Funding for the adult social care system in England was at its highest point in 2009/10 with total spending of £349 per head of the population in real terms.
Toby Watt is a Senior Analyst in the Economics team and a part time PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Toby joined the team in November 2014 as an analyst. Upon joining he adopted the team's work on health care spending projections, providing analysis of demand pressures that underpinned Making change possible: a Transformation Fund for the NHS, in collaboration with The King's Fund. This analysis was then applied to the NHS in Wales, leading to his first publication as a leading author – The path to sustainability.
As part of the team’s strategic move towards research in health, Toby has been working on nutrition, demand for food and the effect of diet on population health. This research includes an assessment of the impact of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax and the impact of food price promotions on consumer behaviour and nutrition. The latter will contribute to a PhD thesis in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also currently working on a joint research stream with The King's Fund, investigating alternative funding options for adult social care in England.
Toby was promoted to Senior Analyst in January 2017, developing a role as the economics team’s econometrics expert.
Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Toby had 2 years’ experience as an economic consultant, specialising in competition economics. Toby earned a distinction in his master’s degree in Economics from University College London and a first in his undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol.