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.

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Public perceptions of health and social care in light of COVID-19

June 2020

Results from an Ipsos MORI survey commissioned by the Health Foundation.


Emergency care: what do the May data show?

In previous analyses we explored how COVID-19 is changing the use of emergency care on a national...


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

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


COVID-19 policy tracker

A timeline to 29 June 2020 of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England.

Blogs and long reads


Strengthening social care analytics in the wake of COVID-19: initial findings

2 July 2020

The Health Foundation and Future Care Capital have teamed up to explore the key data challenges the...

Newsletter blog

Caring for our carers: what can COVID-19 teach us about NHS staff wellbeing?

26 June 2020

The pandemic has led to a massive focus on the need to look after the wellbeing of staff. NHS...


How the NHS can use anchor strategies to build a healthy and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery

22 June 2020

We look at how the NHS as an anchor institution has an essential role to play in recovering from the...


Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities

18 June 2020

We explore the impact of the pandemic on mental health and how some groups are affected more than...


Emerging evidence on health inequalities and COVID-19: May 2020

5 June 2020

The global pandemic is bringing health inequalities into sharp focus. Louise Marshall gives our...

Long read

Learning from lockdown

About 7 mins to read

COVID-19 and the response have touched every part of society. But as the UK edges out of lockdown,...

Long read

Will COVID-19 be a watershed moment for health inequalities?

About 15 mins to read

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the wider governmental and societal response, have brought...

COVID-19 chart series

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 NHS 111 shaped public demand for the NHS in England during the pandemic?

Emma Vestesson and Tim Gardner look at what recent changes in patient interaction with NHS services...


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

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


Even before COVID-19, high workforce turnover rates posed a major challenge for social care

Even before the pandemic, staffing was the biggest single challenge for the sector in England. High...

Press releases

Press release

The NHS will not be able to restart all of its services at once and difficult decisions will have to be made

9 July 2020

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

Press release

Bolder action needed on levelling up agenda

8 July 2020

Health Foundation response to the Chancellor's measures to support the UK's recovery from the...

Press release

Staffing issues in care homes have contributed to COVID-19 infections amongst residents

3 July 2020

Health Foundation response to ONS data on deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector, and the...

Consultation responses

Consultation response

Restarting NHS services after the COVID-19 outbreak

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

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

Programmes, partnerships and funding


NHS Reset: best practice and innovation

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


COVID-19 Research Programme

The Health Foundation has launched a new research programme, which seeks to understand the impact of...

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Analytical collaboration for COVID-19

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


Guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on funding support from the Health Foundation

27 March 2020

We recognise that many of the individuals and organisations we support through our funding are...

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