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