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Research working parties

The Health and Care practice area is active in member-led research

Member-led research working parties are volunteer-led working groups that conduct research on timely topics of wide interest to the practice area and the profession.

The Health and Care Research Sub-committee has oversight of all the working parties listed below and encourages them to undertake research that can be shared with Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) members via sessional papers, articles in The Actuary or the British Actuarial Journal (BAJ), and presentations at conferences or workshops.

There are currently four active Health and Care research working parties:

  • Diabetes - This working party will research the risk factors, incidence and mortality of diabetes along with future plausible trend scenarios which are of relevance to working actuaries.  Given the high prevalence of this disease and implication on NHS budgets and mortality/morbidity implications we view this is a key public interest issue which will also have consequences for the insurance industry. 
  • Electronic Medical Records - This working party research the current state of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the UK, so that users of the research can gain a better understanding of the opportunities and limitations these EHRs may provide, particularly in underwriting and pricing Life, Health & Care products
  • Population Health Management - to promote the development of population health management within the actuarial profession and the health sector
  • The Role of the Actuary in Health and Care - to describe the main areas in which IFoA member actuaries currently work in the health and care sector in the UK and abroad, and identify and assess potential new areas of opportunity.

Cross practice working parties include:

ICAT workstreams overseen by the Health and Care Board

If you have your own ideas for member-led research you would like to pursue, please refer to our Guidance for Research Working Parties or contact the Communities team.

All members are encouraged to volunteer for a research working party

Members interested in volunteering for a research working party should check Volunteer vacancies for current and new working parties.

The IFoA is also actively involved in commissioning strategic and external research relating to Health and Care

Information on research undertaken by universities and other external agencies which receive funding and/or support from the IFoA, as well as the IFoA’s strategy for involvement, the process for calls for research, current research initiatives and funding, can be found in Research and Knowledge.

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Contact Details

For more information about Health and Care working parties contact the Communities Team.

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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