Professor Rachel Elliott (Chair)
Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester
Rachel Elliott trained as an industrial pharmacist and was one of the first critical care specialist pharmacists in the UK, gaining a Department of Health funded PhD in health economics. Based at the University of Manchester’s School of Pharmacy, Rachel taught as a senior clinical lecturer from 1996 to 2007 before becoming Lord Trent Professor of Medicines and Health at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham (2007-2016). In 2004, she won a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship to Harvard Medical School, working with Professor Stephen Soumerai. A member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Appraisal Committee, and an elected member of the Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Executive Board, Rachel’s research focus is the application of applied health economics and economic evaluation to medicines policy, prescribing and consumption. Specific themes are the economics of medicines adherence and safety, and the use of large administrative databases in investigating these themes. Her research has been published in leading journals including the BMJ, Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine and has supported the commissioning of evidence-based services in the NHS. Rachel combines clinical, industrial, academic and policy experience with excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and course design. She has particular expertise in health economics, pharmacy, medicines-related health policy, RCTs of complex interventions and evidence synthesis, and aims to provide an effective and informed interface between the academic health services research community, NHS primary and secondary care providers, policy-makers and research commissioners.