Publications

Final report from the Young people’s future health inquiry

While young people are preparing for adult life, they are also building the foundations for their future health. A healthy foundation for the future is the culmination of a two-year project, exploring the factors putting the UK’s 12-24 year-olds at risk of ill-health later in life, and what needs to change to secure a healthy society.

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A descriptive analysis of health care use by high cost, high need patients in England

This paper explores for the first time the distribution of both primary and secondary health care costs in England, including GP-prescribed drug cost. Identifying high-cost, high-need patients and examining the way in which they use health care services might help to design initiatives to reduce costs or to improve efficiency.

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Blogs and long reads 

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

The UK spends significantly less on health care capital – which includes buildings, machinery, equipment and IT – as a share of GDP than most other comparable countries. As a result, the total value of health care capital in the UK has fallen while most other countries have seen significant increases. Our new analysis explores these trends in full and raises questions about why the UK is lagging behind, and what this could mean for staff and patients.

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Why we need to rebalance children’s services spending to invest in a healthier future

A shift in spend towards reactive children’s services means the wide-reaching benefits of prevention are being lost, argues Nadya Mihaylova.

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A health index for England: opportunities and challenges

The government’s prevention green paper proposes a new health index for England. We explore how a national measure of health might work and what it could include, as well as some of the problems. We also reflect on how it could be used to drive government decision making and make the nation’s health a core measure of success.

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Harnessing data and technology for public health: five challenges

Technology and data have revolutionised so many areas of our lives. What can they do for public health and prevention? We set out five challenges that the government needs to address if it is to harness their full potential, and offer a suggestion to help address each.

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Funding

Harkness fellowships open for applications 

The Commonwealth Fund's Harkness Fellowships 2020-2021 in Health Care Policy and Practice provide a unique opportunity for health services researchers and practitioners to spend up to 12 months in the United States, conducting original research and working with health policy experts. Deadline for applications is Monday 11 November 2019. 

More information on how to apply

Events

Q Event Livestream: Hear from improvement experts

Register to watch the livestream sessions and join in conversations from the UK-wide Q community event on Wednesday 13 November 2019. 

This event brings together Q members from across the UK to learn, share and collaborate on a range of health care improvement topics. We’ll be livestreaming sessions taking place throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners of the Q Exchange funding programme. 

Register for the livestream

 

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Introducing the Networked Data Lab

We are seeking partners to join our new investment to accelerate the use of data to improve health and health care.

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Advancing analytical capability

Neil Pettinger led the evaluation of the first round of the Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme. 

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Evaluating digital first primary care – the challenges ahead

Arne discusses how the increasing use of technology in health care brings new challenges for evaluators.

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