Biography

My goal is to span the understanding between academic and professional realms. I am an applied economist, research practitioner and teacher who uses economic methods in working alongside other
disciplines in the interests of building better health systems in the real world.

I have worked both in the NHS as a manager and consulted to various NHS bodies. I have also worked in the Australian and German health systems. As a former Associate Dean for Knowledge
Transfer I work with my clients in solving their actual problems and finding them the best possible solutions.

My early years were spent working at the Institute of Social and Economic Research,York for Alan Williams from whom I learned the art of 'working with what one has, not what one would necessarily
like' but in the most rigorous ways possible!

Website: http://healtheconomicsconsulting.co.uk/contact.html

Career History

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • BA (Hons) Economics/Economic History, University of York
  • MA Health Services Studies, University of Leeds
  • PhD Health Economics, University of Western Australia
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) by distinction
  • Health Economists Study Group, UK

Research interests

  • economics of public health & social care
  • priority setting methods in healthcare and public health
  • economics of drug prevention and treatment
  • return on investment in healthcare
  • economics of bone health
  • economics of alternative therapies
  • economic evaluation of orthopaedics, joint replacement and falls, the subject of my doctoral thesis

All Publications

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Shepstone, L., Lenaghan, E., Cooper, C., Clarke, S., Fong-Soe-Khioe, R., Fordham, R., Gittoes, N., Harvey, I., Harvey, N., Heawood, A., Holland, R., Howe, A., Kanis, J., Marshall, T., O'Neill, T., Peters, T., Redmond, N., Torgerson, D., Turner, D., McCloskey, E.

(2017)

Screening in the community to reduce fractures in older women (SCOOP): a randomised controlled trial,

in The Lancet

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Atkins, C., Fordham, R., Clark, A. B., Stockl, A., Jones, A. P., Wilson, A. M.

(2017)

Feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial to investigate the treatment of sarcoidosis-associated fatigue with methylphenidate (FaST-MP): a study protocol,

in BMJ Open

2017

(7)

article no. e018532

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


van Hagen, I. M., Baart, S., Fong Soe Khioe, R., Sliwa-Hahnle, K., Taha, N., Lelonek, M., Tavazzi, L., Maggioni, A. P., Johnson, M. R., Maniadakis, N., Fordham, R., Hall, R., Roos-Hesselink, J. W.

(2017)

Influence of socioeconomic factors on pregnancy outcome in women with structural heart disease,

in Heart

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Dhatariya, K., Skedgel, C., Fordham, R.

(2017)

The cost of treating diabetic ketoacidosis in the UK: a national survey of hospital resource use,

in Diabetic Medicine

34

(10)

pp. 1361–1366

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Copley, V. R., Cavill, N., Wolstenholme, J., Fordham, R., Rutter, H.

(2017)

Estimating the variation in need for community-based social care by body mass index in England and associated cost: population-based cross-sectional study,

in BMC Public Health

17

(1)

article no. 667

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(Article)

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Cate, H., Bhattacharya, D., Clark, A., Fordham, R., Holland, R., Broadway, D. C.

(2014)

Improving adherence to glaucoma medication: a randomised controlled trial of a patient-centred intervention (The Norwich Adherence Glaucoma Study),

in BMC Ophthalmology

14

article no. 32

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(Article)

(Published)


Boswell, G., Poland, F., Seebohm, L., Killett, A., Varley, A., Houghton, J., Fordham, R., Jarrett, J.

(2013)

Findings from the University of East Anglia's evaluation of the Ipswich/Suffolk multi-agency strategy on prostitution following the five murders in 2006,

in US-China Law Review

10

(1)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Poland, F. M., Fox, M., Lambert, N., Lambert, R., Fordham, R.

(2013)

Lifestyles management and community engagement in scoping a “health café”,

in Health Education

113

(6)

pp. 517-535

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(Article)

(Published)


Lambert, R., Fordham, R., Large, S., Gaffney, B.

(2013)

A cost-minimisation study of 1,001 NHS Direct users,

in BMC Health Services Research

13

article no. 300

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(Article)

(Published)


Cate, H., Bhattacharya, D., Clark, A., Fordham, R., Notley, C., Broadway, D.

(2012)

Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to estimate the effects and costs of a patient centred educational intervention in glaucoma management,

in BMC Ophthalmology

12

(1)

article no. 57

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(Article)

(Published)


Umar, N., Abubakar, I., Fordham, R., Bachmann, M.

(2012)

Direct costs of pulmonary tuberculosis among patients receiving treatment in Bauchi State, Nigeria,

in International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

16

(6)

pp. 835-40

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(Article)

(Published)


Fordham, R., Skinner, J., Wang, X., Nolan, J.

(2012)

The economic benefit of hip replacement: a 5-year follow-up of costs and outcomes in the Exeter Primary Outcomes Study,

in BMJ Open

2

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article no. e000752

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(Article)

(Published)


Umar, N., Fordham, R., Abubakar, I., Bachmann, M.

(2012)

The indirect cost due to pulmonary Tuberculosis in patients receiving treatment in Bauchi State-Nigeria,

in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

10

(1)

pp. 6

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(Published)


Mirelman, A., Mentzakis, E., Kinter, E., Paolucci, F., Fordham, R., Ozawa, S., Ferraz, M., Baltussen, R., Niessen, L. W.

(2012)

Decision-making criteria among national policymakers in five countries: a discrete choice experiment eliciting relative preferences for equity and efficiency,

in Value in Health

15

(3)

pp. 534-9

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Marsh, K., Phillips, C., Fordham, R., Bertranou, E., Hale, J.

