Closing the gap: key areas for action on the health and care workforce

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England, with workforce shortages already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience.

Our new report, produced with The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust, sets out a series of policy actions that should be at the heart of the workforce implementation plan.

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Failing to capitalise: Capital spending in the NHS

The capital budget of the Department of Health and Social Care is used to finance long-term spending in the NHS, such as new buildings, equipment and technology. Capital spending is a critical input in health care. But the UK currently has very low levels of capital spending by international standards, putting patient care and staff productivity at risk.

Our new explainer video explores what capital spending is, what we’re currently spending and what this means for the future. Watch the video now

Read our analysis in full

Young people’s suggestions for the assets needed in the transition to adulthood: Mapping the research evidence

This literature review from our Young people’s future health inquiry, looks at whether attention has been paid to the transition young people make to adulthood compared with the experiences during teenage years.

Read the literature review

Watch: what makes us healthy? 

To understand what makes us healthy, we need to look at the bigger picture. Our new animation explores the wider factors that shape our health, including the places where live, the work we do and the family, friends and communities we have around us. 

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Squeezed budgets, leaky roofs and rationing

Squeezed capital budgets in the NHS mean less money for long-term investment in new buildings, equipment and IT. We funded research to explore what impact this is having on NHS trusts and the services they provide.

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A welcome sweetener? 

A new levy on sugary drinks was introduced last year. But can it change attitudes and behaviours? And how effective do people think it will be? We're funding research to explore these questions. Here's what we've found out so far.

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International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2019

If you are attending International Forum on 27-29 March 2019 in Glasgow, please come and see us at stand 18 where you can pick up copies of our publications. Health Foundation staff, alumni and grant holders will be presenting and sessions and posters throughout the conference. 

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Insight Research Programme 2019 – opening soon for applications

Our Insight Research Programme 2019 is a researcher-led open call supporting original research on informatics in health and care services. We are inviting proposals for research that advances the collection and use of data within national clinical audits and patient registries to improve health care quality in the UK. 

We have £1.6 million available for projects completed over three years. Applications open on 2 April 2019.

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THIS Institute post-doctoral fellowship programme is now open for applications

THIS Institute’s multidisciplinary post-doctoral fellowship programme is an opportunity for early-career researchers to lead an extended period of study that can support improvement in health care. Applications should seek to generate systematic knowledge about: 

  • what works and why in approaches and interventions aimed at improving quality and safety in healthcare
  • challenges related to standardisation, harmonisation, replication and scaling of healthcare improvement efforts
  • methods and theory used to study improvement in healthcare.

The deadline for applications is 14 May 2019.

Find out how to apply


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