For the public


Who are we?

 We are looking out for important health technologies that may become available on the NHS in the next few years. These health technologies include new drugs, medical devices and diagnostics. When we find these technologies we write reports on them for groups that make health policies and decisions within the NHS, and for those that fund research.



PPI 01Getting patients and the public involved with the work of the HSRIC


Since 2013 we have been working to increase the involvement and engagement of patients and the public with what we do. You can download our activity report for the period covering April 2015 to March 2016 and an earlier report for the 2012-2014 period. We also have a strategy  document that details how we plan to work with patients and the public in 2015-2016. If you have any questions about these documents, then please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.


PPI02How do I get involved?


 If you know of a new health technology that is not yet available to patients in the UK you can help us by telling us about it by going to our suggest a topic page. We may have other opportunities to get involved with the work of HSRIC. If you are interested please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.


GroupGetting involved: case studies


  •  In 2014, we arranged for members of a local patient group to come to our offices in Birmingham and tell us what they thought of several aspects of our previous website. Thanks to their input we made changes to our new website that we hope make it easier for you to find the information you are looking for.


  • In 2014, we wrote a brief report on a new drug for a condition that not many people have; alpha-mannosidosis. As it is a rare condition we sent an early report to the UK charity that supports people with this condition so they could comment.


  • In 2015, we published a report about a new type of medical device called a closed-loop artificial pancreas device that is being developed for people with type 1 diabetes.  An artificial pancreas is a piece of technology that may be able to do the job of a healthy pancreas. We asked members of the public with type 1 diabetes to comment on the benefit they think this new technology might bring.


PPI03How do I get in touch?


If you would like to learn more about getting involved in the work of the HSRIC then please contact us at:


NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre

Public Health Building

School of Health & Population Sciences

University of Birmingham



B15 2TT



Telephone: 0121 414 7831