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Help us understand the demand for health and social care

The demand for health and social care in the UK continues to grow year on year, and is a fundamental societal challenge facing the UK. However, our understanding of some of the social, environmental and economic factors that affect health and drive demand is limited, making it difficult for health and social care leaders and policy makers to take effective action.

Oxford Population Health has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, to be part of its new Research and Economic Analysis for the long-term programme (REAL). The programme will design and deliver research programmes to improve the quality of long-term decision-making in health and social care.

In particular, we will investigate:

Drivers for health and social care

We will find out what drives the demand for health and social care and how these drivers change over time. This will include looking at factors such as changes in disability and deaths from different diseases, and the impact of technology.

Sustainability and distribution of demand

We will look into how the demand for health and social care differs by geographical region, and identify areas where policy changes could make a difference.

Uncertainty of demand

We will explore methods for dealing with uncertainty, and factors such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospital admissions.

We want to hear your views to help us understand what changes are needed to ensure that we have a health and care system that is shaped for everyone and the future. We want to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged by understanding the drivers of the demand for health and social care, and how to manage the demand effectively.

You could help us achieve this vision. We are looking for members of the public who are based in England to be part of this project. If you are interested in participating or would like to find out more, please email Sadman Islam, or call 01865 617931.

Find out from the project partners why your involvement is critical to the success of this project.  

To find out how we protect any data that you share with us, please read our Data Privacy Notice. If you have received a text message from your GP about this project, this is because you have agreed to receive communications about research projects which might interest you. If you no longer wish to receive these messages, please contact your GP directly.

This project will be delivered by the Applied Health Research Unit, Demographic Science Unit, and Health Economics Research Centre in Oxford Population Health, in collaboration with the Department of Economics, and the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.