Charles Tallack Assistant Director for the REAL Centre

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Charles Tallack

Charles joined the Health Foundation in February 2019 as Assistant Director for the REAL Centre.

Before joining the Health Foundation, Charles was head of operational research and evaluation at NHS England, where he led a multidisciplinary team of around 40 analysts. The team built a strong reputation based on their analysis and evaluations of major service changes including the New Care Models programme, Babylon GP at Hand, enhanced NHS 111 and pharmacy integration. In this role he led the innovative partnership with the Health Foundation resulting in the creation of the Improvement Analytics Unit, which undertakes high quality impact analyses based on advanced statistical and modelling techniques.

He also has experience of working regionally in the NHS, leading the analytical team in the NHS England South region when it was formed in 2013

Most of Charles’ career has been in the civil service where he worked on a diverse range of areas, and learnt the art and science of policy analysis. He started his civil service career as an operational researcher in the Department of Health (working on the national beds inquiry) and then moved to the newly formed Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit as lead policy analyst on reform of the post office, with a further stint there working on illegal drugs policy. He had a spell in HM Treasury and then moved to New Zealand where he spent four years in its Treasury working on health reform and on economic strategy.

From 2010-11 he was Chief Analyst to the Dilnot Commission, subsequently heading the Department of Health social care funding reform team and the social care analysis team.

Latest articles

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After the pandemic: recovery and reform

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What challenges do the NHS and social care system face over the long term? Charles Tallack rounds up...

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If not now, when? The long overdue promise of social care reform

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Despite government promising to 'fix the crisis in social care once and for all', no plan to reform...

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Why our perceptions of the NHS matter

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Claudia Barclay and Charles Tallack explore why countering misperceptions about the NHS is vital to...

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Sunak was silent on social care when action is needed now

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The Budget continued a pattern of minimal short-term social care funding and nothing about longer...

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What next for the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme?

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The UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme has made an impressive start, with around 30% of the...

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Huge variation in the proportion of over 80s who have had the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

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New data published by NHS England and Improvement shows huge variation in the proportion of over 80s...

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Deprivation and excess deaths

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Our new analysis shows the size of the challenge for the government and broader public sector in...

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The bigger picture

Analysis

In the REAL Centre's first report, we look back at the care and treatment provided by the NHS in...

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Understanding changes to mortality during the pandemic

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Our new analysis explores changes in mortality during the year, focusing on deaths not attributed to...

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Understanding excess mortality: comparing COVID-19’s impact in the UK to other European countries

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As countries emerge from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful comparisons have become...

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Understanding excess deaths: variation in the impact of COVID-19 between countries, regions and localities

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This analysis compares the impact of COVID-19 in different countries, regions and localities through...

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Understanding excess mortality

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International comparisons of COVID-19 deaths can be misleading. We explore some of the ways of...

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