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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Understanding physiological stability of hospital patients over the course of admission, using VitalPAC data



The aim of this project is to understand trends and patterns in the vital signs of patients on admission to hospital, with a particular focus on patients who have been admitted in an emergency. We hope that this work will provide insights into the scope for safely reducing patients’ length of stay.

Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce


21/03/2019 Jake Beech | Simon Bottery | Anita Charlesworth | Harry Evans | Ben Gershlick | Nina Hemmings | Candace Imison | Pinchas Kahtan | Helen McKenna | Richard Murray | Billy Palmer

The workforce challenges currently facing the health service pose a threat to the delivery and quality of care over the next 10 years. In advance of the NHS's workforce implementation plan later this year, the Nuffield Trust has joined forces with the Health Foundation and The King's Fund to outline a detailed and costed set of solutions for overhauling how the NHS recruits and keeps its staff, provided this can be backed by £900m a year in investment.

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2018: Results from the British Social Attitudes survey


07/03/2019 Ruth Robertson | John Appleby | Harry Evans | Nina Hemmings

Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund present results and analysis from the annual British Social Attitudes survey. This year's data shows that the British public’s satisfaction with the NHS is at its lowest level in over a decade.

International comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood


20/02/2019 Dr Rakhee Shah | Dr Ann Hagell | Dr Ronny Cheung

Adolescents and young adults make up around a fifth of the UK population, yet the significance of this age group is sometimes overlooked in health policy-making. So how does the UK fare when compared internationally on a range of outcomes measuring the health and wellbeing of this age group?

Age UK’s Personalised Integrated Care Programme: Evaluation of impact on hospital activity


31/01/2019 Theo Georghiou | Eilís Keeble

Age UK commissioned the Nuffield Trust to conduct a detailed evaluation of a scheme providing personalised care for older people. Given the severe pressure on health and care services across England, could this scheme help local systems by reducing the numbers of people being admitted to hospital in an emergency?

Rural health care: A rapid review of the impact of rurality on the costs of delivering health care


20/01/2019 Billy Palmer | John Appleby | Jonathan Spencer

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.

Are patients benefitting from better integrated care?

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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.

The health care workforce in England: make or break?


15/11/2018 Nuffield Trust | The Health Foundation | The King's Fund

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.

Improving access and continuity in general practice


07/11/2018 Billy Palmer | Nina Hemmings | Dr Rebecca Rosen | Eilís Keeble | Sally Williams | Dr Charlotte Paddison | Candace Imison

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.

Care City



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.