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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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Resuming health services during the Covid-19 pandemic: What can the NHS learn from other countries?

Report 24/07/2020Sarah Reed

As the country deals with the easing of lockdown restrictions and a slow decline in Covid-19 cases, health services are attempting to return to some form of pre-pandemic normality – yet demand for services remains anything but predictable. Our new briefing looks at what approaches other countries...

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Strategic health authorities and regions: lessons from history

Report 02/07/2020Nigel Edwards | Helen Buckingham

With NHS England and NHS Improvement now a single entity, having seven regional teams to carry out work on the ground, what can be learned from previous incarnations of the NHS that relied on regional bodies? A new report by Nigel Edwards and Helen Buckingham asks the people who were there to provid...

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Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2019: Results and trends from the British Social Attitudes survey

Report 03/04/2020John Appleby | Nina Hemmings | David Maguire | Jessica Morris | Laura Schlepper | Dan Wellings

Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund's latest analysis of the NatCen Social Research survey exploring the public's views shows satisfaction with the NHS jumped to 60% in 2019 – several months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. So what might explain this turnaround from previous years which h...

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Achieving scale and spread: Learning for innovators and policy-makers

Report 05/03/2020Nina Hemmings | Rachel Hutchings | Sophie Castle-Clarke | Billy Palmer

In recent years, a significant number of innovators have forged ways to scale and spread innovation in the NHS. However, despite some existing work in this area, less is known about how to achieve greater scale and spread beyond early adopters. The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the NHS Innovati...

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Locked out? Prisoners' use of hospital care

Report 26/02/2020Dr Miranda Davies | Lucina Rolewicz | Laura Schlepper | Femi Fagunwa

It is widely known that prisons in England are crowded and facing severe difficulties, but the health and health care use of the prisoners within has received little attention. Drawing on over 110,000 patient hospital records for prisoners at 112 prisons, this study provides the most in-depth look t...

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Hindsight 2020: Lessons on setting targets in health and social care

Report 08/01/2020Billy Palmer | Helen Buckingham | Nadia Crellin | Camille Oung

After the 2015 general election, the NHS and social care were set a number of targets on where they needed to be by 2020. Now that year has started, this briefing looks at how they have fared over that time, looking at a sample of key targets. Which have been met, which are being missed, and which b...

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Stopping the staff we need? Migration choices in the 2019 general election

Report 04/12/2019Mark Dayan | Billy Palmer

Both Labour and the Conservatives have recognised the vital importance in this election of solving the staffing crisis that threatens the NHS and social care. But policies to end the current system of free movement from Europe after Brexit could cause a major slowdown in migration towards vital jobs...

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Social care: the action we need

Report 28/11/2019Natasha Curry | Nina Hemmings | Camille Oung | Eilís Keeble

Social care in England is at a crossroads. All three major political parties in the 2019 general election have recognised in their manifestos that the social care system is in need of change. So what needs to be done?

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