Highlights of our work

We have cited a few examples below to highlight our recent work, however, we are adept at working with any organisation within your budget requirements to meet the project needs.

  • Social value assessment of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project Funded by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service

    We were contracted to assess the social value of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Projectat Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. We conducted surveys, focus groups and interviews with fire service personnel, ambulance staff and service users to evaluate the social, economic and environmental impact the respective interventions have on service users.

    An evaluation report and impact map were provided, which indicated the social value created by respective interventions. This then supported the drive to strengthen and improve service delivery.

  • Review of training and registration requirements for the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) Funded by Public Health Wales

    We were commissioned by Public Health Wales to review the skills, knowledge and understanding required in the NERS role. We also looked at whether the current system provides these efficiently for the workforce.

    To conduct this review, we undertook an extensive literature review of a range of publications and papers from Public Health Wales as well as secondary sources. We held interviews with key stakeholders to provide background to the review. We also surveyed NERS professionals about issues relating to training, qualification, competence and registration requirements.

    This resulted in an in-depth report enabling Public Health Wales to better ensure the training, qualification and registration arrangements guarantee exercise professionals have the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to provide exercise programmes for referred patients.

  • Review of Integrated Apprenticeships in health and social care Funded by Health Education England

    Working in collaboration with Skills for Care, we undertook a review of integrated apprenticeships in the health and social care sectors. We were asked to provide examples of good practice and successful initiatives and to identify barriers to facilitating integrated apprenticeships and any solutions to overcome these.

    The research comprised four elements:

    • Desk research for background to the study
    • The qualitative scoping study, including a survey of Skills for Care’s locality teams and Skills for Health’s key stakeholders, to assess activity across England
    • In-depth qualitative interviews with key experts to understand the nature of integrated apprenticeships, the challenges faced and solutions to overcome these
    • Development of five best practice case studies.

    This research enabled Health Education England to further develop the concept of integrated apprenticeships.

  • Evaluation of the Healthcare Works programme Funded by JP Morgan Foundation

    The Healthcare Works programme is operated by Barts Health NHS Trust. It aims to increase ambition and encourage entry by young people in East London into support roles in healthcare. We were commissioned to conduct an evaluation of the programme to ensure it met its objectives and catered to the needs of learners. The evaluation took the form of stakeholder interviews, participants interviews, a longitudinal survey of learners and a review of programme data such as completion rates, learner demographics, uptake of interviews for employment and outcome of interviews. The evaluation enabled Barts Health NHS Trust to evidence progress, best practice and impact, and led to the organisation expanding the programme.

  • Longitudinal study of the Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP) Funded by Home Office and JESIP

    We carried out a two-year national evaluation of police, fire and rescue and ambulance services, to assess the collaborative roll out of joint emergency learning pilots.

    Through a longitudinal survey, focus groups and interviews with staff of all ranks across the services, the evaluation supported JESIP to develop comprehensive and consistent joint training plans and interventions. The final evaluation report was submitted to Home Office ministers to inform decision-making at a national level.

  • Evaluation of emergency service collaboration Funded by the Home Office and the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group

    We led a consortium, together with the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and West Scotland, to evaluate existing and emerging emergency services collaboration. The evaluation identified best practice and established a knowledge base for greater cooperation across the emergency services. The research consisted of return on investment assessments, literature review, elite interviews, focus groups with front-line staff, and surveys of the general public and emergency services across England and Wales. The final report was published by the Home Office. Our research-informed government ministers during the important police and fire shared service debate at the House of Commons, which subsequently led to the Home Office recommending that emergency services share control rooms.

To see how we could help you and your organisation, contact us to discuss your research and evaluation requirements to discuss your research and evaluation requirements to find out how we can help.