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Money-saving research projects launched


18 May 2015

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The Health Foundation has funded four research projects into system efficiency and value for money in health and social care.

The five-year Efficiency Research Programme has given these research projects a total of £800,000, with the aim of discovering how policy and new systems can increase cost-efficiency and get more for less in the NHS.

The projects are:

The Health Foundation has funded four research projects into system efficiency and value for money in health and social care.

The five-year Efficiency Research Programme has given these research projects a total of £800,000, with the aim of discovering how policy and new systems can increase cost-efficiency and get more for less in the NHS.

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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