Charles Tallack Interim Director of Data Analytics

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Charles Tallack

Charles is Interim Director of Data Analytics. He joined the Health Foundation in February 2019 as Assistant Director for the REAL Centre.

Before joining the Health Foundation, Charles was head of operational research and evaluation at NHS England, where he led a multidisciplinary team of around 40 analysts. The team built a strong reputation based on their analysis and evaluations of major service changes including the New Care Models programme, Babylon GP at Hand, enhanced NHS 111 and pharmacy integration. In this role he led the innovative partnership with the Health Foundation resulting in the creation of the Improvement Analytics Unit, which undertakes high quality impact analyses based on advanced statistical and modelling techniques.

He also has experience of working regionally in the NHS, leading the analytical team in the NHS England South region when it was formed in 2013

Most of Charles’ career has been in the civil service where he worked on a diverse range of areas, and learnt the art and science of policy analysis. He started his civil service career as an operational researcher in the Department of Health (working on the national beds inquiry) and then moved to the newly formed Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit as lead policy analyst on reform of the post office, with a further stint there working on illegal drugs policy. He had a spell in HM Treasury and then moved to New Zealand where he spent four years in its Treasury working on health reform and on economic strategy.

From 2010-11 he was Chief Analyst to the Dilnot Commission, subsequently heading the Department of Health social care funding reform team and the social care analysis team.

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Waiting for NHS hospital care: the role of the independent sector

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

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REAL Centre

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Does the cap fit?

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Report

Our ageing population

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REAL Centre

Data analysis

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Spending Review 2021: what it means for health and social care

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Waiting for care

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REAL Centre

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After the pandemic: recovery and reform

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REAL Centre

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At what level should social care costs be capped?

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In this analysis we explore three different social care cap levels, and what they would mean for...

REAL Centre

Data analysis

The whole of society will benefit from social care reform

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New analysis looks at the impact of a lifetime cap on social care costs on people with different...

REAL Centre

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Comparing G7 countries: are excess deaths an objective measure of pandemic performance?

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REAL Centre

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If not now, when? The long overdue promise of social care reform

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Despite government promising to 'fix the crisis in social care once and for all', no plan to reform...

Blog

Why our perceptions of the NHS matter

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Claudia Barclay and Charles Tallack explore why countering misperceptions about the NHS is vital to...

REAL Centre

Data analysis

One year on: Three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

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Three charts measuring 'years of life lost' that disprove three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the...

REAL Centre

Blog

Sunak was silent on social care when action is needed now

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The Budget continued a pattern of minimal short-term social care funding and nothing about longer...

Chart

What next for the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme?

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The UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme has made an impressive start, with around 30% of the...

Data analysis

Social care funding gap

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Our estimates of what it would cost to stabilise and improve adult social care in England.

REAL Centre

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Huge variation in the proportion of over 80s who have had the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

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REAL Centre

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Deprivation and excess deaths

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Spending Review 2020: Managing uncertainty

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

REAL Centre

Long read

Spending Review 2020

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Analysis

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In the REAL Centre's first report, we look back at the care and treatment provided by the NHS in...

REAL Centre

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Understanding changes to mortality during the pandemic

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Understanding excess deaths: variation in the impact of COVID-19 between countries, regions and localities

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Long read

What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?

Long read

Five messages for government about priorities and options for social care reform in England.

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