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A whole-government approach to improving health

Briefing
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October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

Health and social care funding projections 2021

Report
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October 2021

The REAL Centre sets out projections of the funding the NHS and social care system in England may need, along with workforce requirements, over the next 10 years. 

Directors of public health and the COVID-19 pandemic

Report
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September 2021

Supported by the Health Foundation, the King’s Fund undertook a project to explore the local response to and recovery from COVID-19.

Health and social care funding to 2024/25

Analysis
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September 2021

New analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre sets out the scale of the challenge facing government if it wants to clear the backlog in NHS care over the course of this parliament and return h...

The future of the NHS hospital payment system in England

Briefing
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July 2021

The whole health service needs to recover well from COVID-19 and transform to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic environment. This briefing, produced with Frontier Economics, considers these cha...

The government’s levelling up agenda

Briefing
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July 2021

What does ‘levelling up’ mean, and why should health be centre stage in plans to do so?

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery

Research report
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July 2021

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

Switched on

Research report
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June 2021

Analysis exploring the opportunities for automation and AI in health care and the challenges of deploying them in practice.

The most expensive breakfast in history

Analysis
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June 2021

20 years on from the Wanless report, we look back on its origins, methodology, and impact, and highlight the learnings that can be applied to the pandemic recovery.

Adult social care and COVID-19 after the first wave: assessing the policy response in England

Briefing
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May 2021

Our analysis of the national government policy response for social care after the first wave of the pandemic.

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