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

Current projects

PRUComm currently has three core research projects, and are also undertaking a number of shorter projects at the request of the Department of Health and Social Care. The research programme will examine three main areas of commissioning and the health and social care system structure:

  • Integrated systems (Research on the developing architecture of system management including ICSs, ICOs and STPs or their successors)
  • Primary care networks (Primary Care Networks: exploring developments in primary care commissioning, contracting and provision)
  • Outcome measures for assessing the impact of changes in community health services (Understanding the impact of services in the community on hospital care)

We also have three responsive projects:

  • Updated modelling for the Local Authority Public Health grant
  • Evaluation of the impact of changes to incentive schemes for general practices
  • Tenth GP Worklife survey
Primary Care Networks: exploring primary care commissioning and contracting
Primary Care Networks: exploring primary care commissioning and contracting

The aim of this study is to understand the processes by which primary care services are commissioned and contracted for at neighbourhood level, and to explore the impact and outcomes of those processes.

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Researching on the developing architecture of system management
Researching on the developing architecture of system management

The aim of this study will be to investigate the further development of STPs, ICOs and ICSs or their successors under the NHS Long Term Plan, in order to find out how effective these new forms of collaboration are and what factors influence this.

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Understanding the impact of services in the community on hospital care
Understanding the impact of services in the community on hospital care

The aim of this study is to identify the cost implications of initiatives in community health services to reduce hospital utilisation and referral to specialist services.

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Updated modelling for the Local Authority Public Health grant
Updated modelling for the Local Authority Public Health grant

The aim of this project is to update the needs modelling on sexual health and substance misuse services that underpins part of the allocation formula for the public health grant to local authorities.

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Evaluation of the impact of changes to incentive schemes for general practices
Evaluation of the impact of changes to incentive schemes for general practices

The aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of running a quality incentive scheme in general practice and a further pilot scheme for networks of general practices.

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Tenth GP Worklife Survey
Tenth GP Worklife Survey

The aim of this project is to undertake the tenth round of the National GP Worklife Survey, to understand GPs’ experiences of their working lives in England.

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