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

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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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COVID-19 policy tracker

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26 November 2020

A timeline to 23 November 2020 of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England.

The impact of Extensive Care Service and Enhanced Primary Care in Fylde Coast

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November 2020

This briefing explores IAUs evidence on how multidisciplinary teams may increase emergency hospital activity at least in the short term.

Spending Review 2020

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In the face of daunting costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, our long read looks at what a 1-year Spending Review means for the NHS, social care and policies to improve health over the longer term.

NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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19 November 2020

Our latest analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace (up to 11 November).

Elective care in England

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With the government due to announce the results of a Spending Review, this long read looks at what we know so far about the pandemic’s impact on elective care in England.

Breaking with Lansley’s Act

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26 October 2020

Nicholas Timmins assesses Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as the longest serving health secretary.

Glaziers and window breakers

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October 2020

What is the role of the health secretary and what should it be? In this second edition of Glaziers and window breakers, 11 former health secretaries answer these questions and more.

Political priorities for health: autumn party conferences provide few insights

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18 October 2020

Dr Jennifer Dixon reflects on an unusual party conference season and asks what we can glean from the rhetoric of the main party leaders.

The bigger picture

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October 2020

In the REAL Centre's first report, we look back at the care and treatment provided by the NHS in England over the past two decades – and identify six key lessons for the future.

Building back better by focusing on health

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7 October 2020

Emma Spencelayh explores the critical role councils play in ensuring the economic recovery also works to improve health.

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