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Allison Hirst

Senior Project Manager

I joined NDM in July 2021 as Senior Project Manager working across 2 areas:

DeLIVER in Ellie Barnes group

QResearch with Julia Hippisley-Cox, Primary Health Care https://www.qresearch.org/

I have a long background in project management and research roles in several types of health research.

During the last 8 years I developed and coordinated the work of the IDEAL Collaboration to progress research methodologies for innovation in surgery and medical devices. https://www.ideal-collaboration.net/

I was Research Fellow at the EQUATOR Network for 4 years. I worked with all stakeholders in the health research and publication process to improve the quality of evidence by promoting the use of reporting guidelines. https://www.equator-network.org/

Before this my career has included:

  • Senior Project Manager of the Kadoorie Biobank Study, a blood-based prospective cohort study of 500,000 adults in China, a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Chinese National Centre for Disease Control. https://www.ckbiobank.org/site/
  • Project Manager/Researcher of the HOPEFUL Study: a multi-centre retrospective cohort study comparing the efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of hysterectomy and uterine artery embolisation (UAE) for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids.
  • Research & Development Fellow, NICE. I developed the national clinical guideline on Osteoporosis.
  • Macmillan Research Fellow, Cochrane  Cancer Network. I carried out a Cochrane systematic review “Benzodiazepines for insomnia in palliative care”.
  • Research Assistant, University of Oxford. I coordinated a research project looking at the influence of the media, specifically the TV hospital drama ‘Casualty’ on attendance rates for paracetamol overdose at A&E Departments across the UK.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Medicine, Pacific Medical Center, Seattle, USA. I carried out a project examining the bone density of female athletes.

I gained my first degree in Human Sciences, Wadham College, University of Oxford and an MSc in Exercise and Health Sciences from the University of Bristol. I have a Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education and am a registered Level 3 UK Athletics Coach.