Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

  • 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.

  • Assessing Health Services in Northern Ireland

    To help the OECD understand key elements of health and social care commissioning in Northern Ireland, researchers are assessing how effectively the population's needs are being met, the use of strategic planning, and how well the system incentivises high quality, value for money service provision.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe is evaluating the initiative and providing real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation is focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

  • 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 EU’s Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    From research on new antimicrobials to surveillance and monitoring of AMR-related issues across the EU, an evaluation of the EU's 2011 Action Plan against AMR will assess both the impacts of the plan and how effectively it was implemented.

  • Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    To help NHS England improve its new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, RAND Europe is defining a plan for the programme's evaluation and working with the nine demonstrator sites to ensure the needed data are collected.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exploring the Implementation of New Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Tools Across Europe

    As part of the pan-EU project EPIC-CVD, which aims to provide clinicians and policymakers with a range of evidence-based policy options for cost-effective, individualised risk assessment for cardiovascular disease, researchers are exploring options for the implementation of new cardiovascular risk assessment tools across Europe.

  • Evaluating Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

    Researchers are evaluating a new model of liaison and diversion (L&D) schemes, which aim to improve early identification of a range of health vulnerabilities among people passing through the UK youth or adult criminal justice system.

  • Investigating Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

    To help the Department of Health to determine the value-added and feasibility of social impact bonds, researchers are exploring whether SIBs help achieve better health and social care outcomes, and what the costs and challenges are of using these funding mechanisms.

  • Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol "Payment by Results" Pilots

    At a time of reduced public spending there is interest in funding public services on a 'payment by results' basis under which the government pays for services only if and when they achieve defined outcomes. The Department of Health has commissioned a consortium that includes RAND Europe to conduct an independent evaluation of eight drug and alcohol recovery PbR pilots. The research is assessing whether and how the new funding approach encourages the development of the market for provision of services in these areas and more effective recovery programmes.

  • Analytical Support for South Africa's Healthy Company Index

    The 2014 Healthy Company Index competition in South Africa is currently running. RAND Europe will provide research and analytical support to the competition that aims to identify South Africa’s Healthiest Company.