Research into the UK's health system is one of our core activities and has been since we were founded over 70 years ago. We undertake projects that will provide evidence on key areas of health and social care and which build upon our established areas of expertise.

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Deaths at home during Covid-19 and implications for patients and services



This project will use the OpenSAFELY platform to understand the service impact of the shift in place of death during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Going it alone: health and Brexit in the UK


20/12/2021 Mark Dayan | Martha McCarey | Professor Tamara Hervey | Nick Fahy | Prof Scott L Greer | Holly Jarman | Ellen Stewart | Dan Bristow

After nearly a year out of the Single Market and Customs Union, Brexit is still fuelling uncertainty in many aspects of health and social care. This report looks at six key areas that are being impacted, what has already happened and what NHS, government and business figures expect for the future.

Integrating health and social care: A comparison of policy and progress across the four countries of the UK


14/12/2021 Sarah Reed | Camille Oung | Jenny Davies | Mark Dayan | Sarah Scobie

The integration of health and social care has been a long-standing policy priority in each country of the UK. However, there is limited evidence these policies are delivering the results expected of them. This report looks at the impact of integration across the four countries and compares the policies and approaches each one has trialled to deliver their goals.

Elective backlog and ethnicity



This project will examine if there is variation in "lost activity", time to treatment and treatment rates for common procedures between ethnic groups.

Fit for the future: What can the NHS learn about digital health care from other European countries?


24/11/2021 Rachel Hutchings | Sarah Scobie | Nigel Edwards

The rapid increase in the use of technology during the Covid-19 pandemic shows that digital health technology will be a fundamental part of health system recovery and for preparing for the future. In this report, we examine the approach that five European countries have taken to implementing digital technology and draw out learnings for the NHS.

Attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse NHS workforce


08/11/2021 Nina Hemmings | Helen Buckingham | Camille Oung | Billy Palmer

The vital work of the NHS would be impossible without the contribution of a broad range of people, and a diverse and inclusive workforce ensures better care for patients. Yet despite considerable efforts and initiatives, it is clear that issues such as discrimination and harassment are present at every level of the health service. In this major new report commissioned by NHS Employers, we examine the representation of under-served groups and provide a set of recommendations for change as the NHS strives to become an exemplar of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Injustice? Towards a better understanding of health care access challenges for prisoners


21/10/2021 Dr Miranda Davies | Eilís Keeble | Rachel Hutchings

Many prisoners still struggle to access hospital services despite their significant health care needs, and early data suggests the pandemic has worsened access further. In this report, we consider new evidence relating to pre-existing health conditions before prison, the use of remote consultation, different ethnic groups' use of health services and the early impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cost of specialist palliative care in the community: a scoping review



We aim to review the evidence on cost of specialist palliative care delivered in the community in order to improve commissioning of these services.

Overseas nurse recruitment and the NHS


04/10/2021 Billy Palmer | Claudia Leone | John Appleby

The recruitment of nurses from overseas is vital for securing the staff we need in order to meet ambitious national goals to expand the workforce - but what are the benefits and costs? This major new research commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement explores the business case for overseas recruitment and looks at the factors that attract or deter nurses from choosing to work in the UK.

6 practical lessons for implementing technology in domiciliary care


30/09/2021 Lucina Rolewicz | Camille Oung | Nadia Crellin | Stephanie Kumpunen

The social care sector could benefit from the use of digital innovations to enhance the delivery of care, but there are considerable barriers which block widespread adoption. This report sets out six key lessons for policy makers and commissioners for successful implementation of digital technologies in domiciliary care.