Policy Research Unit
Policy Research Unit

Welcome to PRUComm
We provide evidence to inform
the Department of Health’s policy
on commissioning to maximise
outcomes for patients.

Quick links

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Building links with our research users and sharing our findings through our dissemination programme is essential to PRUComm. Join our network to have access to our latest research findings. Click here>>

Our goals and activities

PRUComm has published a brochure designed to sum up our activities and goals. Download our brochure >>

Useful link

Check out the Health Policy, Politics and Organisation Group (HiPPO) which investigates innovation in primary care organisations.


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Latest blog 

The journey to the common: What is the role of the voluntary sector?


Projects and publications

New publications

Primary care co-commissioning: Uptake, scope of activity and process of change

This is an interim report for the third phase of our ongoing project following the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England. The report explores the significant changes to the work of CCGs as they took over varying levels of new responsibility for commissioning primary care services from April 2015. Read more>>


Public Health and Obesity in England - the New Infrastructure examined

The PHOENIX project aims to examine the impact of structural changes to the health and care system in England on the functioning of the public health system, and on the approaches taken to improving the public’s health. Read more>>


Eight National GP Worklife Survey report

This is a report from the 8th national surveys of General Practitioner working conditions and attitudes to primary care reforms. Download report [pdf]>>


PRUComm Research Review August 2015

This is our third annual review of research and provides a brief overview of our current research activities. Download report [pdf ]>>

Study on the use of contractual mechanisms in commissioning: Final report

Download report [pdf]>>

Other publications


News and events

PRUComm evidence to the Health Committee

PRUComm provided written evidence to the House of Commons Health Committee's inquiry into Primary Care. The written evidence can be accessed here [pdf] and the Committee's report can be accessed here [pdf]

The Future of Commissioning

A one day seminar hosted by PRUComm to provide a forum to discuss current commissioning issues and system change in England. Read more>>

Examining the impact of the Health & Social Care Act: Research seminar examining developments in the English health system 2013-15

A one day seminar hosted by PRUComm on 26th April 2015 to discuss issues related to commissioning policy in England. Read more>>

The Multiple Purposes of Policy Piloting and Their Consequences: Three Examples from National Health and Social Care Policy in England

Pauline Allen's paper quoted in recent Guardian's article. Read more>>

Clinical Commissioning Groups - one year on

A one day seminar hosted by PRUComm, The Nuffield Trust and the King’s Fund, on 1st May at The King’s Fund, London. Those attending included academics, policymakers and practitioners. Read more>>