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Social care funding: complex but not impossible

Blog post 02/08/2021Natasha Curry | Laura Schlepper

Debate over social care reform in England continues to focus on funding, with the recent suggestion of a rise in national insurance contributions the latest to seemingly become politically difficult. So is a solution to this thorny issue impossible? Natasha Curry and Laura Schlepper argue that count...

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Will the third Covid-19 wave overwhelm the NHS?

Blog post 26/07/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19 restrictions in England may now have been lifted, but it is very clear that the pandemic is not yet over. The numbers of people admitted to hospital have been increasing in recent weeks, as have deaths from the virus. This explainer from Sarah Scobie looks at what the third wave might mean...

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Plans for social care reform must not leave unpaid carers out in the cold

Blog post 02/07/2021Dr Charlotte Paddison

Seven in 10 unpaid carers have provided more care during the pandemic, but at what cost to them? As the debate about social care reform continues to focus on a potential cap on care costs, Charlotte Paddison argues that unpaid carers must not be forgotten.

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Chart of the week: The performance of NHS Test and Trace in its first year

Data story 11/06/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. A year since the launch of NHS Test and Trace, Billy Palmer takes a closer look at the performance of the programme in its first 12 months.

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Chart of the week: The pathway to cancer diagnosis

Data story 27/05/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With the pandemic having had a significant impact on cancer services, in this week’s chart Jenny Davies looks at how the numbers of cancer diagnoses have changed since last March.

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Friday FAQs: James Hadlow and Mike Bedford

Blog post 21/05/2021Dr James Hadlow | Dr Mike Bedford

For this edition of Friday FAQs, we spoke to Dr James Hadlow, Associate Medical Director for the Remote and Rural Strategy at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Mike Bedford, who is the Chief Clinical Information Officer at the same trust. They discussed the particular healt...

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Implementing technology in health and social care: lessons from the Care City test bed

Blog post 06/05/2021Rachel Hutchings

The increased use of technology has been vital in how health and social care services have responded to Covid-19, and it will play a key role in the recovery from the pandemic too. As we today publish new research on making the best use of digital health innovations, Rachel Hutchings highlights thre...

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Ongoing woes: the difficulties of the social care provider market

Blog post 16/04/2021Camille Oung

The problems in social care were very clear before Covid-19, but the pandemic has compounded the sector’s troubles. Alongside our new research today, the report’s co-author Camille Oung discusses how the market for care is not easy to navigate for either policy-makers or the public, and stresses...

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Social Care COVID Recovery & Resilience: Learning from international responses

Project 01/04/2021

We are working with colleagues at the London School of Economics to learn from how social care systems in different countries faced Covid-19, and are beginning to recover.

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 24/03/2021Sarah Scobie

With a year having passed since the start of the first lockdown, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the Covid-19 pandemic. This explainer was originally published last May, was updated again in October and in January, and has now been u...

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