Allison Hirst

Allison HirstIDEAL Collaboration Project Manager

I have been Project Manager for IDEAL since 2013. I coordinate all activities of the Collaboration including organising various meetings and our annual international conference, communicate with our members via the IDEAL website and Twitter, teach on workshops about IDEAL, mentor visiting IDEAL researchers and contribute to IDEAL research papers. Currently I am setting up our new advisory service for surgical researchers.

Immediately prior to joining IDEAL, I was Research Fellow at the EQUATOR Network and have worked for over 20 years in a variety of health researcher/project management roles. These include:

  • 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.
  • 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. (HTA Ref: 03/60/01)
  • Research & Development Fellow, NICE. I developed the national clinical guideline on Osteoporosis.
  • Macmillan Research Fellow, Cochrane. I carried out a Cochrane systematic review “Benzodiazepines for insomnia in palliative care”.
  • Research Assistant, Nuffield Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford. I coordinated a large-scale primary research project looking at the influence of the media, specifically the TV hospital drama ‘Casualty’ on attendance rates 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 then 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.

Current IDEAL projects:

Relevant publications:

Bilbro, Nicole A. MD, MPH∗,†; Hirst, Allison MSc∗; Paez, Arsenio PT, DPT‡,§; Vasey, Baptiste∗; Pufulete, Maria¶; Sedrakyan, Art MD, PhD||; McCulloch, Peter MD∗; On behalf of the IDEAL Collaboration Reporting Guidelines Working Group The IDEAL Reporting Guidelines, Annals of Surgery: January 2021 – Volume 273 – Issue 1 – p 82-85   doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004180

Hirst, Allison MSc∗; Philippou, Yiannis MB, BChir∗; Blazeby, Jane MD†; Campbell, Bruce MS‡; Campbell, Marion PhD§; Feinberg, Joshua MD¶; Rovers, Maroeska PhD||; Blencowe, Natalie PhD†; Pennell, Christopher MD¶; Quinn, Tom MPhil∗∗; Rogers, Wendy PhD††; Cook, Jonathan PhD‡‡; Kolias, Angelos G. PhD§§,¶¶; Agha, Riaz MBBS, MRCSEng||||; Dahm, Philipp MD∗∗∗; Sedrakyan, Art MD, PhD†††; McCulloch, Peter MD∗ No Surgical Innovation Without Evaluation, Annals of Surgery: February 2019 – Volume 269 – Issue 2 – p 211-220 doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002794

Sedrakyan A, Campbell B, Merino JG, Kuntz R, Hirst A, McCulloch P. IDEAL-D: a rational framework for evaluating and regulating the use of medical devices. BMJ. 2016 Jun 9;353:i2372. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i2372. PMID: 27283585.

C P Pennell, A D Hirst, W B Campbell, A Sood, R A Agha, J S T Barkun, P McCulloch, Practical guide to the Idea, Development and Exploration stages of the IDEAL Framework and Recommendations, British Journal of Surgery, Volume 103, Issue 5, April 2016, Pages 607–615,

Pennell CP, Hirst A, Sedrakyan A, McCulloch PG. Adapting the IDEAL Framework and Recommendations for medical device evaluation: A modified Delphi survey. Int J Surg. 2016 Apr;28:141-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2016.01.082. Epub 2016 Feb 11. PMID: 26876957.