The Health Foundation selects four research projects to explore original ideas on system efficiency and value for money

13 May 2015

Four research projects have been selected as part of the Health Foundation’s new £800,000 open call for innovative research ideas on system efficiency and value for money in health and social care.

The Efficiency Research Programme aims to address how new approaches can support long-term transformational change in health and social care in the UK.

Research teams will explore some of the most powerful ways that health, or health and social care services can increase value, and provide more for less.

The programme will run for five years and each project receives up to £500,000 of funding to support the research.

The programme aims are to:

  • generate new knowledge that provides an increased understanding of the likely impact of health care policy and process changes on cost, capacity, value and productivity
  • increase our practical understanding of how to better implement, spread and scale-up value-generating programmes within a UK context.

The projects are:

Health care technology diffusion in the NHS and workforce impact – The London School of Economics and Political Science
This research project will analyse national data to measure uptake of new surgical procedures and the impact on staffing composition, expenditure and working practices. The research aims to increase understanding of the effect that new health care technologies have on the NHS workforce, to support workforce planning.

Allocative efficiency of health spending on older people – Institute for Fiscal Studies
This research project aims to increase understanding of how public money is allocated across health and social care services for older people, the effect of health outcomes and wellbeing, and whether the spending is effective.

Impact of key GP characteristics on unscheduled secondary care use and patient outcomes – Frontier Economics
This research project will explore whether GPs who are involved in training, commissioning and other initiatives achieve better outcomes for patients with long-term conditions, as well as cost savings through fewer unplanned hospital admissions.

Network and competition effects in the diffusion of innovation in the NHS – Imperial College London
This research project aims to increase understanding of the factors that influence the adoption and diffusion of innovative cancer treatments in hospitals.

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