Health care quality analysis

Publications, briefings and blogs about health care quality and demand in the UK


We believe everyone in the UK should be able to access high-quality health care so they can live long and healthy lives.

By high-quality care, we mean it should be safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable.

The public expects care to be accessible when they need it, and that their quality of care should not be dependent on their health condition, their doctor or provider, where they live, their background, or their financial and other resources.

But there is a rising demand for NHS care, in part due to the growing population living with long-term conditions, and a growing older population.  

Our aim is to provide insight to inform national policymakers how they can strategically improve quality – and the actions needed to support the NHS and patients to access the data that will help them understand quality of care

Care Quality Commission presents mixed picture of the state of care in England

Press release
15 October 2019

Our response to the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England.

NHS facing uphill battle

Press release
10 October 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England monthly statistics for August and September 2019.

New funding for diagnostic equipment falls considerably below what is needed

Press release
27 September 2019

Health Foundation response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of funding for cancer screening.

Health and care services face a perfect storm of pressures in the coming months

Press release
12 September 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England monthly performance stats for September.

A unique partnership driving improvement with data

Newsletter feature
30 July 2019

An interview with Martin Caunt, Programme Director for the Improvement Analytics Unit, about this unique partnership with NHS England.

Primary care networks: lifeboats launched on stormy seas

4 July 2019

Primary care networks (PCNs) went live on 1 July 2019. Despite their potential to improve primary care, how they’ll develop, and what changes patients can expect to notice remains unclear. Dr Rebecca ...

Longer waits for treatment show large gap between demand and funding for NHS care

Press release
12 June 2019

Health Foundation responds to Public Accounts Committee report on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment.

Primary care networks and the deprivation challenge

10 May 2019

The newly emerging PCNs provide an opportunity to tackle health inequalities in England but they will have to be careful to avoid perpetuating the problem.

NHS cancer waiting times in 2018/19 the worst since targets were set

Press release
9 May 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS monthly performance statistics

Rethinking evaluation: the rigour of rapidity

3 May 2019

Can health service evaluations be both rapid and rigorous? Arne Wolters reflects on his experience with the Improvement Analytics Unit.

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