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Transparent processes with a human touch: the essentials of good waiting list management

Blog post 11/05/2021Dr Rebecca Rosen

As record numbers of people wait for planned treatment, how to manage and prioritise NHS waiting lists will not be easy. Rebecca Rosen describes five ways in which the process can best respond to the emotional and practical needs of patients and staff. There are also a number of ethical issues to co...

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Questions of fairness: how should the NHS prioritise people waiting for care?

Blog post 11/05/2021Rachel Hutchings | Dr Polly Mitchell

Before Covid-19, the NHS waiting list was not insignificant, but the effects of the pandemic have led to record numbers waiting for treatment – including many more waiting over a year. With an accompanying blog from Rebecca Rosen looking at the practical challenges involved in managing and priorit...

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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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Stillbirths and other adverse outcomes for babies in Britain during the pandemic

Blog post 04/05/2021Dr Elizabeth Fisher

Covid-19’s impact on all health services has caused concern about its effect on those whose health need is nothing to do with the virus – worries that have extended to maternity care. In this blog, Liz Fisher assesses the evidence around stillbirths and other adverse outcomes for babies in Brita...

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Special measures for quality: a Q&A on the impact of improvement interventions in NHS trusts

Blog post 21/04/2021Prof Naomi Fulop | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

For this Q&A we spoke to Naomi Fulop and Chris Sherlaw-Johnson about their work evaluating improvement interventions in NHS trusts who were in special measures for quality. Since their report was published, a new oversight framework has been proposed that will mean significant changes to the current...

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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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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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