Policy Research Unit
Policy Research Unit
Current projects

PRUComm currently has four operational projects, and are also undertaking two evidence
reviews at the request of the Department of Health.

The research programme will examine four main areas of commissioning and health
system structure:

  • Commissioning and system management
  • Clinically-led commissioning
  • The measurement of health gain from commissioning
  • Commissioning for health and well-being
Commissioning strategies
Commissioning strategies

This project is expected to describe the various commissioning strategies employed by Clinical Commissioning Groups. It aims to look at their development and assess their impact, using a number of performance measures.

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New Models of Contracting
New Models of Contracting

This project, which commenced in 2015, focuses on the new contractual models in the NHS (‘alliancing’, ‘prime contractor models’ and ‘outcomes based contracting’). The overall purpose is to investigate these new contractual forms and how they contribute to the improvement and reconfiguration of services. 

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Competition, cooperation and commissioning
Competition, cooperation and commissioning

Starting in 2012, this project will look at commissioning in the context of competition and cooperation. It will investigate how commissioners manage the interplay of competition and cooperation in their local health economies. It will look
at acute services as well as community and primary healthcare. 

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