Blogs and long reads Read the latest blogs and long reads from the Health Foundation on health care improvement, quality, sustainability and population health

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The opinions expressed by bloggers and by those commenting on blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Health Foundation. The Health Foundation is not responsible for any of the information supplied by its bloggers.

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What the quality of work means for our health

About 13 mins to read

Read about how the quantity and quality of employment has changed over the last 10 years, and the...

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NHS performance and waiting times

About 8 mins to read

We explore how the NHS in England is performing and set out priorities for the next government.

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The nation's health

About 8 mins to read

We explore worrying trends that have emerged in the UK’s health in recent years and set out...

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International comparisons of capital in health care: why is the UK falling behind?

About 11 mins to read

This long read raises questions about why the UK is lagging far behind other countries when it comes...

Recent blogs and long reads

Cummings, cognitive bias, and the NHS

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17 February 2020

Jennifer Dixon looks to Dominic Cummings’ blog and asks whether further reform of England’s largest organisation could be in the sights of the new government.

Improving health by tackling market failure

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This long read explores what market failure is, its relevance for health, and how the government might intervene to improve the population’s health.

Highlighting the health inequalities faced by young people in the UK

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14 February 2020

Ann Hagell and Rahkee Shah from the Association of Young People's Health explores inequalities faced by young people in the UK based on health-specific data for those aged 10–24.

An unlikely data pioneer: four lessons for today’s data analysts from Florence Nightingale

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10 February 2020

Hannah Knight explores Florence Nightingale’s work as a data pioneer and encourages recognition of practitioners those who deliver innovative improvements for patients.

What the quality of work means for our health

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Read about how the quantity and quality of employment has changed over the last 10 years, and the implications this has for health and public policy.

Data analytics for better health – realising the potential for all

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31 January 2020

We are broadening the scope of our work to help create a future where everyone’s health and care benefits from analytics and data-driven technology. 

What we’re up to in 2020

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31 January 2020

Our Chief Executive takes us on a whistle-stop tour of some of the Health Foundation work she’s most excited about for the coming year.

How can unnecessary outpatient appointments be reduced?

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29 January 2020

Outpatient hospital appointments have nearly doubled since 2007/08 to 120 million a year, with the proportion of unattended appointments now standing at 22%. What can be done?

Too much and not enough

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22 January 2020

Bryan Jones reflects on the implications of our recent publication and the heavy workload pressures being faced by general practice

The new government's in tray

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19 December 2019

Jennifer Dixon mulls over some of the insights we’ve gleaned in 2019 and the issues that should be in the new government’s in tray.

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