Responding to COVID-19 How the Health Foundation is supporting the UK's health and care system to deal with current challenges and building the evidence needed to understand longer-term implications on the nation's health

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge to health and care services, bringing intense pressure and radical change to systems, organisations and to all of us as individuals.

As a foundation with a mission to improve health and health care, we are supporting individuals and organisations across the health and social care system to deal with current challenges, but also building the evidence needed to understand longer term implications on the nation's health.

Featured content

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NHS Test and Trace performance tracker

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Our latest analysis on the performance of NHS Test and Trace (up to 14 October).

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COVID-19 impact inquiry

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This UK-wide inquiry will consider the relationship between the pandemic and people's health and...

Long read

Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19

About 16 mins to read

Long read

COVID-19 has significantly changed the context in which the NHS operates. Here, we bring together...

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Public perceptions of health and social care in light of COVID-19 (July 2020)

October 2020
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Results from an Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the Health Foundation between 17 and 29 July 2020.

Briefing

Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the policy response in England so far

July 2020
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Our analysis of the national government policy response during the first phase of the pandemic.

Briefing

Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the impact on social care users and staff in England so far

July 2020
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Our analysis on the scale of the impact of COVID-19 on social care in England during the first phase...

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Understanding excess deaths: variation in the impact of COVID-19 between countries, regions and localities

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This analysis compares the impact of COVID-19 in different countries, regions and localities through...

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COVID-19 policy tracker

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A timeline to 12 October 2020 of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England.

Blogs and long reads

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‘Levelling up’ just got much harder

5 October 2020
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A look at the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry: a UK-wide inquiry exploring the...

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Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on money and resources

17 September 2020
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Frank Soodeen from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the impact of the pandemic on household...

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Innovation and leadership post-COVID: 5 things your teams want from you

29 August 2020
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We explore out 5 things people working in health and care want from their leaders to enable them to...

Newsletter blog

Who would want to be 20 in 2020?

27 August 2020
Newsletter blog

Our Director of Health, Jo Bibby, looks at the experience of coronavirus through the eyes of young...

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Building the evidence base on video consultations

26 August 2020
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Bryan Jones and Jo Scott explore the evidence around virtual consultations and highlight priorities...

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Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on health and health inequalities linked to housing

14 August 2020
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We explore the impact of housing on health and health inequalities, likely to have been increased...

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NHS Test and Trace: the journey so far

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Long read

Launched at the end of May, NHS Test and Trace is not yet the ‘world-beating’ contact tracing...

Long read

Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19

About 16 mins to read

Long read

COVID-19 has significantly changed the context in which the NHS operates. Here, we bring together...

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We'll be exploring five dimensions of impact as they unfold – from the health and care system through to people’s daily lives.

  • Direct impact of COVID-19
  • Impact on acute care
  • Non-acute care including general practice
  • The lockdown and social distancing
  • NHS and social care capacity and resilience
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How has children and young people’s usage of A&E been impacted by lockdown and social distancing?

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Social distancing has driven reduced demand for A&E services since March, particularly by children...

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Understanding changes to mortality during the pandemic

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Our new analysis explores changes in mortality during the year, focusing on deaths not attributed to...

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How has COVID-19 affected service delivery in GP practices that offered remote consultations before the pandemic?

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The digital-first primary care goal set out in the NHS Long Term Plan has been thrown into the...

Press releases

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COVID-19 – now is the time to redraw the UK’s map of inequality

5 October 2020
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We're launching a UK-wide inquiry, warning of rising health inequalities due to the COVID-19...

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Vital that government supports NHS and social care to keep normal services running as winter approaches

1 October 2020
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Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on delivering core NHS...

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Comprehensive plan to address workforce shortages urgently needed

23 September 2020
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Health Foundation response to the Public Accounts Committee report on the NHS nursing workforce.

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Government must publish evidence that the contact tracing app works and will not fail those most at risk of COVID-19

23 September 2020
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The Health Foundation says that there must be greater transparency around the development of the NHS...

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Public confidence in using NHS returning but backlog still growing

10 September 2020
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Health Foundation response to NHS England's monthly performance statistics.

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Public unclear on COVID-19 guidance as winter approaches

6 September 2020
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The Health Foundation releases new polling data with Ipsos MORI looking at the public’s attitudes...

Letters and consultation responses

News

Dismantling PHE in the midst of a pandemic carries serious risks

24 August 2020
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In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund say...

Consultation response

Restarting NHS services after the COVID-19 outbreak

Consultation response

A joint submission from the Health Foundation, King's Fund and Nuffield Trust to the Health...

Press release

Restarting health and care services will take many months, leading charities warn

14 May 2020
Press release

The Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust identify five immediate challenges that...

Programmes, partnerships and funding

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Emergency COVID-19 funding from the Health Foundation

Article

In March 2020, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in...

Newsletter feature

Impact of the Health Foundation’s emergency COVID-19 funding

30 July 2020
Newsletter feature

In March, the Health Foundation made a rapid assessment of what we could best do to help in response...

Partnership

NHS Reset: best practice and innovation

Partnership

A partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network exploring how to sustain and spread...

Project

Analytical collaboration for COVID-19

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Working in collaboration with Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund, the Strategy Unit and Imperial...

Research project

Narrative accounts of primary care practitioners in a time of COVID-19

Research project

A research collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Aberdeen,...

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