Which is most important for good mental health: paid work, avoiding poverty or money itself? 

Researchers from the University of Glasgow use longitudinal data to study the relationship between changes in employment, income, poverty and mental health. Read the blog

An anchor approach to sustainability 

Drawing on findings from the Health Anchors Learning Network, Jenna Collins explores how the NHS can help combat climate change through its role as an anchor institution. Read the blog

A healthy economy needs healthy people 

Andrew Goddard, president of the RCP, sets out the importance of cross-government working to put people and health before profit. Read the blog

Introducing Economies for Healthier Lives 

How will our four projects, led by partners in Glasgow, Havant, Leeds and Liverpool, deliver place-based improvements to the economy and local people’s health? Read the blog

If it takes a village to raise a child, why aren’t we doing more to support parents? 

We look at the socioeconomic inequalities that can disproportionately affect families from minority ethnic backgrounds, and the recent government announcements. Read the blog

Long reads

Caring for older patients with complex needs 

How does the NHS in England compare with health care systems in 11 OECD countries? Find out more

Have integrated care programmes reduced emergency hospital use? 

New analysis from the Improvement Analytics Unit, following long-term evaluations of three integrated care programmes, shows a mixed picture of their impact on emergency hospital use. Find out more


Nurses’ pay over the long term: what next? 

We examine long-term trends in UK nurses' pay and ask whether the system for deciding nurses’ pay remains fit for purpose. Read the report

COVID-19 and the prison population 

Produced as part of the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry, this paper explores how prisons experienced the first year of the pandemic. Read the paper

The impact of COVID-19 on those asked to shield  

A new Networked Data Lab briefing reveals the devastating and lasting impact of COVID-19 on the more than 4 million people asked to shield. It shows significant unmet health need and worsening mental health among this group. Read the briefing


Rapid evaluation in health care 2022: book your place

Join us at the Rapid evaluation in health care conference 2022. This free event, organised by the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust in collaboration with RSET and BRACE, will take place virtually on 25–26 January. It will look beyond the pandemic and think about the role of evaluation in the health service’s recovery. Book your place

Webinar: After COP26 – what will it take to get the NHS to net zero? 

Join us on Wednesday 8 December from 10.30–11.45. We bring together an expert panel to reflect on the outcome of COP26, the challenges and opportunities this presents for decarbonising health care and what this means for the NHS. Book your place 

What makes us healthy? New insights from the UKPRP on improving health through primary prevention 

This autumn, the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) are delivering a series of webinars to share some of the emerging findings from the work of four consortia funded by the partnership. The series explores what their learning on the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) so far might mean for population health as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sign up for the final webinar in the series: Making healthy decisions on urban development and planning. Or catch up with the recordings of the first two webinars: Health in early years – how can we improve opportunities to live a healthy life? and Systems science in public health: turning thought into action.


New THIS Institute Fellowship: Green and sustainable health care 

How will the NHS achieve net zero health services by 2045? THIS Institute is looking for talented researchers from diverse backgrounds including applied health research, ecology, behaviour change, systems, building design and beyond, to apply for a fellowship to lead improvement research with a focus on environmentally sustainable health care. Applications close 12 noon, 15 December 2021. Find out more


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