The London School of Economics and Political Science has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the work of LSE Health and Social Care, an innovative international research centre whose work has influenced government policy in the UK and beyond.
It is the second time LSE has won this prestigious prize which recognises outstanding achievement in UK universities and colleges. The School's Centre for Economic Performance was honoured in 2002.
LSE Health and Social Care won the prize for 'applying research to the advancement of global health and social care policy'. The citation says that its work is 'widely seen as unique in its continuing ability to bridge the gap between research and policy. It is widely and frequently referenced by policy makers and has contributed to raising the quality of evidence-based policy making within government.'
Examples of recent policies that are based substantially on the Centre's research include:
Improvements in choice, competition and accountability in the NHS;
Developing community care models which have helped the resettlement of hundreds of long-stay hospital patients;
Research commissioned by the Swedish EU Presidency on how to stimulate production of new drugs to tackle resistance to antibiotics;
Forecasts of the future living conditions of older people in Europe that have fed into the government's imminent paper on long-term care;
A radical overhaul of stroke services, which has improved the lives of patients and carers.
Howard Davies, Director of LSE, said: 'This award is a great honour which recognises the exceptional contribution made by LSE Health and Social Care in producing world-class policy-relevant research over many years. I would like to congratulate this talented group of staff whose cutting-edge work continues to play a key role in developments in health and social care in the UK and many other countries.'
LSE Health's director, Professor Elias Mossialos, added: 'We are very honoured and proud to receive this prestigious award, which reflects the rigorous academic standards and systematic approach to bridging research and policy that we apply to our work. It is a particularly commendable achievement given that we are such a young centre, having been operating for less than 15 years.
'All credit must go to our talented and dedicated staff at LSE, and the European Observatory on Health Policies and Systems, for their hard work which has led to LSE Health and Social Care's exceptional work having a truly significant impact on research and policy both domestically and globally.'
Martin Knapp, director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE Health and Social Care, added: 'LSE Health and Social Care is a vibrant group of very busy researchers, teachers and students. We are delighted that our efforts and achievements have been recognised with this highly prestigious award.'
Professor Alistair McGuire, Head of the department of Social Policy within which the Centre is housed, said: 'This is a great recognition of the Centre's achievements over the years. The Centre has made several important contributions in the area of health and social care, always addressing relevant and topical policy questions, drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines. The work of the European Observatory is especially noteworthy as its work feeds into a large number of government and policy-making bodies. This award is both merited and deserved. Congratulations.'
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Director General Research & Development at the Department of Health, commented: 'The contribution of the Centre to the economics of social care is unrivalled. It has an established national and international reputation for the quality of its analytical models and analyses.'
Goran Hagglund, Sweden's Minister for Health and Social Affairs, added: 'LSE Health is truly a centre of excellence and has the best reputation in Europe for policy relevant work.'
Karen Davies, President of the Commonwealth Fund in USA, said: 'The Centre has unparalleled depth of knowledge and networks in international health system comparisons and outstanding analytical capacity. It is the leading academic centre in the world for European comparative research on health systems.'
Notes for editors
1. The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are separate from but sit alongside the Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the National Honours System. They were founded and are administered by an independent charity. The Royal Anniversary Trust. The Prizes are awarded every two years. They were first awarded in 1994 and originated out of the commemorations for the 40th anniversary of the Queen's reign.
2. LSE Health and Social Care is based in the department of Social Policy and is also affiliated with the departments of Accounting and Management.
3. Its unique research base contributes to the School's established world presence and reputation in health policy, health economics, social care policy and mental health economics. Bringing together a core team of researchers and academics, the Centre promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of 71 staff members, 45 associated academics and a large number of postgraduate students. Disciplinary backgrounds include accounting, applied social statistics, demography, econometrics, economics, geography, health policy, health services research, public health, and social policy.
4. Click here| to read LSE Health's Queen's Anniversary Prize brochure.
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19 November 2009