Research

Research into the UK's health system is one of our core activities and has been since we were founded over 70 years ago. We undertake projects that will provide evidence on key areas of health and social care and which build upon our established areas of expertise.

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Rethinking acute medical care in smaller hospitals

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04/10/2018 Louella Vaughan | Nigel Edwards | Candace Imison | Ben Collins

Smaller hospitals are struggling with workforce shortages, spiralling costs and increasingly complex models of care for acutely ill patients. This major new report outlines a set of radical new approaches for running acute medical services in these institutions and suggests we should avoid assuming that closure is always the answer.

Acute medical care in England: Findings from a survey of smaller acute hospitals

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13/09/2018 Candace Imison | Louella Vaughan

This profile of smaller hospitals in England finds trusts struggling to recruit and retain acute medical staff. Services across the country are configured in a wide variety of ways, with little evidence of an 'ideal' model for acute medical care emerging from our research.

Mental health and well-being trends among children and young people in the UK, 1995–2014

Journal article

11/09/2018

Analysis of repeated cross-sectional national health surveys on mental health and wellbeing.

Comprehensive geriatric assessment: needs assessment tool

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06/09/2018 Dr Elizabeth Fisher | Eilís Keeble | Joshua Kraindler

The Nuffield Trust has developed a tool to help providers and commissioners of care in England assess the needs of frail older people being cared for in hospital.

Rethinking outpatient services: Learning from an interactive workshop

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30/08/2018 Sophie Castle-Clarke | Nigel Edwards

Outpatient services in England have experienced a sharp rise in activity, leading to many STPs outlining ambitious plans to reduce activity and cut costs. This briefing, in collaboration with health leaders across the country, reveals opportunities to improve the design of services and challenges if some services should be delivered in their current form.

Improving care for people with MS: the potential of data and technology

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10/07/2018 Sophie Castle-Clarke | Natasha Curry | Holly Dorning | Laura Wetherly

An MS Society-commissioned report mapping out what technology is already available for people with MS, what more could be done with what is available and how data and technology could be better exploited in future to improve MS health care.

The NHS at 70: What will new technology mean for the NHS and its patients?

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28/06/2018 Sophie Castle-Clarke

To mark the BBC’s coverage of the NHS’s 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS. This, the final report from the series of five, considers the impact of technology on the health service now and into the future.

The NHS at 70: Are we expecting too much from the NHS?

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27/06/2018 Helen McKenna

To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS. In this paper, we explore the public’s expectations of the NHS, the balance between meeting those expectations and living within a constrained budget, and the question of who is responsible for keeping us healthy.

The NHS at 70: What’s the problem with social care, and why do we need to do better?

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26/06/2018 Ruth Thorlby | Anna Starling | Catherine Broadbent | Toby Watt

To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS. This report, the second in a series of five, assesses the pressures facing social care and the barriers that continue to obstruct funding reforms of the sector.

The NHS at 70: Does the NHS need more money and how could we pay for it?

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26/06/2018 George Stoye

To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the NHS. This third report in a series of five asks whether despite recent developments the NHS still needs more funding, and why this might be the case.