral vascular surgery: a systematic review (protocol no. CRD42014014850 registered on PROSPERO). RIS download Bibtex download

Scholarly editions

  • Stewart J, O'Shea E, Donaldson C & Shackley P (2000) Do Ordering Effects Matter in Willingness-to-pay Studies of Health Care?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Protière C, Donaldson C, Luchini S, Paul Moatti J & Shackley P The impact of information on non-health attributes on willingness to pay for multiple health care programmes. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Beal E, Hind D, Bradburn M, Lee E, Howard A, Shackley P, Lee M & Brown S (2018) #20 Design and rationale of the PIlonidal sinus Treatment - STudying the OPtions (PITSTOP) study: a multicentre cohort, nested mixed-methods case study and discrete choice experiment (poster presentation). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Woods HB, Phillips P, Poku E, Essat M, Goka EA, Kaltenthaler EC, Shackley P & Michaels J (2016) Searching for evidence for systematic reviews of volume outcome relationship in peripheral vascular surgery. 2016 HTAi Annual meeting, Tokyo Japan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Phillips P, Poku E, Essat M, Woods HB, Goka EA, Kaltenthaler E, Shackley P & Michaels J (2016) Volume-outcome relationships in peripheral vascular surgery: an overview of reviews. Health Technology Assessment International (Tokyo). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Phillips P, Poku E, Essat M, Woods HB, Goka EA, Kaltenthaler E, Shackley P & Michaels J (2016) Volume-outcome relationships in the treatment of AAA in Europe: a systematic review. Health Technology Assessment International (Tokyo). RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching interests

I teach health economics on a number of modules on MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling, and MSc International Health Technology Assessment 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 and memberships
  • 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