The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research is a collaboration between the Health Services Research Group at the University of Cambridge and healthcare researchers at RAND Europe, co-directed by Professor Martin Roland at the University of Cambridge. The leadership of the RAND Europe team changed during the year with Ellen Nolte’s move to LSE, and we welcomed Jon Sussex from the Office of Health Economics as the new co-director of CCHSR.
Patient experience in cancer
Yoryos Lyratozopoulos and colleagues active in ‘cancer health services research’ continued to deliver important findings, including the negative impact on patient experience arising from referral delays once patients subsequently diagnosed with cancer had seen their GP. This highlights the importance of public health and health care interventions in reducing delays in cancer diagnosis.
Developing capacity in health economics
There are now 75 members of HealthEconomics@Cambridge, a network led by Dr Ed Wilson, which brings together people with an interest in health and economics from across the University and Cambridgeshire area, with a regular seminar series (http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/53002).
A report on the economic impact of the Cambridge bioscience cluster, prepared with Professor Peter Tyler from the Department of Land Economy and Cambridge Econometrics, demonstrated that Cambridge is the leading bioscience cluster in Europe, but also showed how the infrastructure in Cambridge is limiting future growth.
The Future Primary Care Workforce
Martin Roland chaired a commission for Health Education England (HEE) which produced a report ‘The Future of Primary Care: Creating Teams for Tomorrow’. The report made clear recommendations for HEE, NHS England and the Department of Health, which, if implemented, could take general practice out of its constant feeling of crisis towards leading what could be one of the best health care systems in the world.
In other work, members of CCHSR have continued to contribute to evaluations across the NHS and beyond, including the evaluations of the Macmillan Cancer Centre, telephone triage in primary care, the NHS ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ programme, and the Health Foundation’s ‘Q initiative’.