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.

Brexit deals and the NHS 07/11/2017

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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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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

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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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NHS Wales 30/01/2015

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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.

Gender pay gap (median basic per FTE) for NHS staff on Agenda for Change pay scales: December 2017 29/05/2018

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NHS Digital

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Gender pay gap (median basic per FTE) for NHS staff on non-Agenda for Change pay scales: December 2017 29/05/2018

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NHS Digital

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Key comparisons between Japan and the UK 09/05/2018

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Although this report focuses on the social care system in England, UK figures are presented here as the best available comparable data.

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Percentage of children classified as overweight and obese in 2013 using IOTF thresholds 15/03/2018

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IOTF stands for International Obesity Taskforce.

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Ng and others (2014) Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, The Lancet.

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Trends in infant and neonatal mortality rates per 1,000 live births in the UK 15/03/2018

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Office for National Statistics, Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables.

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Total (public and private) spending on health care as a percentage of GDP (2000-2016) 09/02/2018

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Patients in hospital for longer than 7 days 01/02/2018

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Health spending in England: projections for this Parliament (in 2017/18 prices) 24/11/2017

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In 2017/18 prices. ‘OBR’ line shows how much would be spent on health in England if spending rose in line with projections by the Office for Budget Responsibility. ‘Long run average’ shows how much would be spent on health if spending returned to the historical average of 4 per cent a year.

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Nuffield Trust analysis of multiple sources; Department of Health annual report and accounts 2016/17; Autumn Budget 2017. 

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Percentage of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E: UK countries 17/10/2017

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Nuffield Trust analysis of publicly available NHS data.

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Poor morale among ambulance staff? 07/04/2017

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  • Net agreement/satisfaction = strongly + fairly agree/satisfied minus strongly + fairly disagree/dissatisfied
  • NB: Results are based on survey responses weighted for trust size and differences in occupational group proportions
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Delayed transfers of care in UK countries, Jul 2012 - Jan 2016 22/04/2016

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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 Service Division, Scotland N.Ireland Department of

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