Our work is carried out by the Health Technology Wales (HTW) team. We are a multidisciplinary group made up of clinicians, health services researchers and health economists, with information science, communications, project management and administrative support.

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Helen Britton

Project Manager

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X Helen has extensive project management experience and an excellent understanding of the NHS in Wales and Government health policy agenda. Before joining HTW, Helen was the Operational Manager for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales, where she was responsible for leading the effective delivery of the Academy's work programme in Wales. She is passionate about working with clinicians, patients and stakeholders to deliver national projects for the benefit of patients and healthcare.
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Kimberley Cann

Health Services Researcher

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X Before joining Health Technology Wales, Kim worked as an Epidemiologist and then as a Researcher for the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer, before training in Public Health. Kim also works part-time in the Local Public Health Team where she leads on developing a new type of health needs assessment. She is passionate about reducing inequalities in access to health and care, and encouraging a value-based healthcare approach – getting the best patient outcomes with the resources we have. Her qualifications include an MSc Health Sciences and Masters in Public Health.
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Dr Claire Davis

Health Services Researcher

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X Before joining Health Technology Wales, Claire supported the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) in the appraisal of medicines for 10 years. Whilst there, Claire developed a passion for Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) and led in this area, creating the first PPI strategy for AWMSG. Her aim is to set up effective PPI in Health Technology Wales. Claire has a PhD in Pharmacology, and previous experience in clinical research and academia.
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Dr Lauren Elston

Health Services Researcher

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X Following her PhD in Cancer Immunology, Lauren joined the All Wales Therapeutics & Toxicology Centre as a Medical Writer, supporting the health technology assessment of medicines by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. Lauren is passionate about the effective writing and dissemination of Health Technology Wales’ work, in a way that is appropriate for all audiences. She supports our communication & engagement function. Lauren’s other qualifications include BSc (Hons) Biology and MSc Biomedicine.
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Alice Evans

Patient and Public Involvement Officer

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X Before joining Health Technology Wales, Alice designed a curriculum of skills training for paediatric clients of the Posture and Mobility All Wales Service in partnership with patients and families. Afterwards, Alice worked in continuing healthcare (CHC) with south and east localities to develop training to improve understanding of CHC and dementia care across South Wales in partnership with care home networks and NHS. Now at Health Technology Wales, Alice is responsible for providing information support to patients, patient organisations, carers and members of the public.
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Professor Peter Groves

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Health Technology Wales Chair

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X Peter is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Wales. He is also Chair of the MHRA Devices Expert Advisory Committee and the NICE Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, and has a great interest in the regulation and health technology assessment of innovative medical devices in the context of the UK NHS. Peter is committed to teaching and research, and has published widely on the scientific basis for medical technology development and utilisation.
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Gareth Hopkin

Health Services Researcher

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X Gareth joined Health Technology Wales as a Health Services Researcher in August 2020. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Health Economics and led on health evidence reviews and health policy research to support decision making in the province of Alberta, Canada. Gareth has a PhD in Health Services Research from King’s College London and a particular interest in the adoption of health technologies and differences in funding pathways for pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions.
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Sophie Hughes

Health Economist

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X Sophie joined Health Technology Wales as a health economist in December 2018. She was previously a health economist at the National Guideline Centre, where she worked on the national guidelines for acute stroke management and diverticular disease. Sophie first became interested in health economics during her Master of Public Health degree. She also has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry.
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Dr David Jarrom

Senior Health Services Researcher

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X David joined Health Technology Wales in February 2018. He heads up our horizon scanning function, as well as methodological development within the organisation. After completing his PhD in biomedical science, David has spent the last 10 years working in evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment for a number of Welsh and UK organisations, including NICE and AWMSG.
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Llinos Jones

Welsh Language Translator

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X After graduating in Spanish from Aberystwyth University, Llinos moved to Cardiff, where she has been working as a Welsh language translator for many years. She works for Velindre University NHS Trust four days a week and for Health Technology Wales one day per week, providing a Welsh language translation service to the organisation.
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Dr Sarah McAllister

Project Manager

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X Before joining Health Technology Wales, Sarah was the National Research Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, where she was responsible for introducing and managing suitable governance processes. Process design, stakeholder engagement and effective project management skills were essential to deliver the world-class Research & Development Strategy.
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Katie McDermott

Project Support and Office Manager

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X Katie is Project Support and Office Manager at Health Technology Wales. She has brought extensive experience in process and product development, and implementing new systems and procedures. Prior to joining the team, Katie worked at the Wales Deanery where she was responsible for the recruitment and programme management for doctors undertaking specialty training across Wales.
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Dr Susan Myles

Director

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X Susan has been engaged in applied health technology assessment for 25 years. Before joining Health Technology Wales, she led the development and work of the Scottish Health Technologies Group. Susan has received scholarships from the Department of Health and Medical Research Council, and is a previous recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy. She holds qualifications in Economics (BA), Health Economics (MSc & PhD) and Epidemiology (PgDip).
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Caron Potter

Executive Assistant

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X Caron has front-line experience of secondary care service, having worked throughout NHS Wales. She was previously an Executive Assistant for a Professor of Surgery. She was also an Admin Manager, managing a team of 10 and working to reduce patient waiting lists. She has developed knowledge of the personnel function, introducing development appraisals and sickness absence procedures. Caron continues her development of implementing procedures and processes at Health Technology Wales to meet organisational requirements.
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Dewi Powell

Communications Officer

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X After completing a degree in journalism, Dewi joined the Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales in 2014. He was appointed Head of Communications in 2017 and led on media relations, digital, events and engagement. Dewi joined Health Technology Wales as Communications Officer in 2018. He is responsible for raising the profile of Health Technology Wales and managing how guidance and information is shared.
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Matthew Prettyjohns

Principal Researcher

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X Matthew came from the National Guideline Alliance where he worked as a Senior Health Economist in the development of guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). As well as overseeing our technology appraisals, Matthew’s role is to develop our relationship with industry and our scientific advice function.
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Tracey Saunders

Administration Support

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X Tracey Saunders was appointed to the role of Administrative Assistant for Health Technology Wales in August 2019. Tracey has a Medical Secretary background and has worked for the NHS for over 27 years, bringing a wealth of administration experience.
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Jenni Washington

Information Specialist

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X Following a degree in Mathematics, a love of reading set Jenni on the path of Librarianship and Information Science. Her understanding of set theory and a logical mind makes her ideally suited to online searching. She worked as an Information Scientist for the Ministry of Defence, the consumer goods industry and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, before finding a home at Health Technology Wales.
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Jessica Williams

Health Services Researcher

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X Jessica joined Health Technology Wales as a Health Services Researcher in November 2019. She was previously a Medical Writer at the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre, supporting the health technology assessment of medicines and the identification of new medicines. This experience has led to Jessica’s involvement in the horizon scanning process at Health Technology Wales. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Natural Science, and previous experience in clinical research.
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Dr Thomas Winfield

Senior Health Economist

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X Tom undertakes the health economic evaluations here at Health Technology Wales. He specialises in economic modelling and has an interest in health econometrics. With a focus on pragmatic appraisal, Tom enjoys evidence synthesis through novel means. Previously he worked for 4 years at Swansea Centre for Health Economics performing clinical trial evaluations and economic reviews. He has qualifications in Economics (BSc, MSc, PhD) from Swansea university and in health economics (PGcert) from Aberdeen University.

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