Healthier lives: our plans for 2017

Twelve months ago, the Health Foundation set out to explore our contribution to enabling everyone in the UK to live a healthy life. Starting with an international seminar in Salzburg, the year unfo...


Jo Bibby

Do we have more data than insight?

Calls for new ways to use information to support better health services are fairly common. However, much less attention is paid to the skilled analysts who can make sense of the data being produced...


Martin Bardsley

Still doing the system’s business

Twelve years ago I received a phone call. I was working for a national body responsible for investigating concerns about serious care failures. The caller suspected that people with learning disabi...


John Illingworth

How do we solve a problem like the weekend effect?

Much has already been said and written about the weekend effect, particularly in the context of a rather polarised debate about the merits of seven day working in the NHS. At times it has felt that...


The importance of empathy

‘We talk about the federal deficit, but we don’t talk enough about the empathy deficit’ said Barack Obama when he was running for President eight years ago. He was lamenting the decline in compassi...


Tim Horton

Evaluation - has it all gone Pete Tong?

Relish isn't quite the word when watching 'Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics' on a night out the other week – I was totally absorbed. What struck me was how he was also absorbed, even after 30 year...


Donna Buxton