Dr Bethany Shinkins

Dr Bethany Shinkins

Profile

I am an Associate Professor in the Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds. I lead the Test Evaluation Group, a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on the economic evaluation of medical tests. I am a statistician by background and now work as both a statistician and health economist. I joined the University of Leeds in 2015 as a Lecturer.

I am also the Deputy Director (Methodology) of the NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative and the lead health economist for the NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies. I sit on the Editorial Board for the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine Journal and I am a Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford. The vast majority of my research is focused on the evaluation of tests, spanning a wide range of diseases and clinical settings (see below for list of current projects).

I previously worked at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford as a NIHR Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in medical statistics. Amongst other projects, I was the lead statistician on a programme of research exploring alternative strategies for monitoring patients who have undergone curative surgery for colorectal cancer. During my time there, I was awarded a junior research fellowship at Kellogg college, University of Oxford. I also completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford, focusing on the evaluation and expansion of methodologies for reporting and analysing intermediate test results in diagnostic research.

Responsibilities

  • Test Evaluation Group Lead
  • Deputy Director NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics MIC

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the evaluation of medical tests. Some of the projects I am currently working on include:

ALABAMA (ALlergy AntiBiotics And Microbial resistAnce): Penicillin allergy status and its effect on antimicrobial prescribing, patient outcomes, and antimicrobial resistance.

MRC AMR Programme: Accelerating development of infection diagnostics for patient management and reduction of antibiotic misuse

BioPAsSPoRT: Evaluation of a new renal diagnostic, aimed at allowing earlier and more accurate diagnosis of delayed graft function and improvement in clinical intervention, risk stratification and tailoring of individual follow-up.

Bowel Screening Community Health Support 

CRUK CanTest Collaborative: an international team of primary care cancer researchers working on early detection and diagnosis of cancer

eGFR-C: Accuracy of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) estimation using creatinine and cystatin C and albuminuria for monitoring disease progression in patients with stage 3 chronic kidney disease: prospective longitudinal study in a multi-ethnic population.

Improving iDEntification of inflammatory ArthritiS (IDEAS) in Primary Care: a multi-disciplinary team approach

Mammo-50: Mammographic surveillance in breast cancer patients aged 50 years or older

OPTIMA: Optimal Personalised Treatment of early breast cancer using Multi-parameter Analysis

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies

Non-invasive triage of symptomatic fast-track colorectal patients using volatile compounds: a feasibility study

iDxLung: Integrating non-invasive diagnostics into NHSE Lung Health Checks in Wessex and Yorkshire

A Machine Learning/AI Cancer Rule-Out Test for the NHS Two Week Wait Pathway

PEACH: Procalcitonin: Evaluation of Antibiotic use in COVID-19 Hospitalised patients

CONDOR: COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Platform

Qualifications

  • DPhil in Primary Health Care (Medical Statistics) – University of Oxford, 2014
  • MSc in Applied Statistics and Datamining – University of St. Andrews, 2009
  • BSc in Psychology (Hons, 1st class) - University of Kent, 2007

Professional memberships

  • UK Health Economics Study Group
  • Health Technology Assessment International

Student education

I have extensive experience teaching both statistics and health economics. I currently run an annual CPD course on the Economic Evaluation of Tests. I also co-teach on an annual week-long course with the University of Alberta and University of Edinburgh on cost-effectiveness modelling.

I am a Senior Associate Tutor at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford and continue to teach on their MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care course.

I am currently supervising five PhD students: Stephen BradleyKatharina Diernberger, Paola Cocco, Noel Aruparayil, and Bryony Dawkins.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Diagnostics and pathology
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Test Evaluation Group
  • Surgical technology
  • Infection and antimicrobial resistance
  • Cancer
  • Decision Modelling Group
  • Health economics
  • Primary care
  • Primary Care Oncology
  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
  • Evidence Synthesis Group
  • Inflammatory Musculoskeletal
  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal disease

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>