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

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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.

New short-term capital funding boost for NHS in England will only scratch the surface

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4 August 2019

Health Foundation response to Prime Minister's announcement of funding for NHS capital infrastructure projects.

NHS needs comprehensive, long-term funding settlement for capital

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3 August 2019

Health Foundation responds to Prime Minister’s expected announcement of £1.8bn for NHS capital infrastructure projects.

Health spending as a share of GDP remains at lowest level in a decade

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30 July 2019

July 2019 chart of the month. UK spending on health stays flat as a percentage of GDP

The UK spends less on capital in health care than other comparable countries

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25 June 2019

June 2019 chart of the month. As a share of GDP, the UK spends far less on capital in health care than comparable OECD countries.

NHS plan jeopardised by unfinished business on funding and rising demand

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18 June 2019

New analysis from the Health Foundation shows that delivering the ambitious vision set out in the new NHS Long Term Plan plan will be extremely challenging without urgent government action on wider he...

The real cost of a fair adult social care system

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29 May 2019

Anita Charlesworth and Toby Watt look at the funding and workforce challenges facing the adult social care system.

£4.4bn funding gap projected for social care in England as spending per person falls further behind other UK countries

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28 May 2019

New analysis from the Health Foundation shows that there will be a social care funding gap of £4.4bn in England in 2023/24 to meet rising demand and address critical staffing shortages in the sector.

Stemming the tide: retaining the social care workforce

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30 April 2019

If we knew more about what helped recruit and retain social care staff we could put targeted solutions in place to reduce persistent workforce problems. That’s the thinking behind this new project...

From opportunity to reality: Delivering new workforce models in practice

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30 April 2019

Improvement Fellow Sarah Reed looks at two projects we’ve funded that are using multi-professional teams to bridge the workforce gap.

Six ways to close the workforce gap

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30 April 2019

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England, with workforce shortages now having a direct impact on the health service’s ability to keep up with demand.

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