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.

 

QualityWatch 03/10/2018

Page QualityWatch

Over 200 quality of care indicators tracking whether health and social care is getting better or worse, including where possible how England and the UK compare internationally.

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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

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 affect 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

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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