Policy Research Unit
Policy Research Unit

Welcome to PRUComm
We provide evidence to inform
the Department of Health’s policy
on commissioning to maximise
outcomes for patients.

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Our goals and activities

PRUComm has published a brochure designed to sum up our activities and goals. Download our brochure >>

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Check out the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation Group (HiPPO) which investigates innovation in primary care organisations.


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Latest blog 

The journey to the common: What is the role of the voluntary sector?


Projects and publications

New publications


Investigating recent developments in the commissioning system

This study aimed to investigate how recent policy developments, including the emphasis on place-based planning, have affected the process of commissioning and planning at local level.

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Impact of removing indicators from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)

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Understanding Primary Care Co-Commissioning. Final report (March 2018)

This report provides detailed evidence about the experiences of CCGs as they took on delegated responsibility for primary care co- commissioning from April 2015. Read more>>


Next Steps in Commissioning through Competition and Cooperation (2016-2017)

This report investigates how commissioners in local health systems managed the interplay of competition and cooperation in their local health economies where there has been a considerable national policy shift towards cooperative methods of commissioning. Read more>>


PRUComm research review 2017.

This is our fifth annual review of research and provides a brief overview of our research activities. Read more>>


Review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in England

This report reviews the evidence of effectiveness of QOF in the context of a changing policy landscape. Read more>>


Improving GP recruitment and retention needs a long-term strategy

This report is an evidence synthesis on GP recruitment, retention and re-employment. Read more>>


Alliance contracting, prime contracting and outcome based contracting: What can the NHS learn from elsewhere?

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PHOENIX: Public Health and Obesity in England - the New Infrastructure examined

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Study on the use of contractual mechanisms in commissioning: Final report

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Other publications


News and events


National evaluation of the Vanguard new care models programme. Interim report

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New report on understanding the new commissioning system in England

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NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

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Numbers of GPs who want out within 5 years at all-time high, finds survey.

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Planning and managing primary care services: lessons from the NHS in England.

Read our paper published in Public Money & Management


PRUComm annual research seminar (2018)

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How are CCGs managing conflicts of interest under primary care co-commissioning in England?

Read our latest BMJ Open paper and blog>>


Challenges faced by CCGs in commissioning primary care services.

Read our BJGP debate and analysis paper>>


Commissioning through competition and cooperation in the English NHS.

Read our paper published in BMJ Open


Views of public health leaders in English local authorities – changing perspectives following the transfer of responsibilities from the NHS to local government.

Read our paper published in Local Government Studies


Commissioning for health improvement following the 2012 health and social care reforms in England: what has changed?

Read our paper published in BMC Public Health


Public Health and Obesity in England – the New Infrastructure Examined

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Pricing in the English NHS quasi market

Read our paper published in Public Money & Management


GP added value in commissioning

Read our paper published in Journal of Health Services Research & Policy


PRUComm evidence to the Health Committee

PRUComm provided written evidence to the House of Commons Health Committee's inquiry into Primary Care. The written evidence can be accessed here [pdf] and the Committee's report can be accessed here [pdf]