RAND Professorship of Health Services Research

martinrolandThe Professorship of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge, a position held by our own Professor Martin Roland, has been retitled to the RAND Professorship of Health Services Research. This is in recognition of the successful collaboration between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe, in developing CCHSR as a centre of excellence and innovation in health services research.

Martin Roland also serves as special advisor to the president of RAND Europe, part of the larger RAND Corporation, which globally has nearly 300 researchers devoted to health and health care policy. Hans Pung, president of RAND Europe, said: “The RAND Corporation is proud to be affiliated with the University of Cambridge in this way. Retitling the chair to the RAND Professorship of Health Services Research recognises excellent research conducted to benefit the public. Martin has been an outstanding leader and we are delighted to have RAND formally identified with his achievements over the past five years.”

As the RAND Professor of Health Services Research, Martin Roland provides research leadership in evaluation of health service organisation and delivery, with particular attention to primary care, the interface between primary and secondary care, and patients’ experience of health care. “I sit in a rather special and privileged position of having affiliations with two pre-eminent health care research groups: the University of Cambridge and RAND, and this name change brings together the two organisations in one title,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to develop our vibrant and strong multidisciplinary research groups.”

Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) was established in 2009 and is co-directed by Martin Roland and Ellen Nolte, director of RAND Europe’s Health and Healthcare
Programme. The Centre forms a collection of more than 20 researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds, brought together with the common aim of informing policy through evidence-based research on health services and systems, both in the UK and internationally. Martin Roland was recognised with a CBE in 2003 for services to medicine. He holds a first-class honours degree and doctorate from Oxford University, with professional qualifications by exam in general practice, specialist medicine and public health. He has been a GP for over 30 years.

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  • The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) is a thriving collaboration between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe. We aim to inform health policy and practice by conducting research and evaluation studies of organisation and delivery of healthcare, including safety, effectiveness, efficiency and patient experience.