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We regularly publish insights and analysis relating to policy and performance in health and social care in the UK, as well as comparisons with other international health systems.

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To bounce back from COVID-19 the NHS needs investment, not reform

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9 September 2021

Investment has been announced this week for the NHS, as well as extra funds and a reform plan for social care. This has prompted questions from political quarters.

The NHS Long Term Plan and COVID-19

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September 2021

Our assessment of progress against the main pledges in the NHS Long Term Plan and the impact of COVID-19 on their delivery so far.

The future of the NHS hospital payment system in England

Briefing
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July 2021

The whole health service needs to recover well from COVID-19 and transform to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic environment. This briefing, produced with Frontier Economics, considers these cha...

The government’s levelling up agenda

Briefing
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July 2021

What does ‘levelling up’ mean, and why should health be centre stage in plans to do so?

The challenges in Sajid Javid’s in-tray as health secretary

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8 July 2021

What should Sajid Javid’s priorities be as new secretary of state for health and social care? Jennifer Dixon unpicks the challenges ahead.

Mind the gaps: adult social care workforce policy during the pandemic

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17 June 2021

Has national support for adult social care staff in England during the pandemic been adequate? Lucinda Allen looks at what was missing.

The most expensive breakfast in history

Analysis
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June 2021

20 years on from the Wanless report, we look back on its origins, methodology, and impact, and highlight the learnings that can be applied to the pandemic recovery.

What have we learned from a year of NHS Test and Trace?

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3 June 2021

What’s next for NHS Test and Trace? The Health Foundation’s policy team reflect on a year of tracking its evolution.

'Levelling up' general practice in England

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General practice has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities and should be included in the government's 'levelling up' agenda. But to do so it must be properly resourced.

NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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13 May 2021

Our analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace from 1 October 2020 to 5 May 2021.

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