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3 January 2024

New Years Opportunities with the Health Economics Unit

Join the Health Economics Unit as a temporary contractor or full time team member. See the latest opportunities here.

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20 July 2023

Registrations open for award-shortlisted Population Health Management training

Registration is now open for three free training courses offering a comprehensive introduction to Population Health Management (PHM) and health economics and evaluation. With training options available for both absolute […]

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30 June 2023

In Conversation With… podcast Pride special

The Health Economics Unit are proud supporters of Pride, and we work as a team to encourage diversity, equality and inclusiveness in all that we do. In the run up […]

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12 April 2023

Speakers announced for first Health and Care Analytics conference

We’re excited to reveal the first expert speakers who will be appearing at July’s national Health and Care Analytics conference. Including leading figures from the UK’s response to the Coronavirus […]

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4 April 2023

Online training collaboration nominated for prestigious award

The Health Economics Unit and the Midlands Decision Support Network are proud to be shortlisted for an HSJ Digital Award for their Population Health Management online training. The HSJ Digital […]

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3 April 2023

Smarter Spending in Population Health: A first year of insights

The Smarter Spending in Population Health (SSPH) programme puts healthcare analytics into the hands of the people delivering and receiving treatment and services, empowering them to make impactful changes. After […]

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13 March 2023

Integrated Care Systems- the Great Expectation?

In this guest blog post, Sally Markwell, senior lecturer within the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery (Oxford Brookes University), explores how working together across Integrated Care Systems moves us […]

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6 March 2023

Evaluating robotic surgery in the NHS

With advancements in technology offering increasingly versatile options for use of robotic surgery in the NHS, it’s important that we understand the potential impact these techniques could have for the […]

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3 March 2023

Join our team – Lead Health Economist

***READVERTISEMENT*** We are looking for someone that is passionate, kind and enthusiastic about using data to transform healthcare to join us as a Lead Health Economist (Band 8a). Applications are now […]

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23 January 2023

HEU Lead Health Economist

***READVERTISED*** The application process has closed. We are currently reviewing applications. We are hiring a passionate and forward-thinking Lead Health Economist (Band 8a) for a fixed-term contract to 1 April […]

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20 January 2023

Helping analysts to drive better decisions

Equipped with a range of tools and techniques, an analyst can support better decision making, and ultimately drive better health outcomes… But how do we achieve this? As part of […]

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20 January 2023

HEU online training series – Health Economics

As part of the Health Economics Unit’s recent training programme on population health management with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) we ran several interactive online sessions on the […]

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17 January 2023

The role of health economics and a framework for resource allocation in PHM

The Health Economics Unit, in partnership with the Midlands Decision Support Network, have been working with the team at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) on Population Health Management […]

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22 November 2022

Population health management: How systems work together

This online training session during day 3 of Insight 2022 brings together Population Health Management experts Andi Orlowski, of the Health Economics Unit, and Sally Markwell of Oxford Brookes,  to look at the underlying […]

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7 November 2022

How to look at data

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) hold some of the richest data in health and care which can tell us a great deal about our local populations and their needs. However, faced […]

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21 October 2022

A career defining summer?

Two participants from the 10,000 Black Interns programme speak about their time working at the Health Economics Unit during 2022. Students Aderayo Onipede and Victor Eze-Ukaegbu spent the summer working […]

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17 October 2022

Bridging the ‘Goldacre Gap’ – new development on AnalystX to focus on population health management data and analytics

With the launch of the Population Health Data and Analytics Centre of Excellence (PHDA CoE), AnalystX* has created the first comprehensive curriculum for health and care data professionals and analysts […]

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13 October 2022

HEU Lead Data Scientist

We are hiring a creative and passionate Lead Data Scientist (Band 8a) The application deadline is currently 31 October 2022. You’ll have experience working in a big data environment, deploying […]

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16 June 2022

HEU’s Jack Ettinger to speak at the HIMSS European Health Conference

Jack Ettinger, Senior Health Economist at the Health Economics Unit (HEU), will be speaking and joining a panel discussion at the HIMSS European Health Conference and Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland, […]

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15 June 2022

AphA mentorship programme aims to strengthen analyst community

Launched in April 2021, the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts’ (AphA) mentorship programme is designed to connect mentors and mentees across the NHS and public sector. Aligning to AphA’s professionalisation […]

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16 May 2022

Why population health is the future

The Health Economics Unit’s director, Andi Orlowski, recently spoke at the Pulse PCN London forum about how primary care networks (PCNs) can use their deep understanding of local populations to […]

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30 March 2022

Matt Grek on why we publish

In our ever-pulsating digital world, it feels like there is infinite shelf space for more and more content. In this blog Matt Grek explains the Health Economics Unit approach to […]

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23 February 2022

Data linkage: the missing link for population health management

A new ‘Guide to data linkage’ has been published by NHS England, aimed at anyone involved in the planning and delivery of health and care, from GP practices and secondary […]

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7 February 2022

Andi Orlowski becomes AphA president

Announcing the appointment of Andi Orlowski as President of the Association of professional healthcare analysts (AphA) for the period January 2022 to December 2022. Andi, who formally took the post […]

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21 January 2022

Population Health Finance: Why allocative efficiency should be embedded in NHS finance processes

One of the key principles in economics is scarcity. There is not enough resource to meet all needs. As healthcare professionals, we can all recognise this theory. Given scarcity exists […]

