About the Health Foundation

We are an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK


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Who we are

Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

We make links between the knowledge we gain from working with those delivering health and health care and our research and analysis. Our aspiration is to create a virtuous circle, using what we know works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa.

We believe good health and health care are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what we learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, we aim to make a difference and contribute to a healthier population.

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How we are run

Our foundation status gives us the freedom to be independent and provide constructive challenge and fresh thinking.

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How the Health Foundation is funded

We are funded by an endowment of around £1 billion, which allows us to make significant grants to bring about better health a...

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Our people

Search through a selection of our staff, our governors and associates.

What we do

As the second largest endowed foundation in the UK focusing on health, we spend around £37 million a year on improving health and health care.

Our activities expand across four key work streams:

  • to promote healthy lives for all
  • to understand the quality of health and care
  • to support health care improvement
  • to make health and care services more sustainable.

Our strategy

We will build on our achievements of the past decade in our new, 3-year strategy. We will also use insights from our work to inform national policy on health and health care in the UK.

Download our Strategic plan 2019-2021

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Work with us

Help us bring about better health and health care for people in the UK.

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Calendar of opportunities

Find out more about our current and upcoming funding and fellowship opportunities.

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Contact us

Our office is located in Covent Garden, London, with good access to London Underground and bus routes.

Our values

  • We are independent
  • We collaborate to make a greater impact
  • We are informed by evidence and experience
  • We bring a spirit of constructive challenge and an open mind

A Living Wage Employer

The Health Foundation is an accredited living wage employer, which means every member of staff in our organisation earns not just the minimum wage but the real living wage. The living wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually based on the cost of living in the UK. We are also a living wage Friendly Funder.

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Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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