Professor Deborah Fitzsimmons
Personal Chair
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602226
Room: Office - 214
Second Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

I have over 20 years’ experience in health services and outcomes research.  Since 2009 I have developed a growing portfolio of work within the field of health economic evaluation with over 25 projects in my portfolio as Principal Investigator or as lead health economist on large projects with collaborators across UK and Europe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patient Reported Outcome Measurement
  • Cancer care
  • Health economic evaluation
  • Health services research

Publications

  1. das Nair, R., Bradshaw, L., Carpenter, H., Clarke, S., Day, F., Drummond, A., Fitzsimmons, D., Harris, S., Montgomery, A., Newby, G., Sackley, C., Lincoln, N. A group memory rehabilitation programme for people with traumatic brain injuries: the ReMemBrIn RCT Health Technology Assessment 23 16 1 194
  2. Csontos, J., Fitzsimmons, D., Jones, M., Wilkinson, W., Horton, J., Love-Gould, L., Tee, A., Watts, T. Realist evaluation of cancer rehabilitation services in South Wales (REEACaRS): a mixed methods study protocol BMJ Open 9 4 e025953
  3. Bosanquet, D., Ambler, G., Waldron, C., Thomas-Jones, E., Brookes-Howell, L., Kelson, M., Harris, D., Pickles, T., Milosevic, S., Fitzsimmons, D., Saxena, N., Twine, C. Major lower limb amputation audit – introduction and implementation of a multimodal perioperative pain management guideline British Journal of Pain 12 4 257 258
  4. Francis, N., Waldron, C., Cannings-John, R., Thomas-Jones, E., Winfield, T., Shepherd, V., Harris, D., Hood, K., Fitzsimmons, D., Roberts, A., Powell, C., Gal, M., Jones, S., Butler, C. Oral steroids for hearing loss associated with otitis media with effusion in children aged 2–8 years: the OSTRICH RCT Health Technology Assessment 22 61 1 114
  5. Game, F., Jeffcoate, W., Tarnow, L., Jacobsen, J., Whitham, D., Harrison, E., Ellender, S., Fitzsimmons, D., Löndahl, M., Dhatariya, K., Chant, H., Spyer, G., Donohoe, M., Uchegbu, E., Whitelaw, D., Nayar, R., Rossing, P., Gottlieb, H., Michelsen, M., Nielsen, A., Houlind, K., Sørensen, J., Henneberg, E., Jørgensen, B., Narayanan, K., Kong, M., Tarik, A., Gandhi, R., Hariman, C., Oguntolu, V., Rayman, G., Siddique, H., D'Costa, R., Maguire, D., Aung, T., Holmer, H., Catrina, S., Ogunko, A., Rajbhandari, S., Russell, D. LeucoPatch system for the management of hard-to-heal diabetic foot ulcers in the UK, Denmark, and Sweden: an observer-masked, randomised controlled trial The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology 6 11 870 878

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Teaching

  • SHGM35 Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care

    The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.

  • SHGM40 Partnerships, Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political, economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated.

  • SHP208 Health and Economics

    This module will provide an introduction to economic theory and the role of economics in health care. It will consider issues of scarcity and choice; markets and market failure; efficiency and equity; consumer and provider behaviour; outputs and outcomes in health care and economic evaluation. This module aims to outline the role of economic appraisal in decision making in health care. It will highlight the importance of economics in determining how and where to utilize limited resources. Students will be introduced to techniques of economic evaluation. Students will be able to discuss the basic principles of economics and how resources are allocated; they will be able to present and discuss concept of welfare economics; they will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the techniques and relevance of economic evaluation.

  • SHP358 Public Health and Epidemiology

    Current approaches to the measurement of health and the surveillance of health within populations will be studied together with needs assessment and planning. The influence of a range of social, political , economic and cultural influences including globalization on public health will be evaluated. The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in public health practice and primary health care. Underpinning concepts and approaches to public health practice and the role of public health in primary health care will be critically examined. Collaborative ways of working between sectors will be explored within the above context in order that students can plan and evaluate strategies for the improvement of health of individuals, groups and local populations.

  • SHQM43 Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

    This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of management and leadership in the context of health and social care. The module will have a dual focus on theoretical perspectives and applied health care management. Theoretical perspectives will be drawn from business, health and further afield, to examine their application within health and social care and the public sector. Contemporary health and social care examples will be used as points for discussion and learning.

Supervision

  • Patient and Citizens Values and how they relate to Education and Activation. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Liv Kosnes
    Other supervisor: Dr Pippa Anderson
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • How important are therapeutic relationships in the development of self-management behaviours during cancer rehabilitation? (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
  • Experiences of care continuity and recovery for people at the interface of primary and secondary care in Wales: a thematic discourse analytic approach (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Coffey
  • Point-of-care ultrasound scans (POCUS) performed by community-based nurses for suspected heart failure- are they accurate and does it aid clinical management? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Dr Emma Rees
  • 'The effect of work-based facilitation in clinical reasoning on outcome in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy.' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ceri Rushton
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • 'The Extent to Which Cell Salvage Can Support Patient Blood Management' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • 'Grasping the Nettle and enduring the Pain: Healthcare priority setting and Disinvestment in the context of prudent Healthcare' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
  • ''An overview of the impact of divergence from the optimal care pathway for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease '' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Ceri Phillips
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dean of Postgraduate Research - Swansea University

    2011 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 Present Personal Chair (Professor of Health Outcome Research) College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University
2011 2014 Reader Swansea University
2004 2011 Senior Lecturer in Clinical Research (Nursing) Swansea University
2001 2004 Lecturer in Cancer Nursing University of Southampton
1998 2001 Research Fellow School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton
1995 1998 Research Nurse Cancer Sciences Division , School of Medicine, University of Southampton
1994 1995 Staff Nurse posts in Oncology Velindre NHS Trust & Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust

External Responsibilities

Research Groups

  • Academic Director, Swansea Centre for Health Economics

    Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) at Swansea University, delivers a first class research and consultancy service to organisations in the healthcare sector. With over 60 years of experience and a team of health economic experts, SCHE aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry and be the leaders in health economics research in Wales and the UK.

  • Academic Director

    Academic Director of Swansea Centre for Health Economics (2014 - present)

  • Member

    College of Human and Health Sciences College Management Board

  • South East Wales Regional Lead

    South East Wales Lead, Welsh Health Economics Support Service

  • Member

    Member of NICE Health Economists in Guidelines Group

  • Member

    Member of the Welsh Heath Economics Group

  • Member

    Asthma UK Centre for Applied Health Economics Group