Funding and sustainability We carry out research and analysis on health and care finances to promote effective policymaking


The sustainability of the NHS and social care system is likely to become an even bigger issue in coming years, in the face of funding constraints, increasing demand, workforce shortages and wide variation in the quality and productivity of care. Our work on NHS finances is designed to help the health and care service to navigate these difficult times.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Boris Johnson didn’t ‘fix social care’ - the next PM must

Press release
4 August 2022

Response from the Health Foundation on the Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities Committee report into adult social care.

A tale of two hospitals: the pandemic and its aftermath in Berlin and London – with Professor Heyo Kroemer and Professor Tim Orchard

28 July 2022

Episode 22. Professor Heyo Kroemer of the Charité in Berlin and Professor Tim Orchard of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London compare Germany and the U.K's health care systems in the wake o...

Party conference schedule 2022

1 August 2022

The Health Foundation will be holding multiple fringe events and partnering with other organisations to have a presence on their panels.

Government’s nursing target could still leave NHS short of nearly 40,000 nurses by next election

Press release
20 July 2022

Analysis from the Health Foundation's REAL Centre highlights scale of long-term workforce challenges for incoming government.

The capacity challenge: workforce, funding and beds

15 July 2022

Anita Charlesworth rounds up the REAL Centre’s recent work looking at the capacity challenges in the NHS and social care.

How many hospital beds will the NHS need over the coming decade?

July 2022

In the REAL Centre's latest analysis, we review past trends and set out our projections for the number of general and acute hospital beds required in England between 2018 and 2030.

New analysis reveals future NHS beds shortage

Press release
13 July 2022

With England having fewer beds per person than comparable countries, new analysis raises big questions for incoming government over where investment should go to alleviate pressures in hospitals.

Efforts to clear record NHS backlog undermined by lack of workforce plan

Press release
16 June 2022

Health Foundation response to the monthly NHS performance statistics

If the NHS is to recover and become more resilient it will need significant resources

Press release
15 June 2022

Health Foundation commenting on the speech by the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP at NHS ConfedExpo.

Reforming health care: reflections from a former health minister – with Lord Norman Warner

26 May 2022

Episode 20. The NHS is experiencing an unusual set of pressures at the moment. Lord Norman Warner shares his insights and reflects on what might be ahead.

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