Rachel Meacock
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Rachel is interested in the evaluation of changes to the financing and organisation of health care. In particular, her work focuses on adapting the methods commonly used in the cost-effectiveness analysis of healthcare technologies, and applying these to large-scale programme evaluations. 

Rachel has particular experience of performing high-profile evaluations of the NHS' move towards seven day hospital services, and multiple pay-for-performance initiatives.

Rachel is the newly elected head of the UK Health Economics Association, HESG, a role she delivers jointly with Prof Nils Gutacker from the University of York. She was previously the first elected Chair of the European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) Early Career Committee, which aims to encourage and foster collaborative relationships between early career researchers across Europe, serving from 2017 - 2020. She currently serves as a member of the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) funding committee. Rachel also provides national leadership in Economics across the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs).

Rachel is Principal Investigator on a 3 year grant from the NIHR HS&DR programme aiming to understand the role of adult community health services in avoiding hospital admissions: https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/NIHR134436

Rachel's other current research projects include:

  • Identifying and measuring spillover effects of changes to healthcare organisation and delivery
  • Evaluating the national NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
  • Effectiveness and value for money of Prescribed Specialised Services Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (PSS CQUIN)
  • Realist evaluation of online mental health communities to improve policy and practice


Contact details: rachel.meacock@manchester.ac.uk



Research interests


Healthcare quality, pay-for-performance, policy evaluation.






BA Economics (The University of Sheffield, 2009)

MSc Economics & Health Economics (The University of Sheffield, 2010)

PhD Health Economics (The University of Manchester, 2017)



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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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