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Complementary and parallel research initiatives

Complementary research

The LTNC RI is part of a wide range of research commissioned by Government relating to disabled people and carers’ needs and independent living.

Two complementary short term research projects to this initiative have been commissioned from Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), including “Costs, Quality and Outcomes of Community Equipment Services” (lead researcher Professor Ann Netton, University of Kent) and “Health and social care needs of young people with long-term neurological conditions on transition to adult services and the costs of service provision” (lead researchers Jeni Beecham (PSSRU) and Professor Martin Knapp, LSE).

A parallel research initiative relates to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Long Term Conditions (ICT RI 2).


Parallel research

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are enabling technologies for the NHS. Areas such as computers to support decision making; imaging; hospital information systems, computerised medical records, and telemedicine have all evolved rapidly. The opportunities from ICTs are considerable.

The Information and Communications Technology Research Initiative (ICTRI) will provide evidence to help optimise benefits and realise the full potential of these technologies and inform future strategic planning and policy on the use of ICT in healthcare.

The ICTRI is a programme of research funded and managed by the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health and is in two phases:  ICTRI 1 was completed at the end of 2006.  ICTRI 1 helped to inform the research strategy for ICTR 2 which was commissioned in 2006 and began in early 2007.  The specifications for both initiatives were also informed by a series of background research.

The foregoing provides brief information about complementary and parallel research; for further information, links to the relevant web-sites can also be found on the Links page.

LTNC Newsletter

The latest edition of the LTNC Newsletter can be downloaded here. An Easy Read version is available here. The newsletter is available in other accessible formats, CD or cassette - please send an email to [email protected] for further details.

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As we went to print with the first edition of the Newsletter we learnt of the sudden death of Roy Webb, one of our Advisory Group members, after a short illness. He was a founder member of the Group who made a valuable contribution to the commissioning process and development of a communications strategy for the initiative. Roy was an inspirational person who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


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