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Biography

Gemma Shields is a Lecturer at the University of Manchester, focusing on the design and implementation of economic evaluations in mental health and chronic disabilities. She is a member of the i3HS Hub and course lead of the economic evaluation course unit on the Master of Public Health.

Research interests

Gemma works on a number of integrated clinical and economic evaluations of health technologies, with a focus on mental health.

Current projects include:

  • NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Neurodevelopment and Autism in South Asia (NAMASTE)
  • Remote psychosocial interventions to prevent avoidable psychiatric hospital admissions in people with serious mental health problems: a multi-arm multi-stage trial (RAPID)
  • Youth Metacognitive Therapy (YoMeta): A Single Blind Parallel Randomised Feasibility Trial
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy in comparison to treatment as usual in young adults at high risk of developing bipolar disorder (Bipolar At Risk): A randomised controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of a treatment approach targeted at key appraisal change (BART II)
  • Motiv8: A randomized feasibility trial of a weight management intervention for adults on secure forensic mental health inpatient units
  • iMAgery focused therapy for PSychosis (iMAPS-2): A feasibility randomised controlled trial
  • Evaluation of the feasibility of a RCT of Empowered Conversations: a training to enhance relationships and communication between family carers and people living with dementia
  • Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone (EQUITy)

Teaching

Economic Evaluation in Health Care / Health Economics (POPH60092)

Gemma is the course lead for the Health Economics course unit available via the MPH by distance learning. The course enables participants to understand the principles of health economics, structure an economic evaluation and appraise and apply economic evaluation evidence to decision-making in practice.

Public Health Dissertation Supervisor

Applied PEP (APEP) Supervisor

CPD

Gemma runs a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course “Economic Evaluation in Healthcare: An Introduction” through the i3HS Hub. Please check the CPD catalogue for further details https://catalogue.manchester.ac.uk/browse/i3hs/

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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