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New Vacancy: PSSRU Research Officer

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic individual to the position of full-time Research Officer to start in July 2017. This post will involve undertaking economic evaluations and developing and applying methods for assessing changes through time in national and local level social care expenditure and activity in England. This position offers an opportunity for a motivated researcher to develop a research career in long-term care economics.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 May 2017.

View vacancy details


PSSRU's Raphael Wittenberg acted as specialist adviser for CLG Select Committee Inquiry on adult social care

The Communities and Local Government Commons Select Committee published its adult social care inquiry report last week. PSSRU's Raphael Wittenberg acted as specialist adviser to the inquiry. PSSRU colleagues Jose-Luis Fernandez and Linda Pickard also provided oral evidence to the Committee.

Read more about the report and inquiry


LSE Health Director to co-Chair key WHO public health, innovation and intellectual property review panel

LSE Health Director, Professor Elias Mossialos has been elected to co-Chair a new review of the WHO’s global programme work in public health, innovation and intellectual property. Established at the request of the WHO Director General, the committee’s focus will be on reviewing the existing Global Strategy and Plan of Action and providing a new framework and action plan for the future. Read more...
Martin Knapp

Video and podcast: LSE Works event on promoting mental health - the economic case

PSSRU colleagues Martin Knapp, Eva-Maria Bonin and David McDaid showcased research on the economic case for promoting mental health as part of the LSE Works Seminar Series on 8 March.

The video and podcast from the event is now available to download from Promoting Mental Health: The Economic Case.


New public-private partnership launched to coordinate European health outcomes research initiative

On February 1, a public-private consortium was launched to facilitate the transition towards outcomes-focused health care systems across Europe. Over the next two years, the Big Data for Better Outcomes, Policy Innovation, and Healthcare Systems Transformation (DO-->IT) consortium will work towards using previously unavailable, linked ‘big’ data to reshape health care systems with the patient at the centre, measuring outcomes that matter and focusing resources on treatments that make a difference. Read more...


LSE Health Director Elias Mossialos to lead evaluation of Austrian social insurance system

LSE Health Director, Elias Mossialos, has been engaged by the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection to lead an evaluation of Austria’s social insurance system. The project, which began in late 2016, will evaluate key components of the Austrian system in order to develop a range of policy options aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of services available. Read more...


Complex patients: How health care must adapt to their needs

Reliance on hospitals in OECD countries is poorly suited to the needs of complex patients, who require access to a variety of providers. Elias Mossialos and Martin Wenzl argue that multimorbid patients require a holistic approach to care that helps them access the right services. Read more...


Value in cancer drug spending: new LSE Health research

New research by LSE Health’s Sebastian Salas-Vega and Elias Mossialos questions the value of spending on ever-more expensive cancer medicines. The study, published in JAMA Oncology, finds that while most new cancer drugs approved between 2003 and 2013 extended overall survival or improved the quality of life of cancer patients, their clinical benefits vary widely. Read more...


LSE Health signs MOU with leading Chinese Cardiovascular Centre

LSE Health and the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases (NCCD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the UK Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt and the Chinese Vice Minister, Cui Li. The signing took place during a high level Health Policy Dialogue between the UK and China held in Beijing. Read more...


LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project

LSE Health has been awarded its first major European big data grant. From January 2017 it will coordinate 36 organisations in a public-private consortium with a total budget of 7.2 million Euros. As the leading academic partner, LSE Health will play a prominent role in developing the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s “Big Data for Better Outcomes” (BD4BO) programme strategy. Read more...


Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services

New research shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system. A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London, tracking mental health service use among more than 9000 people over a 40-year-period using data from the 1958 British Birth Cohort, provides unequivocal evidence of the link. Read more...

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Do variations in emergency admission rates explain variations in hospital mortality?

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Matthew Sutton (Manchester)

Signup: https://lsehscformalsutton.eventbrite.co.uk

Big Issues in Health Policy

Date: 28-30 April 2017
Venue: The Ritz Carlton Hotel, South Beach, Miami
Details: This event is a CME accredited event.  The event will cover:            

  • Changes in immigration policies and the health workforce: BREXIT, the EU and the USA.              
  • Obamacare – The future and progress made.              
  • Developments in Randomised Control Trials.              
  • Global incentives and Big Pharmaceuticals.               

The event will bring together professionals from the healthcare industry, and will feature speakers who are prominent academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and MDs from Cleveland Clinic.

Find out more and register here.

Designing financial incentives for weight loss: the role of behavioural economics and preference elicitation

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Marjon van der Pol (Aberdeen)

Signup: https://lsehscformalvanderpol.eventbrite.co.uk

LSE Global Health Initiative Internal Launch 

Date:  Thursday 18 May 2017
Time:  17.30-19.30
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, followed by drinks and poster exhibition in the NAB LG foyer

The LSE will host the internal launch of the Global Health Initiative on the 18 May. The launch will include a seminar on current Global Health research at the LSE followed by drinks and a poster display, showcasing current Global Health research across the School. You can find out more about the initiative here.

Attendance will be first-come, first-served. Find out more and reserve your place here.

To view all forthcoming and past events, please see the events page.

New Eurohealth on Harnessing Big Data for Health

Eurohealth Volume 23 Number 1

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies  (in which LSE Health is a partner) looks at harnessing big data for health. The Eurohealth Observer section presents two articles: Connecting the dots - putting big data to work for health systems, and Big data for better outcomes - supporting health care system transformation in Europe. The International Section contains an article which discusses the health priorities of the 2017 Maltese EU Presidency. The Systems and Policies section looks at four topics: Reforms to inpatient care in Slovakia, American health law changes under the Trump Presidency, Health care reform in Kosovo, and Brexit and health in the UK; and Eurohealth Monitor.


