Responding to COVID-19 How the Health Foundation is supporting the UK's health and care system to deal with current challenges and building the evidence needed to understand longer-term implications on the nation's health

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge to health and care services, bringing intense pressure and radical change to systems, organisations and to all of us as individuals.

As a foundation with a mission to improve health and health care, we are supporting individuals and organisations across the health and social care system to deal with current challenges, but also building the evidence needed to understand longer term implications on the nation's health.

Featured content

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Surviving COVID

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Surviving COVID is a Channel 4 documentary, and series of short films, supported by the Health...

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COVID-19 impact inquiry

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This UK-wide inquiry will consider the relationship between the pandemic and people's health and...

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Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

December 2020
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A new report by the Institute of Health Equity, commissioned by the Health Foundation as part of its...

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NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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Our latest analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace (up to 24 February 2021).

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COVID-19 policy tracker 2020

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

Blogs and long reads

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A year tracking COVID-19 policy

9 February 2021
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We reflect on the insights gleaned from a year monitoring developments via our COVID-19 policy...

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Mental health and wellbeing for people receiving persistently lower pay during the pandemic

3 February 2021
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Persistent decreases in pay can affect people’s long-term mental health and wellbeing, writes Alex...

Newsletter blog

Putting health at the heart of the recovery

28 January 2021
Newsletter blog

Our Director of Health, Jo Bibby explores how we need to put improving health at the heart of our...

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Paying for the pandemic: the economic consequences of COVID-19

15 January 2021
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Matt Whittaker, expert advisor for our COVID-19 impact inquiry, looks at emerging evidence of the...

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Staff shortages left the NHS vulnerable to the COVID-19 storm

12 January 2021
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We are seeing the consequences of years of workforce planning failures, says Anita Charlesworth.

REAL Centre

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How is COVID-19 impacting people working in adult social care?

8 January 2021
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We bring together emerging evidence of the pandemic’s impact so far on a workforce that has for too...

REAL Centre

Long read

Better housing is crucial for our health and the COVID-19 recovery

About 27 mins to read

Long read

Housing problems such as overcrowding, poor quality and unaffordable homes are a threat to health....

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The COVID-19 vaccine: who gets it first?

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The COVID-19 vaccination campaign hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the pandemic. But...

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Spending Review 2020

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In the face of daunting costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, our long read looks at what a 1-year...

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Elective care in England

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Long read

This long read looks at what we know so far about the pandemic’s impact on elective care in England.

COVID-19 chart series

We'll be exploring five dimensions of impact as they unfold – from the health and care system through to people’s daily lives.

  • Direct impact of COVID-19
  • Impact on acute care
  • Non-acute care including general practice
  • The lockdown and social distancing
  • NHS and social care capacity and resilience
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Who was advised to shield from COVID-19?

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This analysis from the Networked Data Lab explores demographic variation in people advised to shield...

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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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Non-COVID-19 NHS care during the pandemic

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COVID-19 has disrupted hospital care for tens of thousands of patients. Our analysis covers activity...

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Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19

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This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during...

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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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Managing uncertainty

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Our REAL Centre analysis explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care spending,...

Press releases

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6 out of 10 people who have died from COVID-19 are disabled

11 February 2021
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Health Foundation response to Office for National Statistics data on COVID-19 related deaths by...

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Public confidence key to the continued effectiveness of the NHS COVID-19 app

10 February 2021
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Health Foundation response to analysis showing the impact of the NHS COVID-19 app.

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Health Foundation response to UK COVID-19 death toll exceeding 100,000 people

27 January 2021
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Dr Jennifer Dixon responds to data showing the death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 100,000 people...

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Young people must be at the heart of COVID-19 economic recovery plans

25 January 2021
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Health Foundation response to the government Kickstart Scheme uptake.

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ONS data provides further evidence of the unequal impact that COVID-19 is continuing to wreak

25 January 2021
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Health Foundation response to ONS data on COVID-19 related deaths by occupation in England and Wales...

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Latest figures suggest the NHS is being tested to its very limits

14 January 2021
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Health Foundation response to NHS England’s monthly performance statistics.

Letters and consultation responses

Consultation response

COVID-19: Test, track and trace

Consultation response

Our evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s inquiry on COVID-19: Test, track and...

News

Dismantling PHE in the midst of a pandemic carries serious risks

24 August 2020
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In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund say...

Consultation response

Restarting NHS services after the COVID-19 outbreak

Consultation response

A joint submission from the Health Foundation, King's Fund and Nuffield Trust to the Health...

Programmes, partnerships and funding

Newsletter feature

Health Foundation funding and opportunities in 2021

28 January 2021
Newsletter feature

Our annual sneak preview of some of the key opportunities to get involved in our grant and research...

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Emergency COVID-19 funding from the Health Foundation

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In March 2020, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in...

Newsletter feature

Impact of the Health Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 funding

30 July 2020
Newsletter feature

In March, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in response...

Partnership

NHS Reset: best practice and innovation

Partnership

A partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network exploring how to sustain and spread...

Project

Analytical collaboration for COVID-19

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Working in collaboration with Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund, the Strategy Unit and Imperial...

Research project

Narrative accounts of primary care practitioners in a time of COVID-19

Research project

A research collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Aberdeen,...

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