Cedar Healthcare Technology Research Centre
Cedar is a Healthcare Technology Research Centre, able to support decision making in healthcare by providing research evidence on the clinical effectiveness and economic impact of emerging health technologies, medical devices, diagnostic tests, healthcare interventions and NHS service configuration.
Established in 1977, Cedar is part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) and Cardiff University School of Engineering’s, Biomedical Engineering Research Group. The Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE) and Swansea University’s Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) are also within the Cedar consortium. Cedar has a contract with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), working in the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme (MTEP). In addition to its work for NICE, Cedar is able to apply for research grants and undertake bespoke work for other organisations.
Cedar works to a quality system that is accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and has expertise and experience in:
• Systematic evidence review – literature searching and critical appraisal
• Project management
• Stakeholder engagement
• User assessments
• Developing and validating Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
• Standards testing for medical/consumer health devices
• Running clinical trials of medical devices
• Health economics
• Report writing