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The 31st issue of our quarterly HERC Newsletter is now available. Please download it HERE to read news of our recent research results, publications, recently funded projects, seminars and conference presentations, as well as the latest staff news.

In this issue we have featured articles on:

  •  Costs of self-harm in England
  • Socioeconomic differences in use of hospital care in China

In addition, our spotlight feature focuses on HERC Senior Researcher Rositsa Koleva-Kolarova and DPhil Student Ana Luiza Gibertoni Cruz.

HERC and COVID-19: An update: 

The world has changed a great deal since we published the 30th issue of the HERC newsletter in February. We hope all of our colleagues, collaborators and newsletter subscribers – and their families – are healthy and coping as well as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the virus, and our thanks go to everyone involved in the fight against COVID-19, in particular everybody working in the UK NHS (including four of our colleagues at HERC: Sarah Briggs, Ana Luíza Gibertoni Cruz, Callum Harris and Behrouz Nezafat Maldonado).

As you might expect, everyone at HERC is now working from home and learning to love – or at least tolerate – video conferencing software. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a number of other practical consequences at HERC. Unfortunately we had to cancel two of our popular short courses due to take place in March. We are currently making preparations to offer our one-day ‘Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation’ course online – details will be announced in due course. The next ‘Applied Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis’ course is currently scheduled for July; this will be reviewed nearer the time.


Despite the practical challenges we are all facing, several members of the HERC team have been able to use their skills and experience to contribute to the scientific evidence base on COVID-19. You can read more about the latest COVID-19 research studies HERC is contributing to HERE

HESG Plenary Session:

We were also disappointed to have to cancel the forthcoming HESG meeting in Oxford, we were looking forward to hosting everybody in July. As part of that meeting we had planned a plenary session to mark the 50th anniversary of QALYs. Fortunately we were able to still run that session remotely on 19th May. We hope those who were able to ‘virtually’ attend enjoyed this thought-provoking session.