RAND Europe's Senior Advisor Takes Up New Chair in Health Services Research at University of Cambridge

For Release

May 15, 2009

One of RAND Europe's senior advisors, Professor Martin Roland CBE, has accepted the position of professor of health services research within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine with immediate effect.

He will continue his role at RAND Europe, a policy research organisation based in Cambridge UK, as special advisor to the health and healthcare research team in addition to his new professorship.

Professor Roland's appointment signifies the mutual intention of RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge to develop a centre of excellence and innovation in health services research in Cambridge.

Jonathan Grant, president of RAND Europe, stated, "We hope that the collaborative undertaking between the University and RAND Europe of high-quality research will lead to better health overall and improve the delivery of healthcare. Martin is an outstanding leader in the health services research field. With international peer recognition and a strong track record of generating high-impact research outputs, he has the leadership skills required for this chair. We are delighted that he has accepted the position."

Roland is a leading figure in the UK in health services research for which he was recognised with a CBE in 2003 for services to medicine. He holds a first-class honours degree and doctorate from Oxford University, with professional qualifications by exam in general practice, specialist medicine and public health.

"I am pleased to be moving to Cambridge not only to take up my new post at the University, but also to open opportunities to develop health services research at RAND Europe," Roland said. "I expect closer collaboration will ensue, and we are already seeing the emergence of joint projects."

Roland's position as special advisor to RAND Europe, which he assumed in September 2008, is aimed at further developing its health policy research programme.

RAND Europe is part of the larger RAND Corporation, which has more than 200 staff devoted to research in health and healthcare policy.

In his new University role, Roland will be expected to provide research leadership in evaluation of health service organisation and delivery with particular attention to primary care, the interface between primary and secondary care, and the patient experience. He will develop a new unit of health services research making full use of related resources within the University as well as RAND Europe.

He will also maintain his responsibilities as director of the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, and as associate director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. He plans to find a clinical practice in Cambridge to retain his general practitioner roots.

About RAND Europe's health research

RAND Europe is an independent, not-for-profit research institution with offices in Cambridge UK and Brussels BE.

Its mission is to help improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND Europe is part of the larger RAND Corporation, an independent, nonprofit institution that provides research and analysis on a broad spectrum of policy topics including education, national security, civil justice, the environment, and health and health care policy.

RAND Europe is developing a health services research programme that focuses on a set of key themes in health care policy. These include the improvement of health care quality and efficiency, and the evaluation of health care policy and new medical technologies. Examples of research currently undertaken by RAND Europe include: modelling the response of patients to increased hospital choice, impact assessments of policy options for the European Commission with respect to secondary smoking, organ donation, patient safety and food labelling, and the importance of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to contain costs and improve quality of health care.

For information on our other wide-ranging research, visit www.rand.org/randeurope.

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