How should the value of evidence based procurement board advice be captured and communicated? -– MSc by Research in Social Policy

Location: Swansea University – College of Health and Human Sciences, Singleton Campus

Annual Stipend: £11,702

Application Deadline: 15th November 2019 (Start date – early January 2020)

Project Description (max 500 words):

 The evidence based procurement board (EBPB) consists of professionals from within NHS Wales and Welsh research organisations, making recommendations and guidance for value and evidence based procurement of medical technologies for NHS Wales, whilst advising the Shared Services Committee and the Welsh Government Efficiency Healthcare Value & Improvement Group.

 The Board assists with the rationalisation and standardisation agenda in line with Prudent Healthcare Principles, and is underpinned with the “Once for Wales” philosophy. It will also assess whether NHS Wales should discard devices/technologies if they are deemed inappropriate or wasteful.

Advice from EBPB is based on rapid review best practice methods. The focus is most usually based on available clinical evidence of effectiveness, safety and where available cost effectiveness evidence. Estimates of economic impact, annual budget impact and other relevant impacts (resources release, patient co-production and other qualitative impacts) for NHS Wales have not so far been incorporated into the assessment process, nor do these impacts get tracked once advice is released and are not currently part of the outputs from EBPB.

 Using already released advice the MSc by Research will identify appropriate health economics frameworks and methods to enable the value of EBPB projects already completed with published advice. We anticipate two published advice reports as case studies. The research will explore the possible data, identify potential collaborations with NHS Wales Information Service (NWIS), procurement and other key NHS stakeholders to explore and identify how a pragmatic estimate of the impact and value of advice can be established. Outcomes would be evaluations of selected EBPB advice and documented methods and techniques to put in place for EBPB advice in the future.

The intended reach and location of the research is NHS Wales, working out of the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL), based in Bridgend and Swansea University.

 The scholarship offers all eligible participants (student):

  • KESS Scholarship holders do not pay fees
  • A monthly stipend to £11,702 per annum
  • An additional budget to support your research of £3,000 for travel, conference attendance, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training & attendance at a residential KESS Grad School
  • A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project
  • All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in the undergraduate degree in a closely related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU fees (see–advice/fees-and-money/Wales-fee-status for more information. For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal From.

How to Apply:

Applicants are advised to contact Dr Pippa Anderson regarding information on the area of research by email

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form – and return to
  2. Complete the KESS 2 Supplementary form – and return to

You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Degree certificate/s
  • Two references*
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS 2 Participant Proposal Form
  • *The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the Universities standard reference form. Alternatively, referees can directly email a reference from their employer email account to Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g. Hotmail, yahoo) cannot be accepted.

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only)

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For other queries, please contact:

 Mandatory text, do not delete:

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.