COVID-19 impact inquiry evidence library A collaborative resource to showcase submissions from the COVID-19 impact inquiry's Call for evidence.  

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Our COVID-19 impact inquiry gathered evidence from a wide range of sources across the UK to consider how experiences of the pandemic have been influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities.  

In November 2020, we launched a Call for evidence to capture a diverse range of data and perspectives. Here, we showcase the submissions that helped to shape our final report as well as evidence that was identified as part of our qualitative review.

About the evidence

The evidence has been organised across a number of themes with tags to indicate which groups the evidence primarily refers to. Some files are reports that have been published on organisations' own website, others are not published or had not been published at the time of submission and generate a document download (this may vary depending on your browser's settings). 

All evidence relates to the first wave of the pandemic. Findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Health Foundation. We would like to thank everyone who submitted evidence including those that have not been published below. If you have any questions, please email COVID-19impactinquiry@health.org.uk. New evidence will not be published to this library beyond August 2021.

How to search this page

We recommend using your browser's search function to find relevant tags or keywords on this page. Click on the titles to expand the boxes below, then press the Ctrl and F key at the same time to bring up a search box (on Mac you will need to use Command + F, on mobile phones the 'find on page' option can usually be found in the menus).

The pandemic's impact on people’s access to physical and mental health services

This section contains evidence that explores how the pandemic has affected people’s access to physical and mental health services.  For example, experiences of accessing health care, barriers and opportunities presented by digital health services and the impact on treatment for certain conditions and communities.  

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership
General population
British Red Cross
General population
East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
Key workers
Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales
Women
Public Health Wales
General population
School of Public Health, Imperial College London
General population
University College London
Key workers

The pandemic's impact on access to public services and other care services

This section contains evidence that explores the pandemic's impact on access to public services and other care services, including barriers in access to services, experiences of delivering care services and good practice adaptations to delivering care in difficult circumstances. 

How the pandemic has affected communities across the UK

This section contains evidence that explores the impact of the pandemic on communities including how families, community groups and services, and digital exclusion have all been affected. 

The unequal impact of the pandemic on certain groups

This section contains evidence that explores the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on certain groups including people from ethnic minority communities, prisoners, those shielding, migrants, carers, women, young people and older people.  

National Voices
Shielding population Vulnerable people
British Red Cross
Ethnic minority communities Vulnerable people
Camden and Islington Public Health
Vulnerable people
Independent Advisory Panel on Prison Deaths (IAP)
Prison population

Food insecurity during the pandemic

This section contains evidence that explores food insecurity during the pandemic. 

The implications of the pandemic for different places in the UK

This section contains evidence that explores the implications of the pandemic for different places in the UK including the effect on transport and health inequalities in Bradford, Leeds and Tower Hamlets. 

Bradford Council
General population
Hackney Council Public Health Intelligence Team
General population
Health Partnerships Team, Leeds City Council
General population
Healthwatch Camden
General population
Healthwatch Tower Hamlets
General population

The consequences of the pandemic for people’s mental health and wellbeing

This section contains evidence that explores the consequences of the pandemic for people’s mental health and wellbeing including the mental health outcomes of certain groups as well as the impact on loneliness, worry and perceptions of risk.

British Red Cross
General population
Carers Trust
Carers
Independent Age
Older people
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Key workers
Lancashire LGBT
LGBTQ+ people
McPin Foundation
General population
Patient Experience Research Centre, Imperial College London
General population

The opportunities in recovery from the pandemic

This section contains evidence that explores opportunities for recovery – a recovery that improves health as well as the economy.  

How the pandemic has affected people with underlying health conditions

This section contains evidence that explores how the pandemic has affected people with underlying health conditions including the impact on their health, wellbeing and day-to-day life. 

The effect of the pandemic on people’s physical health

This section contains evidence that explores the impact of the pandemic on people’s physical health including COVID-19's direct impact on health and mortality, and the impact of lockdown on physical health.  

Manchester City Council
Carers General population Older people Shielding population Young people
Royal College of Physicians
General population
Sheffield Hallam University & Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
General population
West Midlands Covid-19 BAME Evidence Gathering Taskforce
Ethnic minority communities

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