CLAHRC Fellow 2014
Clare Foster is a Research Officer in the Improving Outcomes Team at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. She is responsible for collating and critically appraising the research evidence base for the commissioning of services within the CCG and acts as a point of contact for advice on research, evaluation and evidence for a range of CCG and Local Commissioning Group staff. As an undergraduate, Clare studied for a BSc in Cell Biology at the University of Durham, and then stayed for a further four years to complete a PhD investigating the genomics and proteomics of colorectal cancer cells. After her time in Durham, Clare moved to Cambridge to work as a Research Facilitator with the West Anglia Comprehensive Local Research Network, helping to set up and run clinical trials at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Clare is particularly interested in public health, and before starting work with the CCG, she studied for an MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge. Clare's project for her CLAHRC Fellowship is titled: "Development of a rapid health economic assessment tool." Clare's will be working with Professor Ric Fordham from the University of East Anglia to develop a tool that can be used by NHS commissioning organisations, such as clinical commissioning groups, to perform rapid health economic assessments.