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Warwick Evidence Aims 2016 - 2021


Our overall aim is to improve the health of the public, either directly by facilitating the introduction of cost-effective interventions, or indirectly by reducing expenditure by the NHS on interventions that are not cost-effective, so allowing scarce funds to be better spent to achieve health. We work to achieve this aim by excellence in delivery of our core contract, in maintaining our reputation, by attracting additional (relevant) research funding, in publishing our work, in valuing our staff and by ensuring excellence in our governance and accountability mechanisms.


 To deliver excellence on our core contract. To continue to produce high quality TAR products for NICE and other policy-making bodies, in order to fulfil the requirements of the TAR contract
    • To deliver all projects by agreed deadlines
    • To deliver all project reports to a high standard using the WE Quality Assurance process
      • All project reports are clear, easy to read, and with transparent reasoning. The language will be suitable for the intended audiences, usually the NICE Appraisal Committee
      • All project reports (and submitted material) will be planned, read, critically appraised and approved by a WE senior team member prior to submission
    • To respond promptly (with 3 working days) to all queries and requests for information from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme or NICE
    • To deliver all projects within budget, or to negotiate uplifts where necessary and appropriate
    • To maintain and improve current levels of feedback received from NICE and the NIHR HTA programme

To sustain our reputation and to be recognized as a centre of research excellence in health technology assessment
    • To secure high quality academic publications
      • REF submissible staff to have 4 publications at 3* or above in each qualifying REF period
      • All research staff to have at least one publication a year (TAR and non-TAR)
    • To maintain a high quality and up-to-date web presence
    • To maintain and expand the external impact of WE through press coverage and non-TAR publications
    • To sustain and increase links across Warwick Medical School and the University of Warwick and associated local and national NHS partners and stakeholders related to health evidence, technology appraisal and assessment of cost effectiveness, clinical trials, economic modelling and knowledge diffusion and dissemination
      • To achieve at least one shared research grant and one publication per PI with other members of the university per annum
      • All staff to engage across the medical school/ university to undertake appropriate teaching or administrative activity to be agreed and assessed at annual appraisals
      • Senior staff to maintain at least one advisory, refereeing or reviewing role with relevant national stakeholders (e.g. NIHR HTA programme, NICE, NSC, PHE)
    • To achieve additional grant funding in primary and secondary research, systematic reviews and meta-analysis in substantive clinical areas.
To use the critical mass in Warwick Evidence to attract external funding to support related empirical and methodological work of the highest quality
    • All staff to have appropriate research aspirations identified in line with Warwick Evidence research strategy
    • Aspiration to achieve £50,000 per year for each PI

To support and value staff. To sustain and increase staff capacity in systematic reviewing, health economic, cost effectiveness modelling and meta-analysis. To increase numbers of future Principal Investigators in line with WMS research strategy
    • All staff to have Annual Review plans to include research career and training planning, in line with WE and WMS ECR, and senior academic policies
    • All staff to have regular (at least fortnightly) line management meetings and access to mentoring
    • Team-wide training and education report to be made annually
    • Warwick Evidence to support at least one external fellowship application (or equivalent) per year
    • Succession plans to be in place for each post in WE
    • All staffing policies to be compliant with WMS’s Athena SWAN policies
    • To foster specialised interests
    • To provide opportunities for public health and other clinical trainees and colleagues and those doing dissertations for postgraduate degrees to collaborate with us
    • To offer training to staff to ensure that all staff are as highly skilled as possible to undertake their work. We encourage staff to attend courses and run in-house training workshops (e.g. on Survival analysis, NHS costing, Network meta-analysis).
    • To report annually on team-wide training and education

To ensure exemplary governance and quality assurance procedures
    • All routine activities to be covered by standard operating procedures (SOPs). All SOPs to be revisited biennially
    • Senior team to meet weekly to ensure timely and satisfactory management of all projects and programmes, finance, staffing, allocations and research activities
    • To keep accurate and timely financial records, and reported as required to DH
    • Advisory group composed of senior stakeholders to meet at least annually to ensure appropriate scrutiny of all aspect of management and governance of Warwick Evidence