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Ala Szczepura is Professor of Health Technology Assessment in Enterprise & Innovation, Coventry University. She has over thirty years’ interdisciplinary research experience. She qualified with a BA in Natural Sciences and DPhil in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. As a researcher in the Health Services Evaluation Group in Oxford she produced the first model for NHS resource allocation. Periods followed as a scientist (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology; and a Senior Research Manager in the British Gas National R&D Division). While her children were young, her portfolio included Science Presenter for Yorkshire TV and Senior Tutor at the Open University. In 1984, she joined Warwick Business School as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHESS), becoming Professor of Health Services Research and Director of this University Research Centre in 1996. During this period, she was also Director of the Business School’s NHS General Management Training Scheme. In 2001, she won ESRC funding to establish the UK Centre for Evidence in Ethnicity, Health and Diversity (CEEHD). CEEHD’s Specialist Library was launched by the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons; in 2009, NICE incorporated this into the new NHS Evidence. As a member of the University Education Policy Group she helped develop the strategy for establishing Warwick Medical School, moving her team into the Medical School in 2006.

In 2013, she took up a part-time appointment as Professor of Health Technology Assessment at Coventry University. During the period 2014-2015 she became inaugural Director of a new Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR) at Coventry, a £4.8million investment to catalyse interdisciplinary approaches to developing, assessing and implementing new technologies. In 2016, she moved to Enterprise and Innovation within the University.

She has published widely and been returned for all RAE and REF exercises to date. Her research funders include NIHR, Wellcome, MRC, ESRC, EU Frameworks 6&7, HTA Programme, Innovate UK, Department of Health, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Skills for Care, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Industry. She is a founder member of the International Interest Group on Patient & Citizen Involvement in HTA (established in 2006); and the International Group on HTA in Developing Countries (founded in 2008). She has been a member of NIHR Senior Research Fellowship & Career Development Fellowship Panels; and currently sits on the NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Panel. She has served on a large number of grant-awarding bodies, including Commissioning Board for NIHR HTA Programme, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Marie Curie Research Programme Funding Committee.

She retains active links with national bodies such as NICE and the Royal Colleges. She continues to hold an Honorary Chair in Warwick Medical School and is a member the Advisory Group for Warwick Evidence which undertakes Technology Assessment Reviews for NICE. She is also Visiting Professor Health Economics and Social Policy at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Research Interests

Health technology assessment, emerging technological innovations, policy research

Vision Statement

I have been committed to health technology assessment (HTA) since my secondment to the Department of Health in the 1990’s to establish a national HTA programme. HTA is wide-ranging involving evaluation of the effectiveness, costs and broader social and ethical implications of a technology. The definition of ‘technology’ is also broad to include ‘all the methods used by health professionals to promote health, prevent and treat disease, and improve rehabilitation and long term care’. In summary, my research vision focuses on the challenge of multidisciplinary research, working closely with scientists, clinicians, policy makers and technology developers, to evaluate new and emerging health and social care technologies.


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