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...

Research report

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

July 2021
Research report

A comprehensive review of the factors that affected the UK’s devastating COVID-19 death toll.

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COVID-19 impact inquiry

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

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Adult social care and COVID-19

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on people receiving social care, their...

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NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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

Blog

An investment in people is an investment in health

6 July 2021
Blog

The COVID-19 impact inquiry shows the extent of the pandemic’s unequal repercussions, writes Jo...

Blog

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

17 June 2021
Blog

Has national support for adult social care staff in England during the pandemic been adequate?...

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

3 June 2021
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What’s next for NHS Test and Trace? The Health Foundation’s policy team reflect on a year of...

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How are generation COVID-19 experiencing the pandemic?

27 May 2021
Blog

The COVID-19 impact inquiry team round up emerging evidence of how the pandemic has affected young...

Newsletter blog

Weathering the storm? The pandemic’s impact on young people’s wellbeing

27 May 2021
Newsletter blog

Martina Kane looks how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental health, and what society can...

Blog

Insuring against insecurity – how the pandemic has shown the need for social security reform

18 May 2021
Blog

Many people who experienced severe financial strain during the pandemic were not eligible to claim...

Data analysis

Comparing G7 countries: are excess deaths an objective measure of pandemic performance?

Data analysis

As leaders of the G7 gather this week, the REAL Centre team reflect on the fairest way to compare...

REAL Centre

Long read

Unemployment and mental health

About 18 mins to read

Long read

Analysis from our healthy lives team shows it’s vital for policymakers to act upstream in tackling...

Data analysis

One year on: Three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

Data analysis

Three charts measuring 'years of life lost' that disprove three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the...

REAL Centre

Long read

Securing a positive health care technology legacy from COVID-19

About 21 mins to read

Long read

During the pandemic, the NHS has rolled out technologies at impressive speed. But what will need...

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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How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted primary care?

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Three charts exploring regional trends in the number of primary care appointments, trends in the...

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Use of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: May 2021 update

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There have been dramatic shifts in primary care activities and outcomes in response to the COVID-19...

REAL Centre

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Longer waits, missing patients and catching up

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

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What next for the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme?

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The UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme has made an impressive start, with around 30% of the...

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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...

Press releases

Press release

Busiest month on record for A&E

8 July 2021
Press release

Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England's monthly performance statistics...

Press release

Inquiry finds working age adults in poorest areas almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19

6 July 2021
Press release

The Health Foundation calls on Government to learn the lessons from the financial crisis and invest...

Press release

Health Foundation calls for investment and innovation as waiting list hits 5m for first time ever

10 June 2021
Press release

Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England's monthly performance statistics...

Press release

Continuing to deepen understanding of long COVID and its unequal impact is crucial to protect the nation’s health

4 June 2021
Press release

COVID-19 impact inquiry response to latest ONS data on long COVID.

Press release

Government must address how racial discrimination and economic disadvantage have disproportionately impacted ethnic minority communities

26 May 2021
Press release

Health Foundation response to the latest ONS data on ethnicity and COVID-19.

Press release

Further indication that young people have been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic's economic fallout

11 May 2021
Press release

Jo Bibby, Director of Health, responds to ONS statistics on young people and employment.

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
News

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...

Article

Emergency COVID-19 funding from the Health Foundation

Article

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

Project

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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