Dr Bethany Shinkins

Dr Bethany Shinkins


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.

Currently, I am Methodology Lead for the NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative  and the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative. I am also 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.

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 completed my DPhil in Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford in 2014. My DPhil project evaluated and expanded on methodologies relating to the reporting and analysis of intermediate test results in diagnostic research.


  • Test Evaluation Group Lead

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the evaluation of medical tests and surgical devices. My research covers a wide range of topics and clinical areas, but my current work focuses primarily on: 

  • Early diagnosis of cancer in primary care 
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Antimicrobial resistance  
  • Surgical Technologies
  • Methods for evaluating precision medicine technologies
  • Unmet surgical needs in low and middle income countries (LMICs)


  • 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 six PhD students: Stephen BradleyKatharina Diernberger, Paola Cocco, Noel Aruparayil, Bryony Dawkins and Alison Smith.

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
  • International health research
  • Primary care

Current postgraduate researchers

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