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Beyond Covid-19 wave two: what now for care homes?

Blog post 17/02/2021Natasha Curry

With Covid-19 having a particularly hard impact on care homes, Natasha Curry takes a closer look at why they were hit so badly last spring, whether they have fared any better this winter, and the importance of what happens next. Her blog accompanies an explainer from Sarah Scobie, which looks in det...

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Covid-19 and the deaths of care home residents

Blog post 17/02/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19’s impact on care homes has been well documented. Nearly a year since the start of the pandemic, this explainer from Sarah Scobie looks in more detail at new data on the deaths of care home residents. The numbers have exposed the fragile state that the care sector was in before the pandemi...

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Chart of the week: Fast and fair? Understanding the variation in vaccine roll-out speed across the UK

Data story 27/01/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, with the UK vaccination programme now delivering several hundred thousand jabs a day, Billy Palmer looks at how the numbers that have received these jabs so far varies in different reg...

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Chart of the week: The rising tide of Covid-19 infections in our overcrowded prisons

Data story 19/01/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, with new data showing that coronavirus infections rose more rapidly across the prisoner population in December than they did across the general population, Dr Miranda Davies and Eilís...

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 14/01/2021Sarah Scobie

With another lockdown underway for most of the UK, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the pandemic. This explainer was originally published last May, was updated again in October, and has now been updated further to reflect the latest d...

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How are different countries balancing care during the latest Covid wave?

Blog post 07/12/2020Sarah Reed

Long read: Earlier this year, Sarah Reed assessed how different countries were trying to resume health services following the first wave of Covid-19. In this long read, she looks at how different health systems are coping with the dual challenge of winter and another wave of the cor...

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Are the needs of people with multiple long-term conditions being met?

Blog post 20/11/2020Lucina Rolewicz | Sarah Scobie

Health services face major challenges in meeting the requirements of people with long-term conditions like heart disease and diabetes – and these challenges multiply in those with multiple conditions. So what does the evidence have to say about whether people with long-term conditions themselves f...

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How has Covid-19 impacted on cardiovascular services and patients?

Blog post 21/10/2020Rachel Hutchings

The coronavirus has caused significant disruption to NHS services, which may have been particularly felt by those with a long-term condition. Rachel Hutchings takes a closer look at what it’s been like for people living with heart disease, and stresses the importance of understanding patients’ e...

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Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Blog post 08/10/2020Claudia Leone

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, our new report today discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so. Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some of the key findings.

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