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Quality and inequality

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This scrolling data story takes a closer look at the association between deprivation in the area that a patient lives and quality of care.

Hindsight 2020: Lessons on setting targets in health and social care


08/01/2020 Billy Palmer | Helen Buckingham | Nadia Crellin | Camille Oung

After the 2015 general election, the NHS and social care were set a number of targets on where they needed to be by 2020. Now that year has started, this briefing looks at how they have fared over that time, looking at a sample of key targets. Which have been met, which are being missed, and which by now no longer exist? The briefing then looks at the lessons that need to be learned.

Stopping the staff we need? Migration choices in the 2019 general election


04/12/2019 Mark Dayan | Billy Palmer

Both Labour and the Conservatives have recognised the vital importance in this election of solving the staffing crisis that threatens the NHS and social care. But policies to end the current system of free movement from Europe after Brexit could cause a major slowdown in migration towards vital jobs in these sectors. How might these intertwined issues find equilibrium?

Social care: the action we need


28/11/2019 Natasha Curry | Nina Hemmings | Camille Oung | Eilís Keeble

Social care in England is at a crossroads. All three major political parties in the 2019 general election have recognised in their manifestos that the social care system is in need of change. So what needs to be done?

NHS visual data challenge



Create a data visualisation on health and care inequalities and win £1000.

Delivering general practice with too few GPs


11/10/2019 Dr Rebecca Rosen

With an increasing number of GPs leaving clinical practice or working part time, and many practices unable to fill vacant GP posts, this briefing presents some ideas on how general practice can continue to be provided as the shortage of GPs becomes chronic.

What can England learn from the long-term care system in Germany?


11/09/2019 Natasha Curry | Laura Schlepper | Nina Hemmings

The current social care system in England is widely regarded as unfair, complex, confusing and failing to meet growing care needs in the population. Germany was in a similar situation 24 years ago, but successfully brought about far-reaching reform. As the UK government promises to fix our social care system, what can England learn from Germany's experience of reform?

Outcomes of hospital admissions among frail older people: a 2-year cohort study

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Study to determine long-term outcomes of older people discharged from hospital following short (<72 hours) and longer hospital admissions compared by frailty status.

Change or collapse: Lessons from the drive to reform health and social care in Northern Ireland


10/07/2019 Mark Dayan | Prof. Deirdre Heenan

Three years after Rafael Bengoa’s blueprint for improving the Northern Irish health service, this report uses interviews with health service leaders in Northern Ireland as well as outside experts and clinicians to assess which factors are helping or hindering Northern Ireland's efforts to change its health and social care system, finding that the political vacuum and culture of centralisation are impeding reform.