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Chart of the week: Pillars of strength? The capacity and veracity of our national testing programme

Data story 05/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With news of thousands of Covid-19 cases going unreported for a week, Billy Palmer looks at the overall capacity of our testing programme across its various pillars, and considers how this is tra...

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Chart of the week: Covid-19 test and trace programme is still a leaky system

Data story 22/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With the delayed NHS Covid contact tracing app slated to launch later this week, Billy Palmer takes another look at the pipeline of the test and trace programme, and finds a system still weighed...

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Chart of the week: Home deaths account for as many excess deaths since start of the pandemic as deaths in care homes

Data story 16/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week Sarah Scobie looks at the continued high numbers of people dying at home, even as hospital deaths return to close-to-average levels, and discusses what reasons might lie behind the cont...

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North Central London adult elective orthopaedic services review: Nuffield Trust assessment against the Mayor’s six tests

Report 16/09/2020Sally Gainsbury | Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham | Dr Simona Baracaia | Dr Rebecca Rosen

In 2017, following the Nuffield Trust/King's Fund report into London’s five sustainability and transformation plans, the Mayor announced six tests to be met before support could be given to any health service reconfiguration proposals in London. The Nuffield Trust was recently commissioned by the...

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Chart of the week: What effect will the return to schools and universities have on infection outbreaks this autumn?

Data story 10/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. As children return to schools this week and universities prepare to open their doors later this month, we look back at national reporting of acute respiratory infection outbreaks to see what prev...

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How long must we wait?

Blog post 04/09/2020Prof. Deirdre Heenan | Mark Dayan

Rebuilding any health system after Covid-19 will be difficult, but it could be an even tougher task in Northern Ireland. Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan assess the impact of the pandemic on an already beleaguered health system, and argue that support and goodwill for the NHS over the past months must...

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The impact of Covid-19 on the use of digital technology in the NHS

Report 27/08/2020Rachel Hutchings

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the adoption of digital technology in the NHS and changes to the way services are delivered at an incredible pace. So as the health service works hard to get back to something like normality, are all the elements of this sea change in digital practice positive,...

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Maternity services in smaller hospitals: a call to action

Report 25/08/2020Nigel Edwards | Louella Vaughan | Billy Palmer

In rural and remote areas, the closure of maternity units can mean longer transfer times and poorer support for obstetric emergencies, but the viability of smaller maternity units is often questioned. This working paper discusses the issues affecting the delivery of safe and effective maternity serv...

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Chart of the week: The proportion of people waiting more than 18 weeks for planned treatment has rocketed since Covid-19

Data story 19/08/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week Sarah Reed and Sarah Scobie look at the powerful effect that the pandemic has had on performance against the 18-week target for planned treatment in England.

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The people's plans?

Blog post 12/08/2020Helen Buckingham

New NHS England guidance has been coming thick and fast in recent weeks. But during a crucial time for the service as it gets back on its feet after the shock of the pandemic, can the long list of expectations on services and managers really be reasonably met? A new blog from Helen Buckingham argues...

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