Institute of Health & Society

Health Technology Evaluation


The Health Technology Evaluation Group addresses questions of whether health technologies are feasible, acceptable, efficacious and effective, for whom they work and how they compare with alternatives.

We do this through systematic reviews, rigorously designed clinical trials and process evaluations, multi-method feasibility studies and other high quality designs. We also conduct methodological research to develop and advance methods of health technology evaluation.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) defines health technology as a range of methods used to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation and long term care.

The range of methods and interventions include screening procedures, drugs, medical devices, surgery, and complex interventions, such as therapies, behaviour change interventions and the organisation and delivery of health care.

Current exemplar studies involve collaboration with colleagues across the Faculty of Medical Sciences and beyond. This includes the:

  • FOR-DMD international trial of three steroid regimens in the management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in young boys
  • STRIDE study multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a cognitive behavioural therapy-based intervention (CBTI). It includes the usual multidisciplinary care in patients with significant fear of falling attending a multidisciplinary community falls service, with a qualitative process evaluation
  • DEVELOP-UK non-randomised study, using a novel adaptive design, to assess the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), a technology allowing objective assessment and reconditioning of unusable donor lungs, in increasing UK lung transplantation activity
  • INVESTIGATE-I mixed methods study to assess the feasibility of a future randomised controlled trial of the clinical utility of urodynamic investigation prior to surgery for stress urinary incontinence


The following members of staff work within the Health Technology Evaluation group.

The group leader is Elaine McColl.

Cristina Fernandez-Garcia
Training Fellow in Health Economics & PhD Student in Bioethics

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8674

Professor Elaine McColl
Professor of Health Service Research

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7260