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We regularly publish insights and analysis relating to policy and performance in health and social care in the UK, as well as comparisons with other international health systems.

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Tackling the inverse care law

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January 2022

Without deliberate policy action, inequities in the availability of high-quality general practice in England are likely to continue growing, holding back efforts to 'level up' the country.

How better use of data can help address key challenges facing the NHS

Long read
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Exploring the longstanding barriers to widespread use of data and data science in the NHS in England, and possible approaches to realise their full potential.

Our ageing population

Report
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December 2021

This report explores the complex relationship between age, health and social care need, and how this is changing. Understanding this dynamic is crucial as likely trends in demand will influence future...

Which is most important for good mental health: paid work, avoiding poverty or money itself?

Blog
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17 November 2021

Researchers from the University of Glasgow use longitudinal data to study the relationship between changes in employment, income, poverty and mental health.

Nurses’ pay over the long term: what next?

Report
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November 2021

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

Have integrated care programmes reduced emergency admissions?

Long read
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Evidence on the short- and long-term effect of integrated care programmes on emergency hospital use to inform the national roll-out of Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

Going green: what do the public think about the NHS and climate change?

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What do the public think about climate change, health and the NHS net zero ambition, and why does this matter? Genevieve Cameron, Anya Gopfert and Tim Gardner present findings from our latest polling.

Health priorities for Spending Review 2021

Infographic
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15 October 2021

We highlight four priority areas that the Spending Review 2021 must invest in to address the pandemic's legacy and build resilence in health and social care.

A whole-government approach to improving health

Briefing
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October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

Five tests for levelling up health

Blog
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12 October 2021

Expectations around the imminent levelling up white paper are high. But will it truly seize the opportunity to level up health? Here are our five tests to assess the white paper's level of commitment.

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