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BMJ Research Forum 2023 – discounted tickets

The Health Foundation is supporting the BMJ Research Forum this year, taking place on 13 and 14 December 2023 at BMA House, London. We’ve negotiated a 30% discount off tickets for the people we work with, who would like to attend the event. You can register by following this link, selecting 'Health Foundation – Strategic Partner' as your attendee type and entering the code 'Impact23'. 

Find out more about the event and our sessions here

Current opportunities

Invitation to tender: Research partner for investor action

We are looking for a research partner to review the evidence on mechanisms to influence investor action and support good health. Apply by 13.00 on 8 December 2023

Improving health and reducing inequalities in Scotland: Steering group call for expressions of interest

We are seeking people with an interest, expertise and/or experience in improving health and reducing inequalities to be part of our steering group for a new programme of work in Scotland. Apply by midday, Wednesday 10 January 2024

The MJ Achievement Awards 2024

The Health Foundation has designed and sponsored an award for The MJ Achievement Awards 2024: ‘A whole-team approach to tackling health inequalities’. The award invites entries from local authorities taking innovative approaches to improve health and reduce inequalities. Apply by 26 January 2024

Activate your improvement leadership

Learning and Improving Across Systems is a new peer learning programme from the Health Foundation, NHS Confederation and the Q community. Access peer support, coaching, and tailored resources to support practical implementation of improvement across health and care systems. 

Find out more and apply here


Could secondary school ‘food havens’ help improve food security?

Ann Hagell, Research Lead at the Association for Young People’s Health, highlights efforts to improve food security among young people in Newham, funded through a Shaping Places for Healthier Lives award. Read here

Why a bold, new approach is needed for healthier working lives

This blog sets out why a new Commission for Healthier Working Lives is needed. Read here

What more can the Chancellor do to create a healthier workforce?

Long-term health conditions affect labour market activity rates differently across the UK. Dave Finch explores what can be done to support people with ill health who are in and out of work. Read here

Publications and long reads

Briefing: Improvement as mainstream business

This briefing provides an overview of improvement activity and considers what's needed to overcome the barriers to embedding improvement approaches in all health care settings. Read here

A guide to making the case for improvement

This guide describes a broad range of well-evidenced benefits that improvement approaches can deliver in key strategic and operational areas. Read here

Nine major challenges facing health and care in England

Produced in partnership with Nesta, this long read highlights nine trends that represent some of the major challenges for health and care in England. Read here

Can you tell we care?: Identifying unpaid carers using local authority and GP records

The millions of unpaid carers in the UK need support to perform their roles and protect their health and wellbeing. This Networked Data Lab study looks at how local authority and GP records can be used to help identify, and therefore support, unpaid carers. Read here

Measuring continuity of care in general practice

Continuity of care is associated with positive outcomes for patients, GPs and the wider health system. This long read analyses different ways to measure such continuity in order to help improve it. Read here

What do technology and AI mean for the future of work in health care?

This long read explores the potential impact of technology and AI on health care and provides a framework for assessing how roles might be affected. Read here

Green surgery: Reducing the environmental impact of surgical care

This report from the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, funded by the Health Foundation, presents the first detailed account of how to reduce the environmental impact of surgical care while maintaining high quality patient care and potentially saving the NHS money. Read here

What we know about the UK’s working-age health challenge

In this long read we set out the major trends in workforce health and examine the inequalities between people, sectors and places. Read here

How debt can affect health during the cost-of-living crisis

Anna Gazzillo looks at how falling back on or struggling to cope with debt during the cost-of-living crisis can pose a risk to people’s health – and how government can support future financial resilience. Read here

Improving health and care at scale: learning from the experience of systems

This report, written and researched by Sir Chris Ham and jointly commissioned by the NHS Confederation, the Health Foundation and the Q community, reviews the experience of a number of ICSs identified as being at the forefront of improvement, focusing on the approaches they have taken and the results achieved. Read here

Exploring public attitudes towards the use of digital health technologies and data

Understanding how the public feels about digital health technologies and data use is crucial to their successful rollout to improve health care quality and efficiency. Read here


Keeping up with AI in health care: what we need to do next

Episode 38 of the Health Foundation podcast explores what it will take to realise the benefits of AI in health care. Jennifer Dixon is joined on location by expert guests to discuss. Listen now


NHS waiting list to peak at more than 8 million by summer 2024

New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that, if current trends continue, the waiting list for routine hospital treatment (‘elective care’) in England could rise to over 8 million by next summer, regardless of whether NHS industrial action continues. Read here

NHS heading for perfect storm as winter approaches

Health Foundation response to the latest NHS performance statistics. Read here

Health Foundation response to NAO report on adult social care

Health Foundation response to the publication of Reforming adult social care in England by the National Audit Office. Read here

Millions of workers with ill health at risk of being left behind without more action to support working age health

New analysis by the Health Foundation reveals that 3.7 million people (12% of the working population) are currently in work and reporting a ‘work-limiting’ health condition that restricts the type or amount of work they can do. Read here

Shared commitment to public involvement in health and social care research

The Health Foundation has signed a shared commitment to improve public involvement in health and social care research. Read here

The Health Foundation responds to the Autumn Statement 2023

The measures announced by Autumn Statement 2023 to help people with long-term health conditions are a step in the right direction, but these are mostly small-scale and will have limited impact on employment rates. Read here

NHS must protect and build public’s trust in its ability to safely handle health data, report argues

Good health data, used well, can deliver real benefits for patients – improving the quality of care, reducing waiting lists, and tackling inequalities between social groups. Read here

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