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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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Forget Brexit at your peril: how it will affect the NHS in 2021

Blog post 23/03/2021Mark Dayan | Martha McCarey

Long read: Much has happened since the UK left the single market and customs union at the start of the year, not least another dreadful wave of Covid-19 and the headlines being dominated by the vaccine rollout on either side of the Channel. But with Brexit already having an effect...

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Where does the 2021 Budget leave the NHS and social care?

Blog post 15/03/2021Nigel Edwards

For health and social care, the recent Budget was more notable for what it did not say than what it did. With a plan for the long-term recovery of services seemingly absent, Nigel Edwards looks at what it all means. This blog was originally published in the BMJ on 10 March.

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Rapidly prioritising innovations in adult social care for evaluation: a Q&A with Dr Holly Walton

Blog post 15/03/2021Dr Holly Walton

Dr Holly Walton is co-author of new research published last week on rapidly prioritising innovations in adult social care for evaluation. In this Q&A we ask her more about the work, including the benefits and drawbacks of doing the research at such speed, and the possible lessons for researchers wan...

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Social care reform: running out of time and money?

Blog post 12/03/2021Nina Hemmings | Camille Oung

Social care was conspicuous by its absence in last week’s Budget, despite the troubled sector being just weeks away from having vital financial support removed. With the issue of reform also evaded once more, Nina Hemmings and Camille Oung assess where things stand.

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Evidence and science in health policy: Nigel Edwards Q&A

Blog post 09/03/2021Nigel Edwards

The past year has thrust the relationship between evidence and policy-making into the spotlight. With the subject under debate at this year’s Summit series, before the event we asked Nigel Edwards for his views on it. When are health policy-makers most and least likely to listen to the evidence an...

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The end of an era? Brexit’s impact on the UK’s scientific successes

Blog post 04/03/2021Mark Dayan

For almost 50 years, the NHS benefited from easy access to a large market, meaning it’s been first in the queue for the latest innovations. But what impact might Brexit have on medicines, medical devices and life sciences in the UK? Mark Dayan explains, in a blog that was first published in the BM...

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What do the new legislative proposals mean for the NHS?

Blog post 03/03/2021Nigel Edwards

The recent white paper set out significant changes for the health service, but are there tensions and risks ahead? Nigel Edwards gives the expert view. This blog was originally published in the BMJ on 15 February.

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Evidence in extraordinary times

Blog post 25/02/2021Nigel Edwards

The pandemic has meant that we could not this year hold our annual Health Policy Summit in the usual way, but our first ever virtual Summit series (March 9-18) offers the opportunity to open up the event in a way we could not achieve in a single room. With session registrations now open, Nigel Edwar...

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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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