Centre for Health Services Studies

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CHSS celebrates results of first REF submission

12 May 2022

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The Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) has performed strongly in its first submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 100% of impact and over 60% of outputs evaluated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

The Centre's scores are based on results in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Unit of Assessment announced today by the REF.  The REF is the UK's system for assessing the excellence of research in UK higher education providers. This is the first time the Centre has submitted to the REF following substantial growth between 2014 and 2021.

Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of CHSS, said "I'm delighted that CHSS's commitment to methodologically rigorous, multi-disciplinary and impactful research has been recognised by these results. Our first REF submission is the result of the commitment and achievements of everyone associated with CHSS, including our research and professional services staff, our regional, national and international partners, and members of the public who offer their insight and experience to help us enhance our research. I would like to thank everyone involved."

CHSS is an applied health services and policy research centre with a well-established regional, national and international profile. Its principal research strengths lie in primary and community care, health and social care systems, and health and wellbeing, particularly for young people. Find out more on the Centre webpages.


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