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.
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.
- Test Evaluation Group Lead
- Deputy Director NIHR Leeds In Vitro Diagnostics MIC
My research primarily focuses on the evaluation of medical tests. Some of the projects I am currently working on include:
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.
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.
iDxLung: Integrating non-invasive diagnostics into NHSE Lung Health Checks in Wessex and Yorkshire
PEACH: Procalcitonin: Evaluation of Antibiotic use in COVID-19 Hospitalised patients
CONDOR: COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Platform
- 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
- UK Health Economics Study Group
- Health Technology Assessment International
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.
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
- 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