Ian Blunt

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    Ian Blunt

    Health Services Analyst

    Highmark Inc

Ian joined the Nuffield Trust in 2009 and leads a range of quantitative analyses making use of large administrative datasets.  His research interests include urgent care, variations in care and predictive modelling.

He currently leads our QualityWatch programme, a five year study on the way in which the quality of health and social care is changing over time.  The programme, which is jointly funded by the Health Foundation, uses analysis of a wide range of indicators and in-depth studies to explore factors influencing quality of services and how quality measurement can be improved.  The programme has produced a number of reports, analyses and events.

Ian also works on other Nuffield Trust projects such as our General Election briefing series, analysis of the urgent care system, and information governance.  His past projects for the Nuffield Trust include an evaluation of a NHS integrated care pilot, implementing a predictive risk model for emergency readmissions within 30 days, exploring the uses of patient level costing and investigating the rising trend of emergency hospital admissions.

Before joining the Trust, Ian led the delivery of the Healthcare Commission’s inspection targeting programme (screening), using around 2000 separate and highly diverse data sets including unstructured data to predict the risk of provider non-compliance with quality and safety standards. 

Ian has an MSc in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering and a BSc in Physics, both from King’s College London.