Health and Healthcare Research

RAND Europe's growing health and healthcare portfolio brings together a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in public health, health services research, clinical medicine, economics, psychology and systems design.

We work in close partnership with The Health Improvement Studies Institute (THIS) to help generate practical, actionable evidence that can support sustainable improvements in healthcare service provision and long-term patient benefit. The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) is also a key collaborator.

Featured Research

  • 15 Feb 2019

    Enabling public contributions to health research

    Patient and public involvement (PPI) in health research can take place at different levels and across stages of a research cycle. Despite challenges, the growing focus on and increased commitment to PPI over the past decade has revealed some key enabling mechanisms and rewards.

Selected Research

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    08 Feb 2019

    Since 2014, RAND Europe has designed and run surveys, analysed results, and provided customised reports to organisations that participate in the annual Britain's Healthiest Workplace competition. The contest’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 enable NHS staff to contribute to healthcare research

    12 Dec 2018

    The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute sought evidence of why and how NHS staff contribute to healthcare research, as well as their associated engagement challenges and potential enabling mechanisms.

  • Requiring repayment of incentives encourages greater wellness

    27 Nov 2018

    Wellness incentives are more successful when they provide a benefit up front and require repayment if recipients do not maintain a required level of activity, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 500,000 programme participants.

  • Evaluation suggests next steps for Dance4Life

    21 Nov 2018

    Dance4life, an international youth initiative to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV/AIDS, developed and piloted a new programme and implementation model. An evaluation of the pilot found many successes but also areas where improvements could be made.

  • Follow-up evaluation of the health and justice outcomes of L&D services

    12 Nov 2018

    The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned RAND Europe to undertake a second study on the UK's new model for Liaison and Diversion schemes. This study aims to investigate whether the new model has an impact on reconviction, the length of court processes, diversion from the criminal justice system, and the use of A&E and mental health services.

  • Making outcome-based payments a reality in the NHS

    23 Oct 2018

    Researchers are testing out a new approach to paying for cancer drugs in the UK on the basis of the outcomes they achieve, known as outcome-based payment (OBP) schemes. The project aims to help improve patient outcomes and drive value for the National Health Service.

  • Measuring employee engagement in the NHS

    11 Oct 2018

    Analysis of the NHS Healthy Workforce Survey and VitalityHealth’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey found that staff engagement in the NHS is similar to other large UK employers with a similar demographic composition, and that demographic factors such as gender and age are associated with different levels of engagement.

  • Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    01 Oct 2018

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often find it hard to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, or do not invest at all. Researchers are evaluating a randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive programme to improve employee health and wellbeing in SMEs in the West Midlands.