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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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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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Safe delivery? The main challenges for the NHS in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine

Blog post 27/01/2021Helen Buckingham

As the UK’s vaccination programme against Covid-19 escalates, Helen Buckingham takes a closer look at the main issues for the NHS during its biggest ever vaccine campaign. This blog was originally published on 8 December and has now been updated to reflect the latest data.

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