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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Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and associated lockdown measures on attendances at EDs in English hospitals

Journal article


A retrospective database study looking looking at 14,224,908 attendances at consultant-led ED departments operated by 41 NHS trusts in England between January 2019 and June 2020.

Can variation help to explain the rise in emergency admissions for children aged under five up to 2018/19?


22/01/2021 Eilís Keeble | Dr Elizabeth Fisher

Children under the age of five accounted for 10% of emergency attendances and 9% of emergency admissions in 2018/19, despite representing less than 6% of the population – what might some of the factors behind this be? This research summary by Eilís Keeble and Dr Elizabeth Fisher considers some of the data and service-related issues that may be affecting this troubling observation. A further research appendix provides further charts and analysis that look at the issue in more depth.

Understanding the impact of Brexit on health in the UK


22/12/2020 Mark Dayan | Nick Fahy | Professor Tamara Hervey | Martha McCarey | Holly Jarman | Scott Greer

With the prospect of a deal still very much hanging in the balance, the UK's transition period for leaving the European Union ends in a matter of days on 31 December 2020. This major new report maps out the health areas that will be affected by this decisive exit from the Union and discusses the dilemmas faced by the health sector in the face of such huge legislative changes. 

The remote care revolution during Covid-19

Annual Statement


This scrolling data story analyses the rapid adoption, during the pandemic, of digital technology for delivering NHS care.

Rural, remote and at risk: Why rural health services face a steep climb to recovery from Covid-19


11/12/2020 Billy Palmer | Lucina Rolewicz

Even before the pandemic, rural and remote health services faced long-standing workforce, financial and capacity issues. So how are those same services faring in the face of the biggest health crisis in generations? This analysis assesses the outlook for these vital providers of care.

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


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


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.