Funding and sustainability

We carry out research and analysis on health and care finances to promote effective policymaking


The sustainability of the NHS and social care system is likely to become an even bigger issue in coming years, in the face of funding constraints, increasing demand, workforce shortages and wide variation in the quality and productivity of care. Our work on NHS finances is designed to help the health and care service to navigate these difficult times.

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

Taking a long-term view

28 January 2019

How can our new programme, Shaping Health Futures, help the long-term sustainability of health and social care services?

The NHS has a new long-term plan but this is not 'job done'

Press release
18 January 2019

The Health Foundation has responded to the publication of the NAO's annual report on the financial sustainability of the NHS.

NHS long term plan launch: pragmatic and ambitious, but making it a reality will be tough

Press release
7 January 2019

Health Foundation response to launch of new long term plan for the NHS in England

NHS long term plan announcement: a welcome commitment but trade-offs are inevitable

Press release
6 January 2019

Health Foundation response to Prime Minister’s announcement of NHS long term plan.

Local Government Spending

Consultation response
November 2018

Our response to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Local Government Spending.

Renewed focus on community care is welcome, but change won't happen simply by moving money around

Press release
22 November 2018

Health Foundation response to Government's announcement of £3.5bn a year funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/4.

Funding challenges of the social care system in England

Consultation response
November 2018

Our response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into the funding challenges of the social care system in England.

Consultancy support for the development of a Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

Invitation to tender
12 November 2018

We are seeking a supplier to help us scope and present options for the precise role of, and the commissioning and running of, the proposed Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre the Hea...

Productivity in the NHS

Journal article
9 November 2018

Earlier this year, the prime minister announced a financial settlement for the NHS over the next five years of 3.4% real terms growth, or £20.5bn (€23bn; $27bn) a year by 2023-24.1 Although greater th...

Budget 2018: £1bn real terms cut to wider health budget

31 October 2018

The Health Foundation yesterday released analysis following the budget, which included calculations of what the budgets will be in the coming years for NHS England and the wider Department of Health a...

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