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14 January 2022

Bridging the Impactibility Gap: New Review Published

The Health Economics Unit (HEU) has published a new BMJ Open paper exploring how Impactibility can bridge the gap in population health management. The paper details a systematic review of […]

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5 January 2022

HEU hiring Senior Health Economist

This vacancy has now closed.  Thanks to all who expressed an interest in our Senior Health Economist role. More information about how to join us. We are the Health Economics […]

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27 December 2021

HEU Chief Analyst recruitment

This vacancy has now closed.  Thanks to all who expressed an interest in our Chief Analyst role. More information about how to join us. ***We were hiring for a brand […]

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21 December 2021

NECCTAR – a year of making a difference in critical care

As the North East London Critical Care Transfer And Retrieval (NECCTAR) Service approaches the end of its first year of operation, the country is once again facing a COVID level […]

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16 December 2021

Levelling up for the future: the impact of COVID on cancer care

Andi Orlowski, Director at the Health Economics Unit (HEU), and his colleague Heather Humphreys joined DATA-CAN’s James Peach, Deborah Lancaster (former Head of Market Access, Novartis UK) and Heather Moses […]

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13 December 2021

PULSE PCN insights Winter 2021

In April 2021 PULSE magazine launched PULSE PCN as a the new hub containing information for primary care network clinical directors. They’ve just interviewed Andi Orlowski for the Winter 2021 […]

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10 December 2021

And the winner is… causal inference!

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded today, with Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens being recognised for their contributions to the analysis of causal relationships. Here Bruno […]

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19 November 2021

Using Directed Acyclic Graphs to understand cause and effect

In the summer the Health Economic Unit’s expert senior econometrician Bruno Petrungaro had the opportunity to speak to participants of the Midlands Decision Support Network’s quasi-experimental approaches ALS about Directed Acyclic […]

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12 November 2021

How the Aristotle portal helps health leaders put data to ‘the best purpose’

Population health management is a core principle of our work at the Health Economics Unit (HEU) and we are proud to be able to collaborate with and support innovators at […]

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10 November 2021

Meet Rayne: Making a Difference to Healthcare

At the Health Economics Unit (HEU) we are proud of our passionate team of experts, who have an incredible range of skills and experience. But we know that our people […]

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25 October 2021

NHS-R Conference 2021

The NHS-R Community is running its fourth annual conference during the first two weeks of November 2021. The conference promotes the use of R in the NHS and takes place […]

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21 October 2021

The most valuable value

Watch the debate as experts from the NHS, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and academia discuss the challenges of finding value through efficiency and allocating resources appropriately. […]

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15 October 2021

Sharing your awesomeness

We do incredible work every day in health and care, not just those on the frontlines, but also analysts, economists, communications professionals and everyone who is working behind the scenes […]

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22 September 2021

How to incorporate data scientists into the workforce

What role can data scientists and analysts play in the workforce of our healthcare systems and how can they work effectively alongside clinicians and operational managers? These were subjects that […]

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10 September 2021

How population health analytics can influence change

As the NHS braces itself for a surge of patients who have been putting their health issues to one side during the COVID-19 pandemic, what can be done to target […]

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3 September 2021

Expert Machine Learning Course for ICS Analysts

Integrated Care System (ICS) analysts are being offered the opportunity to learn today’s most in-demand machine learning skills from experts. The course, which would usually cost analysts £1,470 to attend, […]

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31 August 2021

Professor Gwyn Bevan on the STAR approach

Professor Gwyn Bevan has been instrumental in the development of the STAR (Socio-technical allocation of resource) approach to allocative efficiency. Health Economics Unit (HEU) director Andi Orlowski recently had the […]

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26 August 2021

There’s still time to enter the machine learning challenge

Do you and your team have the coding and maths skills to help the NHS recover from the pandemic? If you believe you do then don’t miss out – you’ve […]

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23 August 2021

Building a predictive model

Bruno Petrungaro, Senior Econometrician, lead for machine learning training via the AnalystX platform on the FutureNHS Collaboration site, shares knowledge and best practice on building a predictive model. There tends […]

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19 August 2021

HEU responds to government’s new data strategy

On 23 June 2021, the UK government published a draft of its new national data strategy: Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data. Given that the main […]

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16 August 2021

It’s all about creating collaboration…

In recent months, the Health Economics Unit (HEU) has been supporting Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on developing a case for the long-term provision of cleaners, porters and catering staff […]

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12 August 2021

COVID-19 and cancer: Our opportunity to maximise recovery in the NHS and beyond

Andi Orlowski, Director at the Health Economics Unit (HEU), presented at the HSJ National Cancer Virtual Forum on 8 April 2021. It was one of a series of HSJ webinars that […]

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9 August 2021

Real-world data as an effective response to COVID pressures in critical care

Jonathon Dean, Critical Care Hub doctor from Barts Health NHS Trust, is a member of the North East London Critical Care Hub, a group created in response to COVID. Here, […]

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5 August 2021

Launching the AnalystX machine learning community

Bruno Petrungaro, senior econometrician, describes the launch of the new AnalystX machine learning space on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform. In March 2021, Julia Wilkins and I gave a talk online […]

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2 August 2021

Working together is crucial to tackle wider determinants

What are wider determinants of health and why do they matter so much? Andi Orlowski spoke on the subject at the Together for Health conference for local authority leaders in […]

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