Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

  • A new specialist unit working with a network of external academic partners across the UK to improve the research and evidence base on aspects of health and social care sustainability
  • Aiming to assist NHS and social care strategic planning, and bring about more evidence-based policymaking and a shift in focus towards longer-term system sustainability
  • Funding opportunities totalling £10 million over the next five years. Further information including how to apply to be available by Autumn 2019.

The Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre is a new specialist unit within the Health Foundation that will work with a network of external academic partners  – sustainability research units -  in all four countries of the UK. It will produce independent projections, research and analysis, strongly rooted in robust quantitative modelling, to help ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care in the UK. 

Alongside providing data and resources to assist NHS and social care strategic planning, it will also aim to bring about more evidence-based policymaking and a shift in focus towards longer-term system sustainability.

The Sustainability Research Centre will seek to improve our understanding of the drivers of demand for care, the resulting workforce requirements, the potential for productivity improvements, and the impact of innovations in service delivery, including new technology. It will draw on wider Health Foundation work on service innovations, as well as insights and analysis on the future impact of population risk factors and the social determinants of health.  

The Sustainability Research Centre is at conception stage and over the coming year we will engage widely with policymakers, researchers and those involved in strategy roles in the NHS and care system across the UK to continue scoping this work. This will include a number of opportunities for external research teams to become partners through commissions to work on specific aspects of sustainability. We expect to provide around £10 million of funding over the next five years.

Find out more

Further information on these opportunities and how to apply will be available by Autumn 2019 and shared in our monthly email newsletter.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the Sustainability Research Centre please get in touch at sustainabilityresearchcentre@health.org.uk 

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