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We’ve produced a rich range of content over the last year covering our key strategic priorities. You’d be forgiven if you’d missed a few things along the way. As we near the end of 2023, we revisit some of our highlights. From the biggest pieces of work, to our most popular podcasts and thought-provoking analysis, take a whistlestop tour through our content from the year.

Three in-depth reports

  1. Leave no one behind: the state of health and health inequalities in Scotland 
    Informed by Scottish experts, this report brings together evidence of trends in health inequalities and wider determinants of health since devolution.  
  2. Health in 2040: projected patterns of illness in England
    Produced by the Health Foundation’s Real Centre in partnership with the University of Liverpool, this report supports policymakers to prepare for the future by looking at patterns of illness over the next two decades.
  3. Stressed and overworked: what the Commonwealth Fund’s 2022 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians in 10 Countries means for the UK 
    The 2022 Commonwealth Fund survey compares perspectives from GPs across 10 high‑income countries. The survey asked GPs’ views about their working lives and wellbeing, quality of care and how services are delivered. 

Three most listened to podcasts

  1. AI in health care: hope or hype? – with John Bell and Axel Heitmueller
    We seem to be on the cusp of a revolution in how AI will change our lives – and health and care could be at the centre of those changes. But is this hype or real hope?   
  2. Our health in 2040: are we getting sicker? – with Jeanelle de Gruchy and Kevin Fenton 
    We estimate 1 in 5 will be living with major illness by 2040, mostly because people are living longer. But it's not just about age. So what can be done to improve the state of the nation’s health?   
  3. Low life expectancy in the north east, and what to do about it – with Alice Wiseman and Clare Bambra 
    In England, the north east has the lowest life expectancy. And there’s been a worrying increase in mortality among younger people, and in particular men dying early. What's going on? And what can be done about it? 

Three popular pieces of data analysis

  1. Adult social care funding pressures: estimated costs to meet growing demand and improve services in England  
    We use four scenarios to highlight the potential funding pressures in adult social care up to 2032/33. These reflect some of the key issues that need to be addressed to meet future demand and improve adult social care.   
  2. Why are delayed discharges from hospital increasing? Seeing the bigger picture 
    Limited capacity in social care is often presented as the root cause for delays in discharge from hospital. But there are also other factors, including challenges accessing other NHS services in the community and poor hospital processes. 
  3. Exploring public attitudes towards the use of digital health technologies and data 
    How does the UK public really feel about the use of health technologies and health data? We look at findings from our polling with the public on this topic and investigate what affects people’s views. 

Three events that caught your interest

  1. What will the NHS look like at 100? REAL Challenge annual lecture 
    Professor Dame Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, explored some of the key drivers of UK health care productivity and discussed what we might hope the NHS will look like when it reaches its centenary. 
  2. The future of health care is digital: what will it take for technology to finally fulfil its potential?  
    Professor Robert Wachter MD, former chair of the 2016 National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England, led a debate exploring whether we are now on the cusp of a technological revolution that could transform NHS care, and how to make this a reality.  
  3. Webinar: Building resilience – making the economic case for prevention 
    This webinar features presentations and debate from a range of guest speakers discussing why we should prioritise prevention in policymaking and outlining the future consequences of not acting now. 

Three key resources

  1. Quick guide: a guide to making the case for improvement 
    This guide describes the broad range of benefits that improvement approaches can deliver. It’s designed to help local organisation and system leaders make the case for investing in improvement approaches to achieve their delivery and performance goals.  
  2. Evidence hub: what drives health inequalities?  
    Our evidence hub holds a wealth of data, insights and analysis exploring how the circumstances in which we live shape our health, and we’ve continued to add to it throughout the year. 
  3. Net zero care: what will it take?  
    Responsible for around 4% of England’s total carbon footprint and 40% of public sector emissions, the NHS has an important role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. This long read sets out four main areas for action to support the shift to net zero care. 

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