Health & social care explained

An entry point into the many facets of the health and social care system in the UK.

The health and social care systems are large and complex. This page provides a useful starting point if you're interested in finding out more but are not sure where to begin.

NHS in numbers 07/09/2015

Data story

This series of interactive charts illustrates key data on health care spending, hospital activity, performance, prescribing, and NHS staffing and other resources, for England and the rest of the UK where comparable data is available.

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A history of NHS spending in the UK 04/07/2012

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Office of Health Economics (2012)

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QualityWatch 03/04/2017

Spotlight

QualityWatch is a major research programme providing independent scrutiny into how the quality of health and social care is changing over time.

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10 NHS myths to watch out for 27/04/2015

Data story

Here we examine 10 of the most commonly heard untruths you might hear about our health service in the run up to the 2015 election.

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Behind the numbers: NHS finances 18/10/2016

Explainer

Sally Gainsbury examines some of the most commonly cited figures about NHS finances, and explains what they really mean.

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Fact or fiction? 27/01/2015

Comment series

In this series experts from the Nuffield Trust give their take on the data and evidence behind some of the current perceptions of what is happening with the NHS.

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Brexit and the NHS 18/01/2017

Spotlight

Big changes lie ahead for the UK following its vote to leave the EU. No part of society will remain unchanged, including the health and social care sector. Below is a collection of resources about how Brexit might impact the NHS.

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Performance on four-hour waiting time target across the four countries of the UK 24/03/2016

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The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare? 11/04/2014Professor Gwyn Bevan | Marina Karanikolos | Josephine Exley | Ellen Nolte | Sheelah Connolly | Professor Nicholas Mays

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This report assesses the performance of the NHS on the quality of patient care in all four UK countries since devolution.

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NHS Wales 30/01/2015

Spotlight

The performance of the Labour-led NHS in Wales has been a highly politicised subject in recent years. This spotlight brings together a collection of our analysis on the Welsh health service's performance and funding.

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We create a wide range of charts and infographics on key issues relating to both the health care and the social care sectors. Many of the charts from our publications our also available in interactive form.

Average daily number of day-only beds available and occupied in England 17/04/2013

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Average daily number of overnight beds available and occupied in England 17/04/2013

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UK spending on public and private health care 17/04/2013

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Mean length of stay in UK hospitals 14/11/2014

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Information Service Division;  N.Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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Cost of prescription items in the UK, 2006/07 to 2013/14 17/04/2013

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The data has been adjusted to real terms in 2013 pounds using the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator from HM Treasury.

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England Health & Social Care Information Centre Wales Health Statistics and Analysis Unit, Welsh Government Scotland Information Serv...

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