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Department of Health Services Research and Policy

Head of Department: Jan vanderMeulen
Department Research Degree Co-ordinator: John Cairns
Department Administrator: Debby Stanley

Tel: +44 (0) 207 927 2366 Fax: +44 (0) 207 927 2701

Established in 1988, our aim is to carry out research that helps to improve the quality, organisation and management of health services and systems. This work extends from establishing what care should be provided and how services should be organised, through assessing the quality of existing services, to how improvements can be brought about.
In addition, the Department aims to improve the understanding of how health services and systems behave, both for its own sake and as a precursor to more applied research. This work includes policy analysis, sociological studies of care and studies of the organisation of care.


Most of our research is in high-income countries and, in particular, the UK.


The Department is the host of the Policy Innovation Research Unit and the Policy Research Unit for Commissioning and the Health Care System. The Units are funded by the Policy Research Programme of the Department of Health.


The Department is part of the School’s European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST) which, in turn, is a major partner in the WHO-funded European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.


The Department supports the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Office for Research and Clinical Audit at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecology.


The Department contributes to the LSHTM hub of the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

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