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.

Health Foundation highlights need for a credible and realistic strategy to bring NHS waiting lists down

Press release
9 December 2021

Our response to the publication of NHS England and Improvement's monthly performance statistics. 

Webinar: After COP26 – what will it take to get the NHS to net zero?

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 10.30-11.45

A panel discussion exploring how the NHS can achieve net zero – from an international, national and local perspective – in the context of the COP26 summit.

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Social care COVID-19 deaths highlight need for government to go further on funding and reform

Press release
2 December 2021

Health Foundation response to Office for National Statistics data on deaths in the care sector in England and Wales in 2020.

New vision for social care will feel like hollow words without the money to deliver it

Press release
1 December 2021

Health Foundation response to publication of the Government’s adult social care reform white paper.

NAO delivers cold dose of reality for government’s NHS recovery plan

Press release
1 December 2021

Health Foundation response to the NAO's report on the NHS backlog.

Thoughts on the Spending Review

Newsletter feature
25 November 2021

Exploring what the government’s recent Spending Review and related funding announcements mean for the NHS, social care and public health.  

Last minute changes to social care reforms are a step in the wrong direction

Press release
18 November 2021

Health Foundation response to the government's proposed amendment to its planned social care charging reforms.

Pressures on the NHS are far from ‘sustainable’

Press release
11 November 2021

Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England's monthly performance statistics released November 11 2021.

The UK entered the pandemic in a vulnerable position with both systemic weaknesses in the NHS and poor underlying health

Press release
9 November 2021

Health Foundation response to OECD Health at a Glance 2021 report.

Spending Review 2021: what it means for health and social care

29 October 2021

In this analysis we take a deeper look at what the Spending Review means for health and social care, including in four priority areas: social care, the public health grant, NHS capital and the NHS wor...

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