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Linda is part of the Health Economics Research team, based in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care. Health economics is one of the key health service research disciplines that underpin the Divisions methodolical research.

Linda's key roles are the design and implementation of economic evaluations in mental health and chronic disabilities, focussing on complex interventions for people with complex needs and measurement and valuation of preferences for health and social care.

Linda was a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Clinical Evaluation and Trials Board 2011-2014 and a member of the core group of methodological experts for the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research. April 2011-June 2015.


 I became Professor in Health Economics in 2008 and am based in the  Manchester Centre for Health Economics (MCHE). I have a BA in Economics and an MSc in Health Economics. My key roles are the design and implementation of economic evaluations in mental health and chronic disabilities, focussing on complex interventions for people with complex needs This includes research in mental health (eg depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder), dementia, co-morbid physical and mental health problems, psoriasis and arthritis. Many of the economic evaluations include synthesis of existing evidence using systematic review and modelling techniques. A key interest is the measurement of people’s preferences for the process and outcome of health and social care, and valuation of the relative importance of preferences for different aspects of those outcomes. This includes ongoing research to explore preferences for outcomes of care in mental health and psoriasis.

Research interests

Examples of current projects include:


The economic results are published here: Camacho EM, Ntais D, Coventry P et al BMJOpen 2016; 6:e01251 and here: Camacho E, Davies L, Hann R et al The British Journal of Psychiatry 2018; 213, 456–463.

A multi-centre programme of clinical and public health research to guide health service priorities for preventing suicide in England.

ABC-06 Role Principal economist.

PARTNERS2: development and pilot trial of primary care based collaborative care for people with serious mental illness. Role Principal economist.

Effective home support in dementia care: components, impact and costs of tertiary prevention. Role: Principal Health Economist.

Neighbourhoods and dementia. Role Principal economist.

Improving the effectiveness of psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in the cardiac rehabilitation pathway (PATHWAY). Role Principal economist.

Remote Monitoring of RA (REMORA). Role Principal economist.

Focusing On Clozapine Unresponsive Symptoms (FOCUS): a randomised controlled trial. Role Principal economist.

Enhancing the quality of user involved care planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP). Role Principal economist.

Evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of BSL (British Sign Language) IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).  Role Principal economist.

 Multicentre RCT to Evaluate the Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness of a Culturally Adapted Therapy (C-MAP) in Patients with a History of Self-Harm. Role Principal economist. Nusrat Husain, L Davies, C Roberts, Syed Mohiuddin, C Williams, C Chew-Graham, P Bee, K Chantler, N Chaudhry, I Chaudhry. MRC MR/N006062/1. 

 Multi Centre RCT of a group psychOlogical intervention for poStnatal depression in britisH mothers of south asiaN origIn - ROSHNI-D (The word Roshni means ‘light’ in Urdu/Hindi) Role Principal economist.

Enhancing the credibility, usefulness and relevance of patient experience data in services for people with long-term physical and mental health conditions using digital data capture and improved analysis of narrative data. Role Principal economist.


With Martin Eden, I lead the Health Economics module of the innovative Master of Public Health (MPH) to meet the training needs of health professionals interested in a career in public health or those seeking new skills in this area.  The health economics module aims to enable participants to: understand the principles of health economics, structure an economic evaluation and appraise and apply economic evaluation evidence to decision-making in practice. The first half of the module covers the principles and concepts of economic evaluation in health care, whilst the second half explores how these are applied in practice.

My collaborations

I lead the health economics component in multi-disciplinary research programmes and projects. The research teams include service users, experts in qualititative research methods, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, specialists in evidence synthesis as well as clinical researchers and health care professionals. Below are links to the home pages of a few research projects, which give examples of the range of people I collaborate with.

Developing effective strategies to reduce unscheduled care in chronic disease (CHOICE)

The Identification and Management of Psoriasis Associated ComorbidiTy (IMPACT)

Personalised monitoring and enhanced self-management in mental health (CareLoop)

Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care Planning in Mental Health Services (EQUIP)

Improving the effectiveness of psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in the cardiac rehabilitation pathway

Within MCHE, the researchers I work closely with are:

Debbie Buck

Gemma Shields


Methodological knowledge

  • Economics of mental health
  • Designs and methods of explanatory economic analysis of complex interventions
  • Patient and public preferences for process and outcomes of health care
  • Economic evaluation of complex and simple health and social interventions (exploratory economic modelling and trial based economic analysis)


  • BA Economics (2:1), North Staffordshire Polytechnic, 1983
  • MSc Health Economics, University of York, 1984

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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