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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Rural health care: A rapid review of the impact of rurality on the costs of delivering health care

Report

20/01/2019 Billy Palmer | John Appleby | Jonathan Spencer

It is generally acknowledged that small, rural NHS health care providers face higher costs than larger, urban areas. For a number of years the NHS has adjusted financial allocations to account for these unavoidable variations in costs in different parts of the country. However, our review for the National Centre for Rural Health and Care suggests these adjustments may not be compensating enough to avoid some rural trusts facing increased difficulties.

Are patients benefitting from better integrated care?

Annual Statement

15/01/2019

This scrolling story breaks down a range of indicators to see whether there is evidence that integrated care is actually happening in a way that benefits patients.

The health care workforce in England: make or break?

Report

15/11/2018 Nuffield Trust | The Health Foundation | The King's Fund

In advance of the publication of the NHS long-term plan, we've joined forces with the Health Foundation and The King's Fund to highlight the scale of workforce challenges now facing the health service and the threat this poses to the delivery and quality of care over the next 10 years.

Improving access and continuity in general practice

Report

07/11/2018 Billy Palmer | Nina Hemmings | Dr Rebecca Rosen | Eilís Keeble | Sally Williams | Candace Imison

The report describes our key findings on the impact of improved access upon continuity of care, and provides a series of recommendations for commissioners and policy-makers.

Care City

Project

29/10/2018

We have been commissioned to evaluate Care City, which is a test bed in East London focused on using new technologies to support people with long-term conditions.

Doomed to repeat? Lessons from the history of NHS reform

Report

15/10/2018 Nigel Edwards | Mark Dayan | Billy Palmer | Helen Buckingham | Dr Rebecca Rosen

NHS leaders are now hard at work on a long-term plan for the health service, due to be published in the coming months. Those who have been involved with health care in England for some time could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu, as NHS history is littered with similar plans. So what lessons can be learned from these previous plans, and how can we ultimately ensure that this time is a success?

Rethinking acute medical care in smaller hospitals

Report

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

Summary

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

Research

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.