Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

Since 2011 improvements in life expectancy in the UK have stalled, and for certain groups of the population, gone into reverse. This report presents new analysis of mortality data, exploring what has happened, who is affected and what is driving current trends.

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The measurement maze 

This briefing takes a snapshot of national quality measures in three clinical areas with differing levels of national scrutiny – breast cancer, children and young people’s mental health (CYMPH), and renal care.  

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'Hospital mergers increase death and harm'? Not so fast…

In February 2019 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a working paper on the impact of hospital competition on rates of patient harm in the English NHS. In this working paper, we examine the central conclusion of the CMA paper – that the research provides ‘further empirical evidence that competition ultimately benefits patients’ – finding that this cannot be substantiated from the analysis.

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Advancing Applied Analytics programme open for applications

Our Advancing Applied Analytics programme is aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services. We have £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams across the UK over 15 months. The programme is now open for applications and the closing date is 13 January 2020.

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The Networked Data Lab

The Networked Data Lab will provide national and local health system leaders with insights from data to take action in order to improve the UK’s health and care. It will also help create an active community of data analysts working together on shared challenges, and will promote the use of analytics in improving health and social care. We’re looking for three local data teams to partner with us, with an initial investment of up to £400,000 per site over two years. We are accepting expressions of interest from local data teams until 13 December.

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