UoA 7: UCL Health Services Research

Health Services Research (HSR) features widely across UCL, within and beyond the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. This return groups together 13 Category A, one Category B and one  Category C staff, active in health informatics, medical education, organisational development, clinical operational research and health psychology. The names of Categories A and C staff are emboldened, throughout the text. They are based in four specialised research centres. CORU (Clinical Operational Research Unit), led by Gallivan and, since 2007, by Utley, is a national centre of excellence in mathematical modelling of health care processes and interventions. CHIME (Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education), led by Ingram, is at the forefront of international work on standards for clinical information systems and is a designated WHO Collaborating Centre, in recognition of its contribution to the community control of inherited disorders. ACME (Academic Centre for Medical Education), led by Dacre, is a national centre for the evaluation of clinical skills, the assessment of clinical competency and the development of the GMC procedures for assessing poorly performing doctors. CBSSM (Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine), led by Newman, is recognised internationally for its research into the impact of cardiac surgery on brain function.

Nine of the Category A staff returned are HEFCE core-funded, two are funded on DH/NHS programme grants and two on research grants. Six other Category A health service researchers are returned to UoA8 (Bowling, Iliffe, Murray, Greenhalgh, Wallace) and UoA6 (Raine).  Principal research links with these staff are in eHealth and health services development.

The Centres address a wide range of interlinking applied, theoretical and methodological health services research themes; share infrastructure, resources and research support services, and have health services partners in common. CHIME, ACME and CORU collaborate in research activities and all four Centres have research links with clinicians at the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, where CHIME and ACME are based. CORU has been awarded four successive five-year core grants from DH, through international peer-review. The most recent, in 2003, applauded its uniqueness and outstanding success.

Research income (RA4) amounted to £10.6m, including fourfold growth in Research Council income (2002-2007). In addition, £16.1m of research funding was channelled through other institutions in grants in which the staff submitted have participated - Research Councils, £6.5m; EU, £3.2m;  DH/NHS, £2.6m; DTI, £2.4m; Other (e.g. Research Charities), £1.4m.

The Centres offer 5 taught Masters Programmes (416 MSc students over the RAE period). 95% of health psychology MSc students proceed to PhD programmes, at UCL and elsewhere.  34 research students have been supervised, with 8PhD and 2MD completing (10 students are in the final writing up stage). 18 research assistants have been registered for PhDs over the period and, as a consequence, most doctorate students are part-time. The completion times implied by RA3a reflect the fact that most students included in the submission were also members of UCL research support staff.

In 2001, UCL Biomedicine consisted of two faculties, Clinical Sciences (FCS) and Life Sciences (FLS), and five recently incorporated research institutes, of which four were separately submitted to RAE2001. To enhance organisational coherence and further integrate research effort, a formal international panel review (Chair: Sir Keith Peters) in 2005, resulted in the FCS and research institutes being amalgamated into a single Faculty of Biomedical Sciences (FBS) composed of 13 thematically based research divisions whose research programmes are aligned, where appropriate, with partner NHS Trusts.

ACME, initially a component of CHIME, is now the centre of the new cross-cutting Division of Medical Education. CHIME has joined the Division of Population Health, alongside Epidemiology and Primary Care, consolidating research collaborations which have evolved over the past decade. This Division leads the new Global Health Initiative of UCL, in which informatics plays an important role. CBSSM has joined the Division of Medicine, where it fosters HSR. CHIME and ACME provide strategic leadership of informatics and education research strategy and related support services for FBS.

Download full text of the RA5a statement for Health Services Research (pdf 92Kb)

Staff names below link to submitted publications:

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