National Health Service (NHS)
General Practice Data for Planning and Research: summary of a private roundtable
This paper summarises a roundtable discussion held in the UK in the summer of 2022 about General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR), a data- sharing initiative that the NHS launched in 2021.
Developing learning health systems in the UK: priorities for action
A learning health system (LHS) is a way of describing a systematic approach to iterative, data-driven improvement. This report was informed by a literature review, interviews, a survey of more than 100 expert stakeholders, and a series of practical case studies, offering real-world examples of...
Building public understanding of health and health inequalities
This report explores reasons behind current public attitudes towards health and inequalities in health outcomes in the United Kingdom, drawing on polling and public attitudes research by the Health Foundation and others.
The state of health and care 2022
In this report, the authors propose policies designed to better live with COVID-19, to help build back better, and to help prepare for the future.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme: trials, tribulations and successes
The COVID-19 vaccination programme has been one of the few almost unqualified successes of the UK’s response to the pandemic. Based on interviews with a wide range of people involved in the programme, this report sets out what the roll-out in England has achieved, as...
Our ageing population: how ageing affects health and care need in England
England’s population is ageing. In the next 25 years, the number of people older than 85 will double to 2.6 million. Does the ageing population mean an inevitable rise in demand and the costs of care? As this report explores, the reality is more subtle...
The disease of disparity
This report identifies six areas where policy incentives are misaligned with an ambition to tackle health inequality, and makes recommendations across the NHS and the socio-economic drivers of poor health.
Evolving regulation and oversight in a systems world
This briefing outlines the key implications for trusts of changes to the UK's National Health Service regulatory framework, in the context of accelerating system working and legislative change.
The NHS long term plan and COVID-19
The NHS Long Term Plan remains the blueprint for the NHS’s evolution in the United Kingdom, but the pandemic has dealt a huge blow to both the NHS and social care. In this report, the authors provide a narrative of what was achieved before the...
Switched on: how do we get the best out of automation and AI in health care?
This report offers in-depth analysis into the challenges and potential presented by automation and AI in health care and highlights wider implications for the future, setting out considerations for policymakers and the NHS.
The most expensive breakfast in history
This publication examines the 2002 Wanless Review of public health and National Health Service funding in the United Kingdom.
Securing a positive health care technology legacy from COVID-19
This report explores the challenges of implementing health care technologies and investigates patient and staff experiences of technology during the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic. It draws on learning from the Health Foundation’s programmes and YouGov surveys of over 4,000 UK adults and over...
State of health and care: the NHS long term plan after COVID-19
After a decade of austerity, the NHS Long Term Plan was meant to be a turning point for healthcare. This analysis shows that the impact of COVID-19 has resulted in a significant backward step for people with cancer, mental illness, cardiovascular disease and multiple long-term...
The courage to be kind: reflecting on the role of kindness in the healthcare response to COVID-19
This report draws on a series of reflective conversations, conducted between April and September 2020 with five medics working in different parts of NHS Scotland. The conversations reflected on what can be achieved when united by a common purpose, and when work is underpinned by...
Patient power: unleashing choice over routine medications
This report finds that many patients are not fully aware of the level of control they are entitled to when it comes to choosing medication. It suggests that pharmacists could play a greater role in the patient care pathway to support patients make choices about...
Patients not passports
This report focuses on the set of policies introduced as part of the UK government’s Hostile Environment immigration policies – which restrict access to public services and criminalise everyday activities – to expand border enforcement into the National Health Service (NHS) and restrict access to...
NHS Test and Trace: the journey so far
NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) is England’s COVID-19 contact tracing programme. This report outlines how the programme works and analyses the key stages in the development of testing and contact tracing in England. Following this, it highlights some of the ongoing challenges faced by NHSTT...
Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to significant changes in how NHS services are delivered and used. This has seen an acceleration of policies that have previously only made incremental progress.
Resilient health and care: learning the lessons of COVID-19
This report argues that the UK government should take the opportunity to create a health system where resilience is considered efficient, where long-term thinking is encouraged, and where resources are allocated to deliver on it.
Prevention in the age of information: public education for better health
Tackling preventative illness must remain a top priority for the government in the 2020s. This report argues that the UK government must deliver a paradigm shift in prevention policy from interventions that ‘blame and punish’ to those that ‘empathise and assist.’ The aim of prevention...
Care fit for carers
This report provides new evidence on the experience of the healthcare workforce during COVID-19 to date – from IPPR/YouGov polling of healthcare workers and the general public; an IPPR consultation; and from literature review.
Realising the neighbourhood NHS: delivering a new deal for primary care in England
This paper fulfils IPPR’s objective to advance physical health, by providing new evidence and ideas to improve the provision of primary and community care.
Quality improvement in general practice: what do GPs and practice managers think?
This report explores the level of quality improvement awareness, appetite and activity in general practice across the United Kingdom.
Health and social care workforce: priorities for the next government
This briefing paper provides an overview of the current state of the health and social care workforce and sets out priorities for the next government.
NHS performance and waiting times: priorities for the next government
Essential parts of the NHS in England are experiencing the worst performance against waiting times targets since the targets were set. While it is important to look at other aspects of the quality of care beyond waiting times, the persistently downward trend against these targets...