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Department of Health announces research call to evaluate pioneers

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A call has been launched this week for new DH-funded policy research to deliver a longer-term evaluation of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers programme in the context of new funding arrangements for integrated care.

s300_RH_Flickr_image_960x640The research call follows a commitment by ministers to set in place a longer-term evaluation of the Pioneers, and envisages a five year evaluation programme. This longer-term evaluation will follow and build on the early evaluation of the Pioneers programme already in progress.

Subject to scoping and feasibility work, this evaluation will provide DH and its partners with a robust process, impact and economic evaluation of the pioneers programme overall, and of specific initiatives (to be agreed with DH and its partners) within the programme. Further information about the research call can be found here.

There will be further opportunities to refine the aim and focus of the research during the two stage commissioning process and during the initial scoping and feasibility stage of the work, so the Department is looking forward to further input from partners.

Closing date for applications is 1pm 12 August 2014.


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  1. Comment by Pearl Baker posted on

    I am interested in how you evaluate an 'Integrated' system of health and social care, without first establishing what agencies are or should be recognised as part of this new 'concept' It should also be remembered that there is no uniformity across LA CCG Healthcare Trusts in how they deliver this 'Integrated' service. Without uniformity there will be 'Post Code' lottery.

    My research across England show there are some good practices, but unfortunately this is not replicated in other areas.

    I would be interested in becoming involved with this programme, as i have already achieved success with The Rt Hon Ian Duncan Smith MP DWP Minister in changing his policy on 'the fit for work' criteria for the severely disabled. I know what an Integrated system of Health and Social Care should look like. The Monitoring Programme would benefit from my knowledge of who should be involved in an Integrated system of health and social care.

    I was the Carer Representative on the Mental Health National Service Framework, and used to identifying 'good practice'.