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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How will Brexit affect the UK’s response to coronavirus?

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14/10/2020 Mark Dayan

As the European Council meets to review the state of negotiations on the future EU-UK partnership, a new Nuffield Trust briefing assesses how leaving the single market might affect UK health and social care services just as they are grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 and the biggest health crisis of our times.

Laying foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education

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08/10/2020 Billy Palmer | Rachel Hutchings | Claudia Leone

Mental health nursing is a vital and varied profession, accounting for over a third of the mental health workforce in England. Yet the numbers choosing to study to join the profession are unable to meet sharply rising demand. This major new report, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Health Network, looks at ways more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing – and reasons why numbers are currently limited.

Neurosurgery

Report

01/10/2020 Nigel Edwards

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team lead a national programme aimed at improving specialised adult neuroscience services in England. The work programme seeks to support emerging regional teams as well as Integrated Care Systems in the NHS, through establishing ‘what good looks like’ for specialised neuroscience services for a local population. This briefing is on neurosurgery.

Specialised neurology

Report

01/10/2020 Nigel Edwards

NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning team lead a national programme aimed at improving specialised adult neuroscience services in England. The work programme seeks to support emerging regional teams as well as Integrated Care Systems in the NHS, through establishing ‘what good looks like’ for specialised neuroscience services for a local population. This briefing is on specialised neurology. 

The impact of Covid-19 on the use of digital technology in the NHS

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27/08/2020 Rachel Hutchings

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the adoption of digital technology in the NHS and changes to the way services are delivered at an incredible pace. So as the health service works hard to get back to something like normality, are all the elements of this sea change in digital practice positive, or do some adaptations need further scrutiny before they become more deeply embedded?

Maternity services in smaller hospitals: a call to action

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25/08/2020 Nigel Edwards | Louella Vaughan | Billy Palmer

In rural and remote areas, the closure of maternity units can mean longer transfer times and poorer support for obstetric emergencies, but the viability of smaller maternity units is often questioned. This working paper discusses the issues affecting the delivery of safe and effective maternity services and serves as a call to action for areas of improvement that are within the control of employers and national organisations.

A cross-sectional study to examine risk factors associated with childhood obesity (short title)

Journal article

03/08/2020

Full title: 'A cross-sectional study using the Childhood Measurement Programme for Wales to examine population-level risk factors associated with childhood obesity'

Resuming health services during the Covid-19 pandemic: What can the NHS learn from other countries?

Report

24/07/2020 Sarah Reed

As the country deals with the easing of lockdown restrictions and a slow decline in Covid-19 cases, health services are attempting to return to some form of pre-pandemic normality – yet demand for services remains anything but predictable. Our new briefing looks at what approaches other countries around the world have taken to dealing with the pandemic. What might we learn from the approaches used internationally, and how long will it take us to fully recover?

Strategic health authorities and regions: lessons from history

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02/07/2020 Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham

With NHS England and NHS Improvement now a single entity, having seven regional teams to carry out work on the ground, what can be learned from previous incarnations of the NHS that relied on regional bodies? A new report by Nigel Edwards and Helen Buckingham asks the people who were there to provide some much-needed lessons from recent history to apply to the present day.