Health and care policy analysis The latest publications, briefings and blogs about health and social care policy and strategy

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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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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.

If not now, when?

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10 May 2021

Despite government promising to 'fix the crisis in social care once and for all', no plan to reform the sector has yet emerged. Here we explore whether recent objections to a cap on care costs truly s...

Time for a health inequalities ‘moonshot’?

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4 May 2021

What is the value of a target-driven approach to health inequalities? We explore the possibilities and pitfalls, and seek your input on how the government can ‘level up’ health outcomes.

Longer waits, missing patients and catching up

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13 April 2021

Six charts looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consultant-led elective care.

The restructure of public health must not weaken our climate change response

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30 March 2021

How can the government ensure that the new public health system is fit to respond to the growing threat of climate change? Genevieve Cameron and Anya Göpfert reflect on what is needed.

How can policymakers plan better for the long term?

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COVID-19 has illustrated why policymakers must prepare better for uncertainty. This long read explores what long-term planning means, how it could be improved and why the recovery provides a unique op...

A year tracking COVID-19 policy

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9 February 2021

We reflect on the insights gleaned from a year monitoring developments via our COVID-19 policy tracker, as well as the shifts in public opinion over time.

NHS reform

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Given plans for significant changes to NHS structures and legislation, our long read sets out five key questions the proposals raise about the future of primary care networks in England.

COVID-19 policy tracker 2020

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22 January 2021

A timeline of the national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England in 2020.

America hurts

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21 January 2021

Dr Jennifer Dixon reviews Case and Deaton's book 'Deaths of despair' and reflects on its implications not just for our understanding of health, but the economic and social story underpinning it.

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