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What should be done to fix the crisis in social care?

Adult social care in England needs fixing – and has done for decades. Increasing numbers of people are unable to access social care and care providers are at risk of collapse. In this long read we outline five priorities for government, based on our assessment of the evidence and analysis of the costs of reform.

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Where does the 2019 Spending Round leave health and social care, and the nation’s health prospects?

Earlier this month the Chancellor stated that the 2019 Spending Round 'turned the page on austerity', with an overall, real-terms increase in departmental spending of 4.1%. But with investment in the services and infrastructure needed for people to lead healthy lives at rock bottom, the question is whether the new spending is enough – and in the right places.

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Creating healthy lives

The health of the population is one of any nation's greatest assets. Yet our new analysis shows that there has been a significant shift in expenditure across government – moving from spending on the services and infrastructure that help people stay healthy, towards addressing problems that could be avoided in the first place.

This short-term approach is storing up significant problems for the future and runs the risk of widening inequalities in people’s health. In Creating healthy lives we outline five big shifts needed for an ambitious, whole-government approach to long-term investment in the nation’s health.

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New AI laboratory for the NHS

Last month the government announced a new AI lab for the NHS. Adam Steventon, Sarah Deeny, Josh Keith and Arne Wolters explore how we can ensure the lab fulfils its potential to improve care for patients & drive efficiency. 

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Open for applications: Sciana: The Health Leaders Network

We are looking for outstanding senior leaders in health and health care policy and innovation to join the fourth cohort of Sciana: The Health Leaders Network. The Sciana network provides the space and time to share learning and take inspiration from an international context. Each cohort comprises 18 senior leaders from across Europe, with six members from the UK. Applications close on Monday 30 September. 

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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.

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Q Exchange shortlist announced

The Q Community have announced the 30 projects shortlisted to receive up to £30,000 funding through the collaborative Q Exchange programme. Help the projects improve by browsing, commenting and sharing your expertise!

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