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About REAL Supply

The REAL Supply Research Unit is part of an ambitious seven-year programme to transform understanding of health and social care through economic analysis.

Gear icon with papers and charts - About REAL Supply

Over the next 20 years, the health and social care sector in the UK will face significant demographic, technological and climate change challenges which may alter how health and care services are provided.


The REAL Supply Research Unit conducts independent economic research and analysis, alongside the REAL Demand Research Unit as part of the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre, to inform policy actions and address these long term challenges.

Our vision

The health and social care systems in the UK are equipped with the evidence required to plan and respond to major long-term shifts in supply, build resilience against threats to sustainability and take advantage of opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce inequalities.

Our mission
  • Co-develop high quality economic research and analysis to strengthen the resilience, sustainability and equity of the long term supply of health and care

  • Engage with health and care stakeholders to align our research with their evidence needs

  • Foster public debate about the value judgments, science and processes that underpin supply decisions

  • Build capacity by helping non-economists to take part in and interpret economic research

Public & Community Involvement

​We aim to conduct research that will be relevant and impactful to everyone. We believe in collaboration to ensure our research reflects the diverse perspectives and priorities of those affected by health and care policy decisions. Public involvement means you – the community, patients, and anyone with a stake in health and care – actively shaping our research from start to finish. We aim to conduct research that will be relevant and impactful to everyone, with a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. 


We believe that collaborative, coproduced and participatory research processes offer some of the strongest pathways to impact, and that the evidence we produce is only as good as the relationships and learning that shape it. Phase 1 of our work focuses on laying these foundations by prioritising engagement with a diverse range of people and organisations, as a catalyst to achieving meaningful change at the end of Phase 2. 

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