REAL Challenge annual lecture: A radical new vision for social care 

In the second of the REAL Centre's REAL Challenge annual lectures, we invite Dr Hilary Cottam OBE to generate debate by bringing fresh, innovative ideas to reinvigorate the way we think about care. The event will take place online on Tuesday 2 November 2021 at 12.30–14.00. Register now to be part of this year’s REAL Challenge 

THIS Space 2021, online on 24 and 25 November 2021 

THIS Institute’s virtual annual event, THIS Space, is open for registration. Aiming to promote interdisciplinary exchange to build the field of health care improvement studies, THIS Space is open to all and free to attend for those in the UK and internationally. Register now 

Blogs and long reads 

A complex patchwork of programmes 

The Health Foundation’s Improvement team share some findings from their mapping of the health care technology and innovation landscape. Read more

Health is wealth – investors can no longer afford to ignore it 

National and local governments have the power to address the root causes of health, and they do, to an extent. But investors and businesses have considerable agency over commercial health determinants, which are also significant. Read more

Five tests for levelling up health 

Expectations around the imminent levelling up white paper are high. But will it truly seize the opportunity to level up health? Here are our five tests to assess the white paper's level of commitment. Read more

The challenge of going green: creating a more sustainable Health Foundation 

As a funder, investor and a workplace, environmental sustainability should be a 'green thread' running through all Health Foundation activities. This blog explores our organisational approach to climate change. Read more

Getting REAL on future health and social care funding 

What’s next, and what’s needed, for health and social care funding? Read our round up of recent evidence from the REAL Centre. Read more 

Going green: what do the public think about the NHS and climate change? 

What do the public think about climate change, health and the NHS net zero ambition, and why does this matter? Genevieve Cameron, Anya Gopfert and Tim Gardner present findings from our latest polling. Read more

Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity 

Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton, Anita Mehay and Will Warburton look at what is needed to put these approaches into practice. Read more


A whole-government approach to improving health 

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a series of individual actors. Read the report

The value of investing in social care 

The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust have come together to set out the benefits of further funding for reform to adult social care in England. Read the report 

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the clinically extremely vulnerable population 

We present analysis from the Networked Data Lab on the impact the pandemic has had on the clinically extremely vulnerable population. Read the report


Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice 

Modelled after the Rhodes Scholarships, the Harkness Fellowships aim to produce the next generation of health policy leaders in participating countries. Find out more 

New THIS Institute Fellowship: Green and sustainable health care 

How will the NHS achieve net zero health services by 2045? THIS Institute is looking for talented researchers from diverse backgrounds including applied health research, ecology, behaviour change, systems, building design and beyond, to apply for a fellowship to lead improvement research with a focus on environmentally sustainable health care. Applications are now open and close 12 noon, 15 December 2021. Find out more

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