Health and care policy analysis The latest publications, briefings and blogs about health and social care policy and strategy


We regularly publish insights and analysis relating to policy and performance in health and social care in the UK, as well as comparisons with other international health systems.

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Which is most important for good mental health: paid work, avoiding poverty or money itself?

17 November 2021

Researchers from the University of Glasgow use longitudinal data to study the relationship between changes in employment, income, poverty and mental health.

Nurses’ pay over the long term: what next?

November 2021

We examine long-term trends in UK nurses' pay and ask whether the system for deciding nurses’ pay remains fit for purpose.

Have integrated care programmes reduced emergency admissions?

Long read

Evidence on the short- and long-term effect of integrated care programmes on emergency hospital use to inform the national roll-out of Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

Going green: what do the public think about the NHS and climate change?

Long read

What do the public think about climate change, health and the NHS net zero ambition, and why does this matter? Genevieve Cameron, Anya Gopfert and Tim Gardner present findings from our latest polling.

Health priorities for Spending Review 2021

15 October 2021

We highlight four priority areas that the Spending Review 2021 must invest in to address the pandemic's legacy and build resilence in health and social care.

A whole-government approach to improving health

October 2021

Concerted, holistic action needs to be taken to create the conditions that improve health. We set out the action that central government needs to take to act purposefully as a system, rather than as a...

Five tests for levelling up health

12 October 2021

Expectations around the imminent levelling up white paper are high. But will it truly seize the opportunity to level up health? Here are our five tests to assess the white paper's level of commitment.

Health is wealth – investors can no longer afford to ignore it

8 October 2021

National and local governments have the power to address the root causes of health, and they do, to an extent. But investors and businesses have considerable agency over commercial health determinants...

How could the Health and Care Bill strengthen action on health inequalities?

Long read

The NHS has an important role in narrowing health inequalities, but progress has been slow and the pandemic has shown more tangible action is needed. We explore how the Bill could be used to bolster a...

The cut to Universal Credit is set to widen health inequalities when the government has promised to ‘level up’ health

28 September 2021

David Finch, assistant director of Healthy Lives, writes about why the £20 uplift to Universal Credit must be made permanent.

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