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Strategic health authorities and regions: lessons from history


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.

Prisoner health: prisoners’ use of secondary care services



Understanding prisoners’ health care needs, how their use of health care services has changed over time and the quality of care received.

Analytical collaboration for Covid-19



Nuffield Trust is working in collaboration with the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund, the Strategy Unit and Imperial College Healthcare Partners to provide additional analytical support to the NHS nationally in its overall response to Covid-19.

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2019: Results and trends from the British Social Attitudes survey


03/04/2020 John Appleby | Nina Hemmings | David Maguire | Jessica Morris | Laura Schlepper | Dan Wellings

Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund's latest analysis of the NatCen Social Research survey exploring the public's views shows satisfaction with the NHS jumped to 60% in 2019 – several months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. So what might explain this turnaround from previous years which had showed public satsifaction at its lowest ebb in a decade?

Achieving scale and spread: Learning for innovators and policy-makers


05/03/2020 Nina Hemmings | Rachel Hutchings | Sophie Castle-Clarke | Billy Palmer

In recent years, a significant number of innovators have forged ways to scale and spread innovation in the NHS. However, despite some existing work in this area, less is known about how to achieve greater scale and spread beyond early adopters. The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the NHS Innovation Accelerator to help fill this knowledge gap.

Locked out? Prisoners' use of hospital care


26/02/2020 Dr Miranda Davies | Lucina Rolewicz | Laura Schlepper | Femi Fagunwa

It is widely known that prisons in England are crowded and facing severe difficulties, but the health and health care use of the prisoners within has received little attention. Drawing on over 110,000 patient hospital records for prisoners at 112 prisons, this study provides the most in-depth look to date at how prisoners’ health needs are being met in hospital.

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?