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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Planning and Evaluating Remote Consultation Services: A New Conceptual Framework Incorporating Complexity and Practical Ethics

Journal article


As 'remote by default' becomes the norm for healthcare consultations, this study presents a new framework, Planning and Evaluation Remote Consultation Services (PERCS), to evaluate primary care services.

Untapped? Understanding the mental health clinical support workforce


20/08/2021 Billy Palmer | Lucina Rolewicz | Nina Hemmings | John Appleby

NHS clinical support staff are particularly important to mental health services and while they usually deliver the bulk of hands-on care, they are often undervalued. This report examines the profile of mental health clinical support staff and discusses how issues around recruitment and retention can be improved.

Hospice activity analysis



We are working with Hospice UK to better understand the services provided by the hospice sector.

The right track: Participation and progression in psychology career paths


08/07/2021 Billy Palmer | Laura Schlepper | Nina Hemmings | Nadia Crellin

Despite psychology being a popular subject to study at degree level, staffing mental health services remains hugely challenging. With ambitions to grow the numbers of psychologists and psychotherapists by 2023/24, this report looks at the size and make up of the workforce of those with a background of psychology to better understand their career choices.

Peer supported social care in prisons



The RSET team will perform documentary analysis of Her Majesty’s inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) reports to answer important questions about social care in prisons.

Ethnicity coding in English health service datasets


07/06/2021 Sarah Scobie | Jonathan Spencer | Veena Raleigh

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted ethnic disparities in health care and outcomes in England, but data on the ethnicities of patients remains poor. This report looks at the quality and consistency of ethnicity coding within health datasets and calls on NHS England to provide new guidance for health service providers and GPs.

Tackling Covid-19: A case for better financial support to self-isolate


14/05/2021 Sarah Reed | Billy Palmer | Mike Brewer | Maja Gustafsson

Asking people with Covid-19 to self-isolate is vital to keep the pandemic under control as lockdown measures ease, yet only 52% of people who have symptoms isolate. This briefing by the Nuffield Trust and the Resolution Foundation argues that financial support through schemes similar to furlough should be expanded so that workers isolating can continue to receive their full wages.

Attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse NHS workforce



We are working with NHS Employers to explore issues around equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

10 practical lessons for implementing digital innovations - learning from the Care City test bed


06/05/2021 Chris Sherlaw-Johnson | Nadia Crellin | Rachel Hutchings | Camille Oung | Lucina Rolewicz | Stephanie Kumpunen | Sarah Scobie

Digital health innovations are often seen as 'ready made' solutions to challenges facing health and care systems but despite their potential, implementing these technologies can be complex. This summary highlights ten lessons for those working to integrate technology into health and social care services. The findings are based on a large-scale evaluation of digital technologies being implemented in health and social care in East London.

Fractured and forgotten? The social care provider market in England


16/04/2021 Natasha Curry | Camille Oung

Covid-19 has highlighted many issues in the social care system in the last year, but providers of these vital services are still often ignored. This report highlights the systemic problems with the way the provider market for social care operates in England.