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.

Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

18 October 2018

This a new specialist unit within the Health Foundation that will work with a network of external academic partners to produce independent projections, research and analysis, strongly rooted in robust...

A new frontier

24 September 2018

Anita Charlesworth blogs about the establishment of a new centre to provide independent projections, research and analysis to help ensure the long-term sustainability of health and social care in the ...

What we talk about when we talk about tax

13 September 2018

In her latest blog, Ailsa Swarbrick, Director of the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, reports back from the Health Foundation and IFG debate on...

Health Foundation response to NAO's report on the health and social care interface

Press release
4 July 2018

New report helpfully summarises a whole range of barriers that must be overcome, but the focus needed to overcome these will be extremely difficult to find with the social care system in such a perilo...

Identifying options for funding the NHS and social care in the UK: international evidence

Working paper
June 2018

This working paper explores how other countries approach funding their health and social care systems.

Approaches to social care funding

Consultation response
June 2018

Our submission to the Health and Social Care and Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committees on social care funding.

Is the recent funding announcement enough for NHS England?

27 June 2018

June 2018 Chart of the Month. The Government has announced an increase to NHS England’s main budget of just over £20bn by 2023/24, an increase of 3.4% a year on average.

Health Foundation responds to Prime Minister’s speech on NHS funding

Press release
18 June 2018

Our response to the Prime Minister’s speech on NHS funding today.

Health Foundation response to government announcement of additional NHS funding

Press release
16 June 2018

Funding increase will help stem further decline, but not enough to address fundamental challenges facing NHS or fund essential improvements to flagging services.

New figures reveal 82% of British public support increase in social care spending

Press release
13 June 2018

NHS Confederation-commissioned research from the Health Foundation and IFS sets out strong evidence supporting an increase in spending on social care.

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