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Putting rising emergency hospital admissions for children into perspective: how do international comparisons help?

Journal article


Emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions are often monitored to get an understanding of urgent hospital activity, but are also used as an indicator of the accessibility and quality of services outside the hospital. The factors determining whether or not a family will seek care in the ED and be admitted are complex, and this picture becomes even more complex when comparing between areas or countries.

Falling short: Why the NHS is still struggling to make the most of new innovations


13/12/2017 Sophie Castle-Clarke | Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham

Despite the fact there is good understanding of the issues obstructing innovation in the NHS, it is still slow to adopt new technological ideas. Why is this, and how can we address the problem?

Community services: What do we know about quality?


29/11/2017 Nora Cooke O'Dowd | Holly Dorning

What can national data from community trusts tell us about the state of services in this area?

A two-way street: What can CCGs teach us about accountability in STPs?


15/11/2017 Holly Holder | Helen Buckingham

A report exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) for accountability in the NHS.

The Autumn Budget: joint statement on health and social care


08/11/2017 Nuffield Trust | The Health Foundation | The King's Fund

Nuffield Trust, the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund are urging the government to address the critical state of health and social care in its forthcoming Autumn Budget.

How will our future relationship with the EU shape the NHS?


07/11/2017 Mark Dayan

What effect will the Brexit negotiations have on the way the NHS operates in future? This briefing looks at five key areas where the agreements that are made with the European Union will shape health and social care over the coming decades.

Root causes: Quality and inequality in dental health


02/11/2017 John Appleby | Leonora Merry | Robert Reed

This latest report from QualityWatch looks at publicly available data on dental health quality. While overall outcomes have improved over several decades, there remain significant regional and socioeconomic differences, with people from the North of England, or from more deprived backgrounds, generally experiencing worse dental health.

Collaboration in general practice: Surveys of GP practice and clinical commissioning groups


10/10/2017 Stephanie Kumpunen | Natasha Curry | Maddy Farnworth | Dr Rebecca Rosen

Results of the second wave of surveys of general practice staff and CCG staff conducted by the Nuffield Trust and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Comparison of control charts for monitoring clinical performance using binary data

Journal article


Time series charts are increasingly used by clinical teams to monitor their performance, but statistical control charts are not widely used, partly due to uncertainty about which chart to use. Although there is a large literature on methods, there are few systematic comparisons of charts for detecting changes in rates of binary clinical performance data.

Summary booklets on lessons for large-scale general practice


13/09/2017 Dr Rebecca Rosen | Stephanie Kumpunen | Natasha Curry | Dr Alisha Davies | Dr Luisa Pettigrew | Lucia Kossarova

Booklets to accompany our report from July 2016.