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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Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity

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Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton, Anita Mehay and Will Warburton look at what is needed to put these approaches into practice.

How could the Health and Care Bill strengthen action on health inequalities?

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The NHS has an important role in narrowing health inequalities, but progress has been slow and the pandemic has shown more tangible action is needed. We explore how the Bill could be used to bolster a...

Lifelong learning and levelling up: building blocks for good health

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Why is further education critical to the government’s levelling up agenda? Our analysis explores some challenges and opportunities.

Waiting for care

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How has the suspension of routine NHS care affected people’s health and wellbeing? This analysis explores the implications using two case studies – hip replacements and diabetes.

At what level should social care costs be capped?

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In this analysis we explore three different social care cap levels, and what they would mean for people with different levels of wealth.

The whole of society will benefit from social care reform

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New analysis looks at the impact of a lifetime cap on social care costs on people with different levels of wealth and by parliamentary constituency.

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

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As leaders of the G7 gather this week, the REAL Centre team reflect on the fairest way to compare COVID-19 deaths across the G7 countries.

'Levelling up' general practice in England

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General practice has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities and should be included in the government's 'levelling up' agenda. But to do so it must be properly resourced.

Unemployment and mental health

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Analysis from our healthy lives team shows it’s vital for policymakers to act upstream in tackling unemployment and mental health together as part of the nation’s COVID-19 recovery.

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

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

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