Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

  • Increasing Transparency and Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    To promote trust and confidence in the European Food Safety Authority's risk assessment process, RAND Europe and partners created an impact assessment methodology and identified at least five measures EFSA should pursue.

  • Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Health-led Trials

    Innovation Fund Health-led Trials test new ways to address sickness absence and the disability employment gap due to two main conditions: mental health and musculoskeletal disorders. RAND Europe, together with partners, is evaluating the effectiveness of these innovative interventions.

  • Exploring Health Futures

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers are trying to capture diverse perspectives on what health challenges in England will be like in 20–30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today, to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

  • Innovation as a Driver of Quality and Productivity in UK Healthcare

    The UK's NHS is under pressure to meet the growing and changing demand for services with limited resources. Innovations may provide opportunities to respond creatively and effectively to growing health demands.

  • Patient Direct Access to NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

    In the NHS, patients with musculoskeletal conditions currently need to see a GP before visiting a physiotherapist. As part of a larger project for Arthritis Research UK, RAND Europe addresses the question as to whether patient direct access to physiotherapy would be cost-effective.

  • Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust have requested an assessment of what is known about mental health in the research environment, and exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base, to ensure researchers receive adequate mental health support.

  • Analysing the Cost of Not Treating MS with a DMT

    An analysis of the costs of treating MS with disease modifying therapy, compared with the cost of not treating with DMTs, aims to take account of the cost impacts of the different treatments, including on the ability of people with MS to continue work and on their need for support from family members and other carers.

  • Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    By supporting AIA Vitality's contest, RAND Europe will be able to explore the health trends—employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, mental health and other areas of concern—in participating Asia-Pacific workplaces.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    Now in its fifth year, Vitality's annual Britain's Healthiest Workplace contest continues to receive research support from RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running 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.

  • Developing a Protocol for the Evaluation of ECDC Disease Programmes

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is planning a future evaluation of its seven ECDC Disease Programmes and has asked RAND Europe to establish a common protocol for the evaluation.

  • Evaluation of the Southern Cluster Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards

    UEC vanguards were established to improve the coordination of NHS emergency services, direct urgent cases to the most appropriate provider, and reduce pressure on accident & emergency departments. RAND Europe is evaluating the UEC vanguards' new care models to determine their impact and possible scalability.

  • Supporting the Evaluation of Age UK's Integrated Care Programme

    Age UK is defining the plans for future evaluations of its Integrated Care Programme, which brings together voluntary organisations and health and care services to provide personalised support for older people. Research by RAND Europe will help to inform those evaluation plans.

  • The Contribution of UK Public Health Research to Clinical Guidelines

    The Department of Health commissioned RAND Europe to measure and characterise the contribution of UK public health research to UK clinical guidelines. The project team was also asked to carry out a comparison with other areas of healthcare and across different areas of public health such as smoking, alcohol abuse, skin cancers, physical activity and obesity

  • RAND Europe Focus on HIV/AIDS

    Policy responses and decision making 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.

  • Understanding How Organisations Ensure Fair Decision Making

    The General Medical Council has asked RAND Europe to identify relevant lessons from multiple sectors in the UK where professionals make complex, high-impact decisions in a regulatory context. Researchers are investigating the tools, practices and processes used by organisations in the healthcare regulation, legal regulation and defence and security sectors.

  • 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.