RAND Europe Named as Key Partner for World-leading Healthcare Improvement Research Institute

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RAND Europe has been named a key partner in a new research institute to study how to improve healthcare that will be established at the University of Cambridge. The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and healthcare in the UK, recently made an award to University of Cambridge in the region of £40 million to create the new institute.

Aiming to strengthen the evidence base to support better healthcare, the institute will run high quality research programmes and strengthen capacity in research skills in the NHS, academia and beyond. The Health Foundation’s commitment, for funding up to 10 years, recognises the huge potential of improvement research to quickly and efficiently raise the quality and safety of patient care in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

Mary Dixon Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Cambridge, has been appointed head of the institute. She said: “The NHS, like health systems around the world, is faced with pressing challenges of quality and safety. Yet the science of how to make improvements has remained under-developed. This award is a tremendous opportunity to produce new knowledge about how to improve care, experience and outcomes for patients. We are pleased that RAND Europe will play a pivotal role, together with our other partners, to work with NHS staff, patients and carers to identify, design and test improvements.”

Hans Pung, President of RAND Europe, said: “We’re delighted to be a key partner for this truly exciting and ground-breaking institute. The improvement research institute has the potential to make a significant difference to the quality of care that will be delivered in the NHS in the future. We look forward to supporting Mary and the team moving forward.”

The healthcare improvement research institute will formally launch within the next year. For more information about the improvement research institute and to register for updates please visit the following link: www.health.org.uk/institute