Rapid responses

Alongside our planned programme of work, we also provide rapid responses to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and arms-length bodies such as the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), the National Health Service England (NHSE) and the National Health Service Digital (NHSX).

Rapid responses can include fast pieces of work completed in several days to a few months delivered in the format of rapid evidence reviews, scoping work, evidence briefing notes and policy briefing papers.

Women’s Health

A collaborative piece with the Partnership for REsponsive Policy Analysis and Research (PREPARE), led by the University of York in partnership with The Kings Fund.

The rapid response work included a series of focus groups. OPFPRU conducted groups specifically with women aged 65 to feed into a report to inform the DHSC women’s health call for evidence.

Physical activity – life course trajectories and patterns of strength in the UK

December 2020-May 2021

An evidence review examining patterns of strength across the life course and to identify an optimum point at which to intervene to prevent decline, as well as identifying an appropriate measure that could be administered in any large scale surveys, epidemiological studies or interventions.

Identifying clinical frailty in younger groups

June 2020

A rapid evidence review in response to a specific request from NHS England for research into the identification of frailty in younger populations.

What matters to people with multiple conditions (multimorbidities) and their carers?

June 2019-September 2019

A series of focus groups centring on issues specific or unique to the lived experience of older people living with multiple conditions, drawing on work conducted in 2017 to support the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) exercise on Multiple Conditions in Later Life.

COVID-19 rapid responses

See details of our rapid responses relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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