Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

  • RAND Europe Focus on HIV/AIDS

    Policy responses and decisionmaking around HIV/AIDS must be informed by rigorous analysis. With funding and support from a range of public and private organisations, RAND Europe has conducted a number of studies examining and evaluating HIV/AIDS research, prevention and treatment strategies.

  • Exploring Community-Based Social Innovations (CBSIs) for Healthy Ageing

    Researchers are examining how CBSIs are functioning across a number of rapidly ageing countries. Documenting the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success will help to ensure greater sustainability and integration of services.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    RAND Europe’s growing work in the field of mental health and wellbeing draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines and methodological backgrounds to bring an innovative perspective to our projects. In particular, our well-established reputation in healthcare research is complemented by extensive science policy expertise, particularly in the field of research evaluation.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    RAND Europe continues to provide research support to Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. It was commissioned in partnership with the University of Cambridge to help run the competition, which gives awards to organisations for the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running the surveys, analysing results, and providing customised reports to participating organisations. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • Contributing to 'What Works Wellbeing'

    The What Works Centre for Wellbeing help communities, business and people make better decisions to improve wellbeing. RAND Europe is producing a guide to evidence review methods and also conducting multiple systematic reviews to help the centre.

  • Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    Public Health England has commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product will include a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Evaluating the Improving Flow Programme

    To help improve patient flow through the healthcare system, researchers are evaluating a novel programme that applies team coaching skills and improvement science at the care pathway level.

  • Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    A scoping exercise will help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

  • Exploring Funding Options for the NHS and Social Care in the UK

    To improve the quality of debate on the long-term funding of health and social care in the four countries of the UK, the Health Foundation has commissioned RAND Europe to carry out research on the public acceptability of different funding models.

  • Using Ambulance Data for Injury Surveillance

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance and violence reduction.

  • Updating the 'Vitality Age' Calculator

    The Vitality Age Calculator is an online tool that gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their overall health based on lifestyle choices and clinical factors. RAND Europe is helping Vitality UK to update their underlying calculations.

  • Helping the NHS Evaluate and Promote the Health of its Workforce

    A comprehensive survey of staff health and wellbeing at a selection of NHS organisations will map in detail the physical and mental health of NHS staff as well as their perceptions of existing work-wellbeing initiatives and organisational culture.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    A research team from RAND Europe and several other organisations are evaluating the role of EU-funded R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases, in particular examining contributions to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health in low and middle-income countries.

  • Innovation in the NHS: Strategies for Future Sustainability and Impact

    To provide specific and actionable lessons and to help improve the innovation process, its outcomes, and impacts on population health, researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Manchester are exploring the different ways innovation occurs in National Health Service organisations.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics are evaluating the impact of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local commerce, academics, and hospital care.

  • Providing Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations

    Researchers are working to identify options for providing effective medical support to Light Footprint Operations and will define the technology, resources and skill sets necessary to achieve an appropriate level of support.

  • Research to Aid the Fight Against Cancer

    As part of the global fight against cancer, RAND Europe has led and collaborated on a number of studies exploring the impact of cancer research, the quality of care for cancer patients and the future outlook of different forms of cancer. Our findings and recommendations help inform future research, treatments and ultimately, care for cancer patients.

  • How to Increase Transparency, Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    The European Food Safety Authority asked RAND Europe to assess proposed transparency measures to determine which are most likely to be effective and what the impacts of their implementation would be.

  • Evaluation of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Older People's Programme

    An ongoing programme evaluation seeks to assess changes in hospital utilisation by older people in Southwark and Lambeth, following implementation of case management interventions, and whether the additional investment made through the programme has cost more or less than the savings made.

  • Evaluating the Optimal Lengths of Prescription Plans

    A review of clinical and economic evidence, followed by economic modelling, will provide the National Institute for Health Research with a high-quality reference on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of 3 month vs 28 day prescriptions in patients with stable chronic diseases.

  • Calculating the Economic Returns of Musculoskeletal Research

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe, King’s College London and HERG is estimating the health and economic benefits of UK investment in medical research into musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Evaluating Telephone Triage in General Practice

    RAND Europe, as part of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, is conducting an independent evaluation of telephone triage in general practices, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data collection.

  • Research on Work and Wellbeing

    RAND Europe has undertaken numerous studies that look at the interface between employment and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Some common themes emerge from these pieces of work.

  • Alice-Rap Reframes European Approach to Addiction

    RAND Europe is leading a research area within the Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project, a 5-year EU project to help policymakers rethink approaches to the human and economic costs of addictions by weaving the work of over 150 scientists in 25 countries into an integrated evidence base.

  • Demonstrating the Benefits of Social Care Research

    In the current economic climate, there is an increasing need for researchers to demonstrate the benefits resulting from the money invested in research. Ways to do this for social care research are not well established, and RAND Europe has been asked to investigate options including bibliometrics, surveys and economic analysis as part of the wider Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project led by the London School of Economics.