Funding and sustainability We carry out research and analysis on health and care finances to promote effective policymaking


The sustainability of the NHS and social care system is likely to become an even bigger issue in coming years, in the face of funding constraints, increasing demand, workforce shortages and wide variation in the quality and productivity of care. Our work on NHS finances is designed to help the health and care service to navigate these difficult times.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

The best road to improving our health system is to invest in the model we have

Press release
27 April 2022

Health Foundation response to Civitas International Health Care Outcomes Index 2022.

Yorkshire, Midlands and North East MPs urged to protect constituents from crippling care costs in key parliamentary vote

Press release
22 April 2022

The Health Foundation and the King's Fund urge Yorkshire, Midlands and North East MPs to protect constituents from crippling care costs in key parliamentary vote.

Spring Statement 2022: What does rising inflation mean for health and social care?

30 March 2022

With the public finances squeezed by higher inflation, we look at what the Spring Statement could mean for health and social care funding pressures.

NHS staff survey signals urgent need for a workforce strategy

Press release
30 March 2022

The Health Foundation's response to the 2021 NHS Staff Survey results.

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

Press release
7 March 2022

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

The Care Act amendment: who is set to lose out?

25 February 2022

Charles Tallack sets out what the proposed amendment to the social care cap will really mean for people needing care.

How can we think long term when the issues facing the health service are so urgent?

9 February 2022

Toby Watt rounds up the REAL Centre’s current work to reflect on how best to strike the balance between crisis management and long-term planning for the NHS and social care.

Health Foundation highlights need for a credible and realistic strategy to bring NHS waiting lists down

Press release
9 December 2021

Our response to the publication of NHS England and Improvement's monthly performance statistics. 

Webinar: After COP26 – what will it take to get the NHS to net zero?

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10.30-11.45

A panel discussion exploring how the NHS can achieve net zero – from an international, national and local perspective – in the context of the COP26 summit.

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Social care COVID-19 deaths highlight need for government to go further on funding and reform

Press release
2 December 2021

Health Foundation response to Office for National Statistics data on deaths in the care sector in England and Wales in 2020.

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