NHS funding Funding increases of around 4% a year above inflation are needed to ensure the quality of care and meet rising pressures, which is significantly higher than current plans


The NHS needs adequate funding to meet rising demand and costs but funding has increased at historically low levels in the past decade.

We conduct research and analysis of NHS finances and funding to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.

Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care

Consultation response
December 2020

Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee on the need for a comprehensive workforce strategy for the NHS and social care sectors.

Spending Review 2020: Managing uncertainty


Our 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.

Listening to the future: Introducing the REAL Centre

Newsletter feature
29 October 2020

The Health Foundation has launched the REAL Centre, dedicating £20m of investment to its work supporting long-term planning in health and social care. 

To govern is to choose

23 October 2020

Choices about health and social care must be made with a strong emphasis on their long-term consequences if history is not to repeat itself, writes Anita Charlesworth.

The REAL Challenge: Beyond crystal balls and COVID-19

16 October 2020

Catch up on the inaugural REAL Challenge Lecture by Sir Andrew Dilnot in which he outlined how some key challenges in health and social care are exacerbated by a short-termist approach and why longer-...

Social care funding gap

15 October 2020

Our estimates of what it would cost to stabilise and improve adult social care in England.

Poor understanding of what drives NHS growth has undermined national policy goals

Press release
15 October 2020

Health care per person has more than doubled since the millennium, with rapid growth in hospital care at the expense of other services.

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 England over the past two decades – and identify six key lessons for the future.

Health care activity and demand model


A project to help us better understand the relationship between risk factors (such as smoking and diet) and multiple chronic conditions.

We can shape the future

6 October 2020

Dr Jennifer Dixon explores how the REAL Centre will help to identify what future health and care needs are, taking into account evidence of how policies have impacted in the past.

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