REAL Centre

Making health and care services more sustainable

Managing uncertainty

Our latest REAL Centre analysis explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care spending, and what this means for the NHS long term plan. 

Learning from two decades of changing NHS care in England


The bigger picture

October 2020

In the REAL Centre's first report, we look back at the care and treatment provided by the NHS in...

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10 key charts, and six lessons for the future


10 key charts showing what we can learn from looking back at changing NHS care over the past two...

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It’s time to see the bigger picture

17 October 2020

Sir Andrew Dilnot writes that to get the best out of the NHS and social care, we need more and...

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The REAL Challenge: Beyond crystal balls and COVID-19


Catch up on the inaugural REAL Challenge Lecture by Sir Andrew Dilnot in which he outlined how...

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Did hospital capacity affect mortality during the pandemic’s first wave?

Coming into the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK had high levels of bed occupancy in hospitals and very little spare capacity. Our new analysis explores how hospital capacity affected mortality during the first wave of the pandemic, and how the UK compares to other countries.

About the REAL Centre

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre (research and economic analysis for the long term) provides independent analysis and research to support better long-term decision making in health and social care.

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