Responding to COVID-19 How the Health Foundation is supporting the UK's health and care system to deal with current challenges and building the evidence needed to understand longer-term implications on the nation's health

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge to health and care services, bringing intense pressure and radical change to systems, organisations and to all of us as individuals.

As a foundation with a mission to improve health and health care, we are supporting individuals and organisations across the health and social care system to deal with current challenges, but also building the evidence needed to understand longer term implications on the nation's health.

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Surviving COVID

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Surviving COVID is a Channel 4 documentary, and series of short films, supported by the Health...

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Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

December 2020
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A new report by the Institute of Health Equity, commissioned by the Health Foundation as part of its...

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COVID-19 impact inquiry

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This UK-wide inquiry will consider the relationship between the pandemic and people's health and...

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NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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Our latest analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace (up to 30 December).

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COVID-19 policy tracker

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A timeline to 7 December 2020 of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England.

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Surviving COVID: Behind each statistic lies a human story

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In this video, individuals and their families who have directly experienced the severe effects of...

Blogs and long reads

Newsletter blog

The two worlds of COVID-19

18 December 2020
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The pandemic has increasingly divided people into two worlds: those with direct experience of...

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How can we share data across sectors to help shape our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?

19 November 2020
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The chief executive of NPC describes their innovative work creating a COVID-19 data dashboard, to...

Newsletter blog

Using research to prepare for a post-pandemic world

29 October 2020
Newsletter blog

How the long-term research agenda needs to incorporate important questions about COVID-19 and the...

Blog

Building back better by focusing on health

7 October 2020
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Emma Spencelayh explores the critical role councils play in ensuring the economic recovery also...

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‘Levelling up’ just got much harder

5 October 2020
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A look at the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry: a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on money and resources

17 September 2020
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Frank Soodeen from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the impact of the pandemic on household...

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The COVID-19 vaccine: who gets it first?

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The COVID-19 vaccination campaign hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the pandemic. But...

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Spending Review 2020

About 22 mins to read

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In the face of daunting costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, our long read looks at what a 1-year...

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Elective care in England

About 14 mins to read

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This long read looks at what we know so far about the pandemic’s impact on elective care in England.

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Inequalities in health care for people with depression and/or anxiety

About 12 mins to read

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People with depression and/or anxiety are more likely to have additional long-term conditions if...

COVID-19 chart series

We'll be exploring five dimensions of impact as they unfold – from the health and care system through to people’s daily lives.

  • Direct impact of COVID-19
  • Impact on acute care
  • Non-acute care including general practice
  • The lockdown and social distancing
  • NHS and social care capacity and resilience
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Non-COVID-19 NHS care during the pandemic

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COVID-19 has disrupted hospital care for tens of thousands of patients. Our analysis covers activity...

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Understanding the needs of those most clinically vulnerable to COVID-19

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This analysis from the Networked Data Lab examines the evidence about those asked to shield during...

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Deprivation and excess deaths

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Our new analysis shows the size of the challenge for the government and broader public sector in...

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Managing uncertainty

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Our REAL Centre analysis explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care spending,...

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Did hospital capacity affect mortality during the pandemic’s first wave?

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Coming into the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK had high levels of bed occupancy in hospitals and very...

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Use of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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There have been dramatic shifts in primary care activities and outcomes in response to the COVID-19...

Press releases

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Government must put health at heart of nation’s pandemic recovery

15 December 2020
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The Health Foundation responds to the launch of Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review

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NAO voices reservations about NHS test and trace system

11 December 2020
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Health Foundation response to the National Audit Office's report on the NHS Test and Trace system.

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Over 160,000 people now waiting longer than a year for routine hospital treatment

10 December 2020
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Health Foundation response to NHS England’s monthly performance statistics.

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Tracing positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts less successful in more deprived areas, new analysis reveals

5 December 2020
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New Health Foundation analysis reveals that tracing positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts is...

News

Surviving COVID documentary airs on Channel 4

2 December 2020
News

When the first surge of the virus hit the UK in March 2020, the Health Foundation decided to...

Press release

New analysis reveals daunting scale of financial challenge facing health and care post-COVID

24 November 2020
Press release

The Health Foundation's analysis reveals the scale of funding increases needed to meet the demands...

Letters and consultation responses

News

Dismantling PHE in the midst of a pandemic carries serious risks

24 August 2020
News

In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund say...

Consultation response

Restarting NHS services after the COVID-19 outbreak

Consultation response

A joint submission from the Health Foundation, King's Fund and Nuffield Trust to the Health...

Press release

Restarting health and care services will take many months, leading charities warn

14 May 2020
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The Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust identify five immediate challenges that...

Programmes, partnerships and funding

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COVID-19 Research Programme

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The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of...

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Emergency COVID-19 funding from the Health Foundation

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In March 2020, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in...

Newsletter feature

Impact of the Health Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 funding

30 July 2020
Newsletter feature

In March, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in response...

Partnership

NHS Reset: best practice and innovation

Partnership

A partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network exploring how to sustain and spread...

Project

Analytical collaboration for COVID-19

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Working in collaboration with Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund, the Strategy Unit and Imperial...

Research project

Narrative accounts of primary care practitioners in a time of COVID-19

Research project

A research collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Aberdeen,...

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