Health and social care sustainability

To maintain and improve care while demand and costs are rising, the health and social care system needs adequate funding, a skilled workforce and increases in productivity


Areas of our work


NHS funding

Funding increases of around 4% a year above inflation are needed to ensure the quality of care and meet rising pressures, whi...


A sustainable social care system

Based on current spending, our analysis shows that a social care funding gap of £18bn will open up by 2030/31


Efficiency and productivity of the health and social care system

A long-term, continuous focus on efficiency and productivity is essential to ensure health care quality


The NHS and social care workforce

Adequate funding and a strategic, long-term approach to planning are needed for a sufficient and skilled workforce.

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Research we fund on sustainability

We fund UK-wide projects to inform the debate and improve the evidence base around a sustainable health and social care system.

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Publications and resources on health and social care sustainability

We conduct research and analysis to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based, and focused on the future.

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Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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