We are dedicated to investment in knowledge exchange and translation as well as impact, and are exploring innovative ways to ensure that our research has every chance of making an impact. Our research aims to improve services by influencing practice and policy, and to add to the knowledge base of what works in health and social care. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014: Impact  

LSE's impact case study submissions to REF2014's Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment all received 4* grading. Three of the six case studies submitted by the Department of Social Policy| were from LSE Health and Social Care.

Improving policy and practice to promote better mental health
Professor Martin Knapp, David McDaid, Adelina Comas-Herrera

This case study focused on PSSRU's research on the economic case for interventions to prevent mental illness, to address mental health needs and to promote mental wellbeing. Research has influenced preparation of the National Dementia Strategy for England and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia; underpinned the establishment of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme; and generated part of the evidence base for the emphasis in the 2011 English mental health strategy on promoting mental health and preventing mental illness.

REF2014 Submitted Impact Case Study – Knapp| (PDF)
View the case study on LSE's Research Impact page|

Re-igniting R&D for antibiotics
Professor Elias Mossialos

This case study focused on LSE Health's work analysing the nature of the incentives necessary to get antibiotic R&D going again in order to address decreasing investment by the pharmaceutical industry in much needed antibiotics. In particular it served as the basis for an urgent request by the EU Council for action and sparked the formation of the critical ‘transatlantic taskforce’ (TATFAR): the first major international collaboration to tackle antibiotic resistance. Recommendations from the work served as the foundation for an EU-level public/private partnership and for US regulatory reform.

REF2014 Submitted Impact Case Study – Mossialos| (PDF)
View the case study on LSE's Research Impact page|

Shaping the financing of long-term care 
Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez, Raphael Wittenberg and Adelina Comas-Herrera

This case study focused on PSSRU's research using a range of modelling methods to analyse present and future costs and benefits of alternative social care funding policy scenarios. PSSRU’s rigorous modelling has contributed significantly to shaping both the Labour and Coalition Governments’ policies on funding long-term care, by identifying the need for funding reform and by assisting the government to define and appraise alternative reform strategies. This research has achieved considerable reach across key social care stakeholders in the UK and internationally.

REF2014 Submitted Impact Case Study – Fernandez| (PDF)
View the case study on LSE's Research Impact page|

Other relevant case studies

Across LSE other relevant case studies include:

A new approach to eradicating 'neglected' tropical diseases| - Professor Tim Allen

Helping the NHS deliver better care for less money| - Alec Morton and Mara Airoldi

Improving the motivation and performance of health workers in Africa| - Oriana Bandiera

Making personal happiness and wellbeing a goal of public policy| - Richard Layard

What evidence is required for evidence-based policies?| - Nancy Cartwright

REF2014 - Overall Results

The LSE has confirmed its position as a world-leading research university, with an outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). View further details|

When taking into account the percentage of research rated 4* or 3*, the Department of Social Policy (along with the Departments of International Development, Media and Communications and Government and International Relations (combined entry)) ranked first.

LSEHSC's co-directors Professors Martin Knapp and Elias Mossialos said:

"These are fantastic results for LSE, and in particular for the Department of Social Policy. We are delighted that the Centre has contributed 50% of the Department's impact case studies to REF2014 and that these have all been ranked 4*. This reflects the excellent research taking place within our research centre".