REAL Centre

Making health and care services more sustainable

Health and social care workforce

Workforce shortages are the biggest challenge facing the NHS and social care in England. This issue has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has exposed the dangers of running a system with significant shortages. The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre puts into context the scale of the workforce challenge, using independent evidence and research to support better long-term decision making.

About the REAL Centre

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) provides independent analysis and research to support better long-term decision making in health and social care.

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Report

NHS workforce projections 2022

July 2022
Report

The REAL Centre sets out its projections of future NHS workforce supply and demand in England, up to...

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Analysis

Projections: General practice workforce in England

June 2022
Analysis

We summarise key findings of our analysis on workforce supply and demand in general practice in...

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The GP shortfall in numbers

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Analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre warns that without urgent, significant policy...

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Data analysis

Where next for NHS nurses' pay?

14 June 2022
Data analysis

This analysis looks at the impact of high inflation and other factors affecting nurse pay, and...

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Working paper

How many NHS workers will we need over the coming decade?

May 2022
Working paper

The latest REAL Centre working paper examines how many full-time equivalent staff the NHS in England...

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REAL Research Units

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A new programme to develop a rich evidence base which will build consensus and develop the...

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Report

Does the cap fit?

February 2022
Report

A joint IFS and Health Foundation briefing that analyses the government’s proposed amendment to the...

Report

Our ageing population

December 2021
Report

This report explores the complex relationship between age, health and social care need, and how this...

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Report

Nurses’ pay over the long term: what next?

November 2021
Report

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

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Press release

Government's proposed amendment to the Care Act would be a step in the wrong direction

7 March 2022
Press release

Our response to the House of Lords vote to reject the government’s amendment to the Care Act.

Blog

Getting REAL on future health and social care funding

22 October 2021
Blog

What’s next, and what’s needed, for health and social care funding? Elaine Kelly rounds up recent...

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Event

A radical new vision for social care

2 November 2021, 12.30
Event

In the second REAL Challenge annual lecture, Hilary Cottam explored whether this moment – as we...

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Report

Health and social care funding projections 2021

October 2021
Report

The REAL Centre sets out projections of the funding the NHS and social care system in England may...

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