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.

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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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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 latest analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace (up to 14 April 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

Newsletter blog

How will the public mood shape care after the pandemic?

29 April 2021
Newsletter blog

Tim Gardner discusses the results from recent public polling explored during a webinar co-hosted...

Newsletter blog

After the fire: regrowth and regeneration

29 April 2021
Newsletter blog

'With the right conditions, like the forest after a fire, the health and care sector will be able to...

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The unequal mental health toll of the pandemic

28 April 2021
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The pandemic has taught us the importance of putting lived experience expertise at the heart of...

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Reconditioning the benefits system for a stronger COVID-19 recovery

20 April 2021
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How can the benefits system support the nation’s health? Research into Universal Credit uptake...

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Gender divide: a post-COVID recovery must address pandemic inequalities

7 April 2021
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Mehrunisha Suleman outlines the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women, and what must be done...

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What might long COVID mean for the nation’s health?

1 April 2021
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The COVID-19 impact inquiry team summarise emerging evidence on the effects of long COVID for...

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...

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How can policymakers plan better for the long term?

About 15 mins to read

Long read

COVID-19 has illustrated why policymakers must prepare better for uncertainty. This long read...

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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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...

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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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How has hospital use among those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 been impacted by the pandemic?

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Using secondary care data linked to the shielded patient list, this analysis explores the pandemic's...

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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

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Latest data highlights a growing mental health crisis in the UK

5 May 2021
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Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, responds to the latest ONS data release on...

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Over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor mental health this year due to unemployment

16 April 2021
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New analysis by the Health Foundation estimates that over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor...

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Significant investment needed as waiting list for routine hospital care continues to grow

15 April 2021
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Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England’s monthly performance statistics in...

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Vital that government grasps the scale of the public health challenge ahead

24 March 2021
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Health Foundation response to Health and Social Care Secretary's announcement of a new UK Health...

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1.5 million potential years of life lost to COVID-19 in the UK, with each life cut short by 10 years on average

23 March 2021
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New analysis from the Health Foundation reveals the ‘devastating’ scale of loss in the pandemic,...

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Poll reveals positive experience of NHS tech during COVID, but public not yet sold on future use

16 March 2021
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New Health Foundation research highlights the need for technology implemented during the pandemic to...

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
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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

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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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