The Health Reform Evaluation Programme (HREP) is a programme of research to evaluate the reforms set out in the Department of Health publication Health Reform in England: update and next steps. The programme is funded until March 2010 by the Department of Health and managed as part of its Policy Research Programme. It is coordinated on their behalf from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by Professor Nicholas Mays, Health Services Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Policy, who also chairs the commissioning group.
The aim of the programme is to provide independent scientific evaluation of reform policies in order to inform effective implementation and subsequent development of reform policies.
The Collaborative Centre for the Economics of Infectious Disease (CCEID) was established in 1998 at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM) to provide a focus for the study of economic aspects of infectious disease. CCEID builds on the existing body of research that has been undertaken at LSH&TM and by our collaborators into many aspects of infectious disease in all parts of the world. It aims to consolidate and deepen understanding of the socio-economic implications of infectious disease; develop economic evaluative methods for strategies to prevent and control infectious disease; and explore the economics of the public health systems that regulate, monitor and control infectious disease.
ECOHOST was established in 1997 to conduct research and analyse policy on health and health care in the transition countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.The precise health problems these countries face are wide-ranging. Some are attributable to weaknesses in the delivery of effective health care. Most, however, are related to the adverse socio-economic circumstances that have prevailed. Even today, over a decade after the collapse of communism, nearly all of the Eastern transition countries - including those that recently joined the European Union - have lower life expectancy than the countries of Western Europe.
ECOHOST has built up a considerable body of research on health care and health policy issues. This work has been funded from a variety of sources including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UNICEF, the European Commission and the World Bank.
NCHOD is an unique national resource concerned with all aspects of health outcomes assessment. It was created in April 1998 following the outsourcing of the Department of Health’s Central Health Outcomes Unit and is based jointly at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford. Its current work programme is funded by The Information Centre for health and social care. NCHOD is involved in three main groups of activities:
- Design and development of measures of health outcome
- Production of comparative health outcome indicators using available routine data; in the form of the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators
- Electronic publication of extensive statistical and bibliographic information about health outcomes in the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base.
Our aim is to make best use of existing information while co-ordinating development of better information and tools for the future.
The National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation Programme (SDO) was established in 1999 to consolidate and develop the evidence base on the organisation, management and delivery of health services, and to promote the uptake and application of that evidence in policy and practice.
The philosophy of the SDO Programme is to commission research on six enduring themes running through the organisation and delivery of health services, with the aim of developing coherent 'bodies of knowledge' around these themes. High priority is given by the SDO Programme to synthesising and communicating the research findings it generates relating to the organisation and delivery of health services. Final reports for all SDO commissioned projects are published online and for a number of projects, printed publications including research summaries are produced.