Policy Research Units

NIHR Policy Research Units undertake research to inform government and arms-length bodies making policy decisions about health and social care.

The 15 NIHR units provide both a long-term resource for policy research and a rapid-response service to provide evidence for emerging policy needs. The units also offer advice to policy makers and analysts on the evidence base and options for policy development.

Each university-based NIHR Policy Research Unit hosts a multidisciplinary team of researchers from collaborating institutions, to create a critical mass of experts for research in priority areas for health and social care policy.

The units work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to determine priorities and provide evidence directly to the Secretary of State for Health, government departments and arms-length bodies, such as NHS England and Public Health England.

The 15 units represent a £75 million investment over 5 years, with 13 units running from January 2019 to December 2023.

 

Topic-based priority area(s)

Name of unit

Host institution

Adult social care

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care

London School of Economics and Political Science

Behavioural science

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science

Newcastle University

Cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis

Queen Mary University of London

Children and families

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Children and Families

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Economic methods of evaluation in health and social care interventions

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Economic Methods of Evaluation in Health and Social Care Interventions

University of York

Economics of health systems and interface with social care

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Economics of Health Systems and Interface with Social Care

University of York

Health and social care systems and commissioning

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Systems and Commissioning

University of Kent

Health and social care workforce

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce

King’s College London

Maternal and neonatal health and care

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care

University of Oxford

Mental health

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Mental Health

University College London and King’s College London

Obesity

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Obesity

UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Older people and frailty

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Older People and Frailty

University of Manchester

Policy innovation and evaluation

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation and Evaluation

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Public Health

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Public Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Quality, safety and outcomes of health and social care

NIHR Policy Research Unit in Quality, Safety and Outcomes of Health and Social Care

University of Kent