Elaine Kelly Head of Economics Research

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Elaine Kelly joined the Health Foundation in October 2018 as Head of Economics Research.

Elaine worked for the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) for seven years, after completing her PhD. She worked on a range of academic and policy-focused projects across health and health care, including Securing the Future, co-authored with the Health Foundation.

Elaine retains a part-time role at the IFS as Senior Research Economist and Deputy Director of the NIHR Social Care Workforce Policy Research Unit.

She has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc and PhD in Economics from University College London. She was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.

Related publications

Research report

Securing the future: funding health and social care to the 2030s

May 2018

This research looks at how much health spending would need to rise to provide the level of service...

Latest articles


How is COVID-19 changing the use of emergency care by region?

Recent NHS England data show that A&E visits in April 2020 were the lowest since records began. This...


How is COVID-19 changing the use of emergency care?

Elaine Kelly and Zoe Firth look at how activity in the emergency care sector has changed since the...

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