Long reads and data analysis Read the latest long reads and data analysis from the Health Foundation on health care improvement, sustainability, health policy, data analytics and population health

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Waiting for NHS hospital care: the role of the independent sector

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New analysis explores the role of independent sector health care providers in delivering NHS-funded elective care in England between April 2018 and March 2022.

Integrated care systems: what do they look like?

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An analysis of publicly available data about the characteristics of ICSs, the contexts and challenges facing each area, and possible implications for national policy.

Where next for NHS nurses' pay?

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This analysis looks at the impact of high inflation and other factors affecting nurse pay, and considers how the current approach to pay determination could be improved.

How can the UK COVID-19 Inquiry bring about meaningful change?

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Government has published the draft terms of reference for the UK COVID-19 Inquiry. But how can the inquiry be supported to deliver a robust and timely set of findings?

Building public understanding of health and health inequalities

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Exploring public attitudes towards health and health inequalities, and how public health professionals can communicate to improve understanding of evidence.

Public perceptions of the NHS and social care: performance, policy and expectations

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Launching a new public polling programme with Ipsos, this long read sets out public views of health and care.

How better use of data can help address key challenges facing the NHS

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Exploring the longstanding barriers to widespread use of data and data science in the NHS in England, and possible approaches to realise their full potential.

Debt and health

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Government action in 2020/21 eased financial pressures for many. But with those on low incomes and in poor health more likely to experience increases in debt, a debt hangover could yet emerge.

What has happened to non-COVID mortality during the pandemic?

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Mortality across a host of non-COVID causes has changed, sometimes dramatically, during the past year and a half. This analysis explores what could lie behind these differences.

Caring for older patients with complex needs

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

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