This can include treatment for a severe injury, period of illness, urgent medical condition, or to recover from surgery. In the NHS, it often includes services such as accident and emergency (A&E) departments, inpatient and outpatient medicine and surgery.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.


Health and care services face a perfect storm of pressures in the coming months

Press release
12 September 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England monthly performance stats for September.

Developing the foundations of applied analytics: using a collaborative approach to model ‘black days’

Improvement project

This project will implement a standard process for data-mining (CRISP-DM) and develop collaboration between senior decision-makers and analytical teams.

Retention of the clinical and ambulance workforce in English NHS hospitals

Research project

Project that will carry out research into what drives hospital workforce retention, and its changes over time and across organisations and clinical specialties, and what the causal effects of improvin...

Real-time data analytics to improve mechanical ventilator wean – guiding clinical behaviour (ATTITUDE study)

Research project

Project that aims to understand the barriers to implementing evidence-based care in complex critically ill patients, and will use behavioural insights to develop a clinical decision support tool to im...

From thermometers to thermostats: taking control of preventable harm from urinary catheters

Research project

Project that will use behavioural science expertise to enhance the efficacy and scale of a catheter care bundle, and investigate whether behavioural change interventions can encourage early checking o...

System-wide early warning tool for acute pathways based on actionable intelligence

Improvement project

This project involved implementing a system-wide early warning tool for acute pathways that will allow better response planning, using advanced data analysis techniques.

Health Foundation Response to NHS Improvement Q4 Performance statistics

Press release
31 May 2018

Hospitals are treating higher numbers of sicker patients than ever before and the reality is that this comes with a price tag.

It’s not all about pay: Helping nurses sustain their passion through timely feedback

22 March 2018

What matters to those amazing nurses that work in our NHS? Pay? Somewhat, but when it comes to what motivates them, one thing is clear: it’s not all about the money. Prior to the recent announcement o...

Health Foundation calls for extension to NHS England’s weekly reporting as winter pressures continue

Press release
8 March 2018

The weekly situation reports are due to end this week but winter pressures on the health service have not relented.

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