NIHR POLICY RESEARCH UNIT IN HEALTH AND
SOCIAL CARE SYSTEMS AND COMMISSIONING

Completed projects

Investigating recent developments in the commissioning system
Investigating recent developments in the commissioning system

This project investigates how recent developments in the commissioning system in the NHS have affected the process of commissioning and planning at local level.

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Commissioning strategies
Commissioning strategies

This project is expected to describe the various commissioning strategies employed by Clinical Commissioning Groups. It aims to look at their development and assess their impact, using a number of performance measures.

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New Models of Contracting
New Models of Contracting

This project, which started in 2015, focuses on the new contractual models in the NHS (‘alliancing’, ‘prime contractor models’ and ‘outcomes based contracting’). The overall purpose is to investigate these new contractual forms and how they contribute to the improvement and reconfiguration of services.

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Competition, cooperation and commissioning
Competition, cooperation and commissioning

This project, which started in 2012, looks at commissioning in the context of competition and cooperation. It will investigate how commissioners manage the interplay of competition and cooperation in their local health economies. It will look at acute services as well as community and primary healthcare.

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PHOENIX: An investigation of the public health system in England
PHOENIX: An investigation of the public health system in England

The aim of this project is to examine the impact of structural changes to the health and care system in England on the functioning of the public health system, and on the approaches taken to improving the public’s health. We will explore the impact of the reforms on the organisation and delivery of health improvement services.

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Joining up general practice and community services: evidence synthesis
Joining up general practice and community services: evidence synthesis

This is a rapid evidence synthesis that explores existing evidence relevant to the closer integration of primary and community services, which will be useful for those responsible for formulating policy in this area. 

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Evidence synthesis
Evidence synthesis

We are collecting and synthesising research on commissioning in the UK
and other countries.

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Primary care payment structures: evidence synthesis
Primary care payment structures: evidence synthesis

The aim will be to conduct a synthesis of the research evidence and wider literature on funding mechanisms for primary care

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Contracting in commissioning
Contracting in commissioning

This project will investigate how commissioners negotiate, specify, monitor and manage contractual mechanisms.
It aims to understand which practices produce the best services in their local health economy. The project will look at both acute services and community healthcare.

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