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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 20/10/2020Sarah Scobie

As a second wave of Covid-19 infections is underway in the UK, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the pandemic. How do the numbers relate to the daily figures reported, and are all the extra deaths due to the coronavirus? This explainer...

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Digital and face-to-face consultations: finding the right balance

Blog post 21/09/2020Dr Rebecca Rosen

The issue of high demand for face-to-face GP appointments has been in the news recently, after a major shift towards remote consultations during the pandemic. Rebecca Rosen explores the matter further, and argues the case for balance and some key principles.

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Technology must be used in the best way for staff and patients

Blog post 07/09/2020Rachel Hutchings

While the acceleration in digital technology over the past few months has been applauded, Rachel Hutchings argues that just because things can be done digitally or remotely, it doesn’t mean that they always should. This blog was originally published in the HSJ on 27 August.

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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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A new era for A&E targets: what will be the impact of the new basket of measures?

Blog post 21/08/2020Jessica Morris | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

Long read: It was announced at the end of June that the four-hour A&E target will be replaced by a new basket of measures. But what might be the benefits and disadvantages of those new measures? Jessica Morris and Chris Sherlaw-Johnson run through the proposed A&E standards to see w...

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Chart of the week: disabled people more likely to use the internet for health-related activities than non-disabled people

Data story 13/08/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week we show that people with a disability are more likely to use the internet for health-related activities than non-disabled people. Given the impact of the pandemic on health services, wi...

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Chart of the week: Number of people waiting over a year for treatment has rocketed in months since onset of pandemic

Data story 15/07/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Sarah Scobie highlights the dramatic rise in the number of people waiting for treatment and suggests that the health...

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Chart of the week: The knowns and unknowns of NHS Test and Trace

Data story 07/07/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Billy Palmer looks at the available data on the NHS's much-discussed Test and Trace system – and finds this essent...

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Here to stay? How the NHS will have to learn to live with coronavirus

Briefing 02/06/2020

As the number of Covid-19 hospital admissions gradually declines, policy attention is turning to how the NHS can restart some more routine activities. But doing this while living alongside Covid-19 will involve major practical challenges that will need to be overcome. This new discussion paper by Ni...

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