Social Values and Health

Catherine is currently overseeing the patient and public involvement for a Department of Health and Social Care responsive research unit ‘Health Protection and Improvement with Operational Research’ (HAPIOR) led by Professor Alec Morton, University of Strathclyde and Professor Martin Utley, University College London.  HAPIOR is focusing on policy and methodology relating to vaccination and antibiotics, including consideration of which social values should inform investment and disinvestment decisions in health protection programmes.

In May 2019, Catherine co-led an interdisciplinary symposium on the ethics and practice of disinvestment in health and social care, hosted by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.  You can read about the event and see the presentations here.

Previously, Catherine worked with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to review the social value judgement principles which underpin their resource allocation decisions.  She helped the Citizens Council explore and articulate what they understand by equity and efficiency in this context and what other values should shape NICE’s approach. Read more about the Citizens Council meeting and the public consultation on social values here.