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

Our work in this area looks at topics such as NHS funding and sustainability, social care, workforce, and efficiency and productivity, and is available in a number of formats.


Our publications can be read online or downloaded and some are also available as printed copies, which can be ordered free of charge.

View all


Investing in The NHS long term plan

June 2019

A briefing analysing the challenges for health and social care following the publication of the NHS...

Research report

Closing the gap

March 2019

Staffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England. This report sets out a series of policy...


Failing to capitalise

March 2019

A report outlining how short-term thinking has resulted in years of inadequate capital spending for...

Research report

A critical moment

February 2019

Our third annual report analysing the staff profile and trends in the NHS workforce in England in...

Research report

A fork in the road: Next steps for social care funding reform

May 2018

Our new report looks into the costs of social care funding options, public attitudes to them, and...

Research report

Securing the future: funding health and social care to the 2030s

May 2018

This research looks at how much health spending would need to rise to provide the level of service...

Charts and infographics

Our charts and infographics illustrate some of the key trends and issues in health and social care sustainability.

View all


Large drop in the number of new nurses coming from the EU to work in the UK

July 2018 chart of the month. The number of EU nurse registrants has dropped by 87% from 6,400...


Views on NHS and social care workforce after Brexit

May 2017 chart of the month. 87% of those asked thought that when Britain leaves the EU, staff from...

Journal articles

The research we fund or carry out is frequently published in academic journals.

View all

Journal article

Shifting from under supply to over supply: does NHS workforce planning need a paradigm shift?

The National Health Service in England is currently halfway through the most austere decade in its...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

Check out the Policy Navigator in full: https://t.co/ZUllHTNvsV https://t.co/kwJ3H0Gc9l

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

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

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

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

Find out more