Professor Jennifer Cleland was invited to join the international Society for Cost and Value in Health Professions Education (SCVHPE) in November 2016. This small group of educationalists and economists from Australasia, North America and Europe drives forward inter-disciplinary work to inform decision-making in healthcare education.
Jen stated “Healthcare and health professions education share many of the same problems in decision making. In both cases, there is a finite amount of resources, and choices need to be made between alternatives. However, using economics analyses to inform decision-making has become standard practice within healthcare, through the field of health economics, and yet it is only beginning to emerge in health professions education.”
Jen was invited to join the group on the basis of her work applying health economics models to medical education, which is carried out in collaboration with the Health Services Research Unit (HERU), University of Aberdeen.
The SCVHPE met in London in March 2017 to plan collaborative projects and position papers.