Rhys has around 18 years working in the public health and epidemiology area analysing healthcare datasets. 

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Environmental Science in 1999 he started working for the University of Wales College of Medicine and the National Public Health Service for Wales running and developing the All Wales Injuries Surveillance System (AWISS) and was heavily involved in the development of the subsequent Emergency Department Dataset (EDDS).  While here he graduated, in 2002, with a Masters in Public Health (MPH).

In 2007 he moved to Cardiff Research Consortium, a health outcomes consultancy, as an epidemiologist analysing large healthcare datasets primarily on industry funded studies, while there he has worked on studies for such companies as Amgen, Astra Zeneca, BMS, F.Hoffman-La Roche, Genzyme, GSK, Janssen-Cilag, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis,  and Sanofi-Pasteur.

He moved to the Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) in late 2011 where he continues working with pharmaceutical companies undertaking burden of disease and cost of disease studies, as well as risk modelling and survival analysis to support HTA submissions and market access strategies.

At Swansea University Rhys teaches epidemiology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students within the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Publications

  1. Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Alam, M., Boniface, S., Donoghue, K., Gilvarry, E., Kaner, E., Lynch, E., Maconochie, I., McArdle, P., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Patton, R., Phillips, C., Pockett, R., Russell, I., Strang, J., Drummond, C., Phillips, C. Adolescent alcohol use disorders presenting through emergency departments: Development and randomised controlled trial of age-specific alcohol screening and brief interventions (SIPS Junior Research Programme) Programme Grants for Applied Research
  2. Boktor, J., Ninan, T., Pockett, R., Collins, I., Sultan, A., Koptan, W. Lumbar fusion for lytic spondylolisthesis: Is an interbody cage necessary? Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine 9 2 101
  3. Boktor, J., Pockett, R., Verghese, N. The expandable Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion - 2 year follow up Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine 9 1 50 55
  4. Pockett, R., McEwan, P., Ray, J., Tran, I., Shutler, S., Martin, S., Yousef, Z., Bakhai, A. Prospective utility study of patients with multiple cardiovascular events Journal of Medical Economics 1 6
  5. Boktor, J., Ninan, T., Davies, S., Pockett, R., Collins, I., Sultan, M., Koptan, W., El Meligui, Y., Pockett, R. Lumbar fusion for lytic spondylolisthesis: is an interbody cage necessary? The Spine Journal 17 3 S12

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Teaching

  • SHC150 Professional Practice 1

    This is an introductory module that prepares students for work in the healthcare science clinical practice environment.

  • SHGM17 Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology

    This module will prepare students for their role in relation to Public Health and Health Promotion Practice to enable them to critically analyse the quality of the research epidemiological evidence that underpins their particular perspective be it a generic/specific role in Public Health and Health Promotion.

  • 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.

  • SHGM38 Foundations in Research

    The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the research process and methodological approaches to sound applied research. The module will be delivered in a systematic approach facilitating individual and group learning, and will stimulate the development of research skills that will enable learners to apply them in their work environment and contribute to strengthening the notion and implementation of evidence based practice.

  • SHGM62 Foundations in Research

    The module builds on students┬┐ previous knowledge of research and aims to expand their knowledge and understanding of the research process. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills of research methods learned to their own personal and professional development.

  • 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.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 Present Epidemiologist Swansea Centre for Health Economics, College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University
2007 2011 Epidemiologist Cardiff Research Consortium
1999 2007 Senior Public Health Information Analyst University of Wales College of Medicine & National Public Health Service for Wales, Velindre NHS Trust