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Pulling teeth: why have successive governments failed dentistry?

Blog post 12/08/2022Nigel Edwards

After a BBC investigation this week reported that nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service, Nigel Edwards describes some of the problems in the sector and how they could provide a warning for the unfolding crisis in GP...

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NHS staffing tracker

Resource 11/08/2022

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NHS Performance Summary: June-July 2022

Latest data 11/08/2022Jessica Morris

Our monthly round-up of the latest NHS performance data.

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Mountain to clear NHS waiting list keeps getting bigger

Press release 11/08/2022Nuffield Trust

Jessica Morris responds to the latest NHS performance statistics.

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Chart of the week: Varied progress being made on NHS staffing targets

Data story 11/08/2022

The remaining candidates to become the new leader of the Conservatives have said that they want to deliver on the party’s 2019 manifesto ambitions, which included various staffing targets for the NHS. But what progress is being made on those? Lucina Rolewicz takes a closer look.

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Patient-initiated follow-up: will it free up capacity in outpatient care?

Report 04/08/2022Sarah Reed | Nadia Crellin

With the number of outpatient hospital appointments in England recently as high as 125 million per year and a huge elective care backlog following the Covid-19 pandemic, patient-initiated follow-up on outpatient appointments has been touted as a potential solution in appropriate cases. But can it fr...

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Social care reform remains little more than an aspiration as workforce crisis deepens

Press release 04/08/2022Nuffield Trust

Natasha Curry responds to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee report on the long-term funding for Adult Social Care.

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Patient-initiated follow-up: does it work, why it matters, and can it help the NHS recover?

Explainer 04/08/2022

The NHS’s elective recovery strategy includes a target of moving 5% of outpatient attendances to patient-initiated follow-up (PIFU) pathways by March next year. But what exactly is PIFU? As the NHS prepares to scale it up nationally, Sarah Reed and Nadia Crellin explain more about what it is, the...

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Chart of the week: staff vacancies and shortfalls in the NHS

Data story 03/08/2022

After last week’s cross-party parliamentary report on the NHS and social care workforce painted a bleak picture on staffing vacancies, Billy Palmer describes how the word “vacancy” does not always reveal the full extent of the problem. He shows how more detailed data on nurses and midwives all...

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Failure to adequately plan for workforce putting patient care at risk

Press release 25/07/2022Nuffield Trust

Billy Palmer responds to the Health and Social Care Select Committee's report on the health and social care workforce.

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