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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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Covid-19 and the deaths of care home residents

Blog post 17/02/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19’s impact on care homes has been well documented. Nearly a year since the start of the pandemic, this explainer from Sarah Scobie looks in more detail at new data on the deaths of care home residents. The numbers have exposed the fragile state that the care sector was in before the pandemi...

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Vaccinating unpaid carers: the need for a clear plan

Blog post 16/02/2021Dr Charlotte Paddison

The role of unpaid carers has been more vital than ever during the pandemic, but there has been variation so far in how such carers have been identified ahead of the Covid-19 jab. With more details set to emerge on how carers will be identified and contacted for their vaccines, Charlotte Paddison ar...

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What does the GP workforce look like now?

Blog post 12/02/2021Lucina Rolewicz

There is a commitment to have 6,000 new GPs by 2025, but are we on track to meet it? Lucina Rolewicz takes a closer look at the latest numbers, and how general practice is very much not just about doctors.

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How has Covid-19 changed the evaluation landscape?

Blog post 25/01/2021Nadia Crellin | John Appleby

The coronavirus has brought significant and speedy changes to how health care services are delivered. That has further highlighted the need for rapid evaluations, with evaluators under pressure to produce timely findings to support decisions. Ahead of this week’s rapid evaluation in health care co...

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Five traps to avoid in a new round of NHS legislation

Blog post 18/01/2021Mark Dayan | Helen Buckingham | Natasha Curry | Sarah Reed | Nigel Edwards | Dr Elizabeth Fisher | Camille Oung

Long read: With proposals having been made for a significant legislative overhaul of the English health service, in this long read we look at both history and current trends to highlight the traps that need to be avoided if any reforms are to be successful.

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 14/01/2021Sarah Scobie

With another lockdown underway for most of the UK, Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the pandemic. This explainer was originally published last May, was updated again in October, and has now been updated further to reflect the latest d...

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To solitude: Learning from other countries on how to improve compliance with self-isolation

Blog post 12/01/2021Sarah Reed | Billy Palmer

Long read: The Covid-19 vaccination campaign brings much hope, but it’s clear that for the foreseeable future we also very much need to control transmission. One key way to do so is effective self-isolation, but data suggests that adherence in the UK with self-isolation rules is l...

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What should we expect for medical supplies in 2021?

Blog post 30/12/2020Martha McCarey

Martha McCarey follows on from our recent report on the impact of Brexit on health in the UK by assessing what we should now look out for on medical products. This blog was originally published on 30 December, and has been updated to reflect that the UK has now left the EU single market.

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