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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Mind the gaps: adult social care workforce policy during the pandemic

17 June 2021

Has national support for adult social care staff in England during the pandemic been adequate? Lucinda Allen looks at what was missing.

The most expensive breakfast in history

June 2021

20 years on from the Wanless report, we look back on its origins, methodology, and impact, and highlight the learnings that can be applied to the pandemic recovery.

What have we learned from a year of NHS Test and Trace?

3 June 2021

What’s next for NHS Test and Trace? The Health Foundation’s policy team reflect on a year of tracking its evolution.

'Levelling up' general practice in England

Long read

General practice has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities and should be included in the government's 'levelling up' agenda. But to do so it must be properly resourced.

NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

13 May 2021

Our analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace from 1 October 2020 to 5 May 2021.

If not now, when? The long overdue promise of social care reform

10 May 2021

Despite government promising to 'fix the crisis in social care once and for all', no plan to reform the sector has yet emerged. Here we explore whether recent objections to a cap on care costs truly s...

Time for a health inequalities ‘moonshot’?

4 May 2021

What is the value of a target-driven approach to health inequalities? We explore the possibilities and pitfalls, and seek your input on how the government can ‘level up’ health outcomes.

Longer waits, missing patients and catching up

13 April 2021

Six charts looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consultant-led elective care.

The restructure of public health must not weaken our climate change response

30 March 2021

How can the government ensure that the new public health system is fit to respond to the growing threat of climate change? Genevieve Cameron and Anya Göpfert reflect on what is needed.

How can policymakers plan better for the long term?

Long read

COVID-19 has illustrated why policymakers must prepare better for uncertainty. This long read explores what long-term planning means, how it could be improved and why the recovery provides a unique op...

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