NHS England needed to to commission a CSU with an academic partner to create the right tools to build the evidence base for vanguards to make decisions in developing new models of care.

Working in partnership with the University of Kent, we undertook a prioritisation exercise that led to four evidence summaries being published.

Through bringing together the subject matter expertise within our team and the University of Kent’s Centre for Health Services Studies, we were able to effectively engage with the vanguards and NHS England to prioritise the key themes from the long list of 70 topics. Research bulletins were created to signpost vanguards to additional publications that would be useful to inform local planning and delivery.