The latest issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law is now available online

In this issue there are articles on competition in China’s public hospital system (by Jay Pan, Xuezheng Qin and Chee-Ruey Hsieh), on medical disputes in Chinese public hospitals (by Alex Jingwei He and Jiwei Qian), and on how the pharmaceutical industry influences prescriptions in Shanghai (by Wei Yang). There is also an article on the health service system for native Americans in the United States (by Tiffany Henley and Maureen Boshier).

The issue finishes with a debate section led by Tony Culyer on the use of cost-effectiveness thresholds in health care, with responses from Anthony Harris, and Michael Gusmano & Gregory Kaebnick.

The issue can be viewed here.

New Eurohealth, Special Gastein Issue on Demographics and Diversity in Europe

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 3

This issue’s Eurohealth, which addresses many topics covered in the 2016 European Health Forum Gastein on the topic ‘Demographics and Diversity in Europe: New Solutions for Health’ is published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies   (in which LSE Health is a partner). Health leaders from the EU, WHO/Europe, Austria, Slovakia and other important institutions present their views and ideas. The Observer section covers: Reconciling demographics and diversity, Inter-culturally competent health care, Health literacy, Innovative solutions for health, Dementia, and the Life-course approach and intersectoral action. The International Section contains articles on: Life-course vaccination, Innovation and patient benefit, Hearing loss, and Health priorities of Slovak EU Presidency. The International Section contains articles on: Refugees and German hospital care, and Big data for health services research.


New Eurohealth, Special issue on priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 2

This special issue, marking the 20th anniversary of the Ljubljana Charter on Reforming health care in Europe, published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies   (in which LSE Health is a partner), explores how Member States are strengthening their health systems in line with the recently launched strategic document “Priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region 2015–2020: walking the talk on people centredness”. Articles include: Introducing the issue; Priorities for strengthening people centred health systems; Transforming health services to meet the health challenges of the 21st century (Germany, Scotland, Republic of Armenia); Moving towards universal health coverage and a Europe free from impoverishing out-of-pocket payments; Enhancing the health workforce (Wales, Republic of Kazakhstan, Malta, Hungary); Ensuring equitable access to cost-effective medicines and technology (Denmark, Republic of Moldova); Improving health information and health information systems’ (Portugal, Slovenia, the Observatory); and Publications.


New Eurohealth on The changing role of nursing

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 1

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies  (in which LSE Health is a partner), examines the changing role of nursing, including articles on the state of nursing in the European Union, nurse migration, EU accession and nursing, and whether there an EU framework for nurse education. Other articles include: Health priorities of the Dutch EU Presidency; Implementation status of the cross-border care directive; Making sense of EU health law; Managed entry agreements in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); What does the Euro Health Consumer Index tell us; and Eurohealth Monitor.


The latest issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law is now online

This issue starts with original research articles on health care mergers (by Jeroen Postma and Anne-Fleur Roos), on switching in health insurance markets (by Daniëlle Duijmelinck and Wynand van de Ven), on the impact of Dutch health care reforms (by Hans Maarse, Patrick Jeurissen and Dirk Ruwaard), on prescription drug costs in the EU (by Eleanor Brooks and Robert Geyer), and on the regulation of primary care in the US (by Michael Richards and Daniel Polsky).

There is then a response from David Chinitz and Avi Israeli to a previously published article on health care in Israel that was written by Dani Filc and Nissim Cohen, and a response to the response by the original authors.

The issue finishes with a review article by Paul McCrone of a book on the rise of ADHD treatment that was written by Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler.

The issue can be found here.


New Eurohealth on Providing emergency medical care

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 4

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth - from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies - addresses emergency medical care. Its Observer section looks at the challenge of providing emergency medical care, including articles on out-of-hours primary care and demand for emergency medical services, urgent care and the English NHS 111 experience, and waiting time policies in the health sector. Other articles include: Challenges and concerns in the new era of EU health policy; Variable implementation of eHealth services within the EU; Medicrime Convention to fight against counterfeit medicines; National men’s health policies (Ireland); Hospital reforms (Switzerland); and Eurohealth Monitor.

To view more outputs, please see the outputs page.

Listed below are the three most recent blog posts from the LSEHSC blog:

Direct payments in residential care
by Daniel Lombard Direct payments have been extended to people living in residential care in England for the first time, in a pilot programme initiated by the Department of Health (DH). The payments are one method of delivering personalisation, an approach towards public services where support is tailored to the needs and preferences of individual people, in order to promote […]

Autism through an Arts Lens: Comments on PSSRU’s LSE Literary Festival Session
by PSSRU organising team Autism through an Arts Lens takes place on Wednesday 22 February, 7.00-8.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. This event is free and open to all. Tickets will be released on Tuesday 31 January. Over the last week we have received some useful comments and queries on our session on Autism through an […]

Value in cancer drug spending: assessing the clinical risks and benefits from a decade’s worth of innovation
by Sebastian Salas-Vega and Elias Mossialos There are growing questions about the value from spending on what seem like ever-more expensive cancer medicines. Rising expenditures may make it difficult for patients to access or remain compliant with life-extending therapies. Yet, some have argued that high prices may be justified if new and innovative treatments offer significant clinical benefits. Even as […]