(2012)

Estimating cost-effectiveness in public health: a summary of modelling and valuation methods,

in Health Economics Review

2

(1)

pp. 17

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Nisser, A., Fordham, R., Abubakar, I., Bachmann, M.

(2011)

The provider cost of treating tuberculosis in Bauchi State, Nigeria,

in Journal of Public Health in Africa

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(2)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Phillips, C., Fordham, R., Marsh, K., Bertranou, E., Davies, S., Hale, J., Kingsley, M., Parke, S., Porteous, C., Rance, J., Warm, D.

(2011)

Exploring the role of economics in prioritization in public health: what do stakeholders think?,

in European Journal of Public Health

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pp. 578-584

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fordham, R., Lambert, R., Large, S.

(2010)

Do referrals by NHS Direct save the NHS money? A cost-minimalisation study of 1,001 NHS Direct users,

in BMJ

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Poland, F., Fox, M., Fordham, R.

(2009)

Scoping the feasibility of a Healthy Intervention: the Boston Health Cafe,

Boston Borough Council

(Other report)

(Published)


Ball, H., Kemp, L., Fordham, R.

(2009)

Road testing PBMA in three English regions: the Norfolk Mental Health PBMA Pilot,

in The Psychiatric Bulletin

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(1)

pp. 141-144

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Key Research Interests

Ric’s research covers the development of priority setting techniques in complex decision making environments and he has adapted these for appropriate use in the practice of public health and World Class commissioning. His other work covers the use of economic evaluation techniques in wider public health and social issues such as obesity and food consumption, physical activity, drug and alcohol mis-use, parenting programmes, assistive technologies and other social care interventions. Throughout all these investigations he is interested in identifying, attributing and measuring the widest possible set of social and economic costs and benefits derived from these types of programme.

Ric has a longstanding interest too in the economics of orthopaedics and associated quality of life (the subject of his PhD). He is a Co-investigator and lead Health Economist on the MRC’s SCCOP project, an multi-centre economic evaluation of screening for osteoporosis in elderly women. 
 

Selected Publications

Nisser, A, Fordham, RJ, Abubakar, I and Bachmann, M (2011) The provider cost of treating tuberculosis in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 2 (2).

Phillips, CJ, Fordham, RJ, Marsh, K, Bertranou, E, Davies, S, Hale, J, Kingsley, M, Parke, S, Porteous, C, Rance, J and Warm, D (2011) Exploring the role of economics in prioritization in public health: what do stakeholders think? European Journal of Public Health, 21 (5). pp. 578-584.

Fordham, RJ, Lambert, RA and Large, S (2010) Do referrals by NHS Direct save the NHS money? A cost-minimalisation study of 1,001 NHS Direct users. BMJ.

Ball, H, Kemp, L and Fordham, RJ (2009) Road testing PBMA in three English regions: the Norfolk Mental Health PBMA Pilot. The Psychiatric Bulletin, 33 (1). pp. 141-144.

Fordham, RJ (2008) Towards Investment in Public Health: The Emergence of a Burden of Economic Proof. In: Future Public Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities. Palgrave, Cambridge, England, pp. 265-275. ISBN 0230013597

Abubakar I, L Irvine, CF Aldus, GM Wyatt, RJ Fordham, S Schelenz, L Shepstone, A Howe, M Peck, PR Hunter. (2007) ‘A systematic review of the clinical, public health and cost-effectiveness of rapid diagnostic tests for the detection and identification of bacterial intestinal pathogens in faeces and food’.  Health Technology Assessment Sep;11(36):1-216

Fordham RJ, Jones L, Sumnall HR, McVeigh J, Bellis MA. (2007) ‘The economics of preventing drug use: an introduction to the issues’ National Collaborating Centre for Drug Prevention of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence ISBN 978-1-902051-505

Wilson E, Sussex J, Macleod & Fordham RJ. (2007) ‘Prioritizing health technologies in a Primary Care Trust’ J. Health Services Research and Policy Vol.12, No.2 April 2007

Wilson E, Fordham RJ. (2006) ‘Essential Thrombocythaemia: anagrelide or interferon-??  A cost-utility analysis’. Haematologica 91(s1):300

Heller R, Gemmel I, Wilson E, Fordham RJ, Smith RD.  (2006) ‘Using economic analyses for local priority setting: the population cost-impact approach’. Journal of Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 5(1):45-54

Wilson E, Rees J & Fordham RJ.  (2006) ‘Developing a prioritization framework in an English Primary Care Trust’  Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation  (17.2.06), 4:3  & Open Access see:  http:/www.resource-allocation.com/content/4/1/3

Miles S, Fordham RJ, Mills C, Valovirta E, Mugford M. (2005) ‘A framework for measuring the costs to society of IgE-mediated food allergy’  Allergy  60: 996-1003

Loxley W, Fordham RJ et al. (2004) ‘The prevention of substance use, risk and harm in Australia - a review of the evidence’. Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy monograph, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing ISBN:0 642 82482 7

 

Teaching Interests

 
Senior Lecturer for Health Economics at Norwich Medical School.   MBBS medical degree.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • FFPH Fellow Faculty of Public Health (by distinction)
  • Expert member Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (NICE)

Professional Activities

  • I present papers regularly at international conferences and to the HESG, the professional Health Economists ‘body in the UK. My continuing professional development in public health is accredited annually by the Faculty of Public Health in order to retain my current membership status.

Administrative Posts

  • Director, Health Economics Consulting, UEA