About us

The Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) is a collaboration between two leading health care research groups at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, and at RAND Europe.  With over twenty researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds, CCHSR’s objective is to inform policy through evidence-based research on health services. The groups are led by Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge and Jon Sussex, Chief Economist at RAND Europe.

Our aims are to inform health policy and practice by:

  • Developing methods for measuring quality of care, and
  • Evaluating ways of improving the safety, effectiveness, efficiency and experience of care.

For example, current research includes approaches to improve patient experience in primary care, socio-economic variation in cancer outcomes and their link to the quality of health services, and an evaluation of alternatives to face-to-face consultations in primary care.

A key strength is the diversity of disciplines and skills within the Centre, with members coming from backgrounds including medicine, psychology, sociology, statistics, health services research, public health and public policy.

About RAND Europe

RAND Europe is an independent not-for-profit policy research institute and an affiliate of the US-based RAND Corporation. Their mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. From their base in Cambridge and an office in Brussels, RAND Europe work to inform policymaking across Europe. Their interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research covers a range of areas both topical and methodological. Clients include European governments and institutions, third sector organisations, academic bodies and private sector firms with a need for quality-assured, impartial research and analysis.

About the Institute of Public Health

The Institute of Public Health is a strategic partnership between the NHS, MRC and the University of Cambridge. The University members of the Institute, including the Primary Care Unit where the Health Services Research Group is based, together form the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. This Department is one of Europe’s leading academic departments of population health sciences. The Department’s overall research objective is to generate scientific evidence that will inform the prevention of premature death and disability, the promotion of health, and provide evidence to inform health policy.

  • We are a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary team of researchers with expertise in areas including public health and primary care, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, econometrics, statistics, and health services research.
  • Contact us

    For research related enquiries please contact:

    RAND Europe
    Jon Sussex

    Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge
    Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

    For media enquiries please contact:

    Lynne Saylor, Head of Communications
    RAND Europe