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Shining light on health inequalities – RM commissioned by The Health Foundation

Last month the Health Foundation launched the COVID-19 impact inquiry, exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for health and health inequalities in the UK. The inquiry will explore how people’s experience of the pandemic was influenced by their health and existing inequalities and the impact of the pandemic on people’s health and future health inequalities. 

Research Matters is thrilled to have been commissioned to conduct an evidence review as one of the strands of the inquiry, looking at how the public has experienced the pandemic.  We are trawling through qualitative and polling data, as well as other types of relevant evidence, that reflects the myriad of different feelings, experiences and reactions to the pandemic across different segments of the public.  

Alongside our work, the Health Foundation has also issued a call for evidence to gather evidence from a range of sources across the UK about how experiences of the pandemic have been influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities.  

We can all see and feel how the pandemic and the response have exposed and exacerbated inequalities across our society.  And some of us are lucky enough to have felt some positive impacts too.   Research Matters is humbled and proud to be supporting the Health Foundation in shining a light on these important issues.

Quality Impact Evidence Summaries: Role Development

Research Matters has completed six Quality Impact Evidence Summaries (QIES), which review the evidence of the impact of developing new roles within the NHS.  Distinctively, impact on healthcare is viewed through the lens of quality, using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) domains of quality as a framework. Evidence summaries completed within the policy lever of Role Development are:  

QIES began as a series of structured reviews featured in A Clear Road Ahead, a 2016 Health Foundation project delivered in collaboration with Professor Sheila Leatherman, to shape a quality strategy for the NHS.  The Health Foundation re-commissioned Research Matters in 2017-18 to develop the structured reviews further, with the aim of exploring the potential to develop a sustainable tool or service to support and promote evidence-based policy and decision making across the NHS in England.

Taxonomy of health care policy interventions for the NHS in England

Research Matters has published a working paper setting out the structure of the NHS taxonomy that was developed as part of the Quality Impact Evidence Summaries (QIES) project. (see link Taxonomy of health care policy interventions for the NHS in England; A working paper for Quality Impact Evidence Summaries (QIES) project)

QIES present measurable evidence of the impact of policy interventions within the NHS. Distinctively, impact is viewed through the lens of quality, using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) domains of quality as a framework.

QIES began as a series of structured reviews featured in A Clear Road Ahead, a 2016 Health Foundation project delivered in collaboration with Professor Sheila Leatherman, to shape a quality strategy for the NHS.  The Health Foundation re-commissioned Research Matters in 2017-18 to develop the structured reviews further, with the aim of exploring the potential to develop a sustainable tool or service to support and promote evidence-based policy and decision making across the NHS in England.  

This paper explores the NHS taxonomy used, which focuses on health care policy levers at a national level.  It provides a framework to enable the comparison of policy interventions that have similar underlying modes of action, in order to highlight ‘what works’.  Crucially, the taxonomy can be used to underpin a systematic approach to the production of evidence reviews and potentially to influence decisions about where to commission policy research and evaluations