The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK.
We are here to support people working in healthcare practice and policy to make lasting improvements to health services.
We carry out research and in-depth policy analysis, run improvement programmes to put ideas into practice in the NHS, support and develop leaders and share evidence to encourage wider change.
We want the UK to have a healthcare system of the highest possible quality – safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable.
Our work is focused around two priority areas:
Our goal is a healthcare system where patients always receive safe and reliable care. We promote an active approach to identifying potential risk while helping to improve monitoring and measuring and create a culture in which safety concerns are freely and openly discussed.
An example of our work on patient safety is our Safer Clinical Systems programme, which is helping health professionals identify the root causes of risk using ideas borrowed from safety-critical industries.
We want a more person-centred healthcare system. One that supports people to make informed decisions about and successfully manage their own health and care, including choosing when to let others act on our behalf. We want healthcare services to deliver care responsive to people’s individual abilities, preferences, lifestyles and goals.
This requires a change in behaviour and mindset from patients and clinicians, supported by a system that puts patients at its heart. We are working with patients, professionals, and healthcare providers so that people have a better healthcare experience and better health. Over the coming year we will be building recognition and understanding of what a person-centred NHS looks like and sharing evidence and practical tools to enable us to support wider change.