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Violence in the NHS

Indicator 17/09/2020

We examine staff and patient experiences of violence in the NHS.

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Chart of the week: Home deaths account for as many excess deaths since start of the pandemic as deaths in care homes

Data story 16/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week Sarah Scobie looks at the continued high numbers of people dying at home, even as hospital deaths return to close-to-average levels, and discusses what reasons might lie behind the cont...

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NHS performance summary: July – August 2020

Latest data 10/09/2020Jenny Davies

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

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Nuffield Trust: Health services can’t work fast enough against built-up demand following Covid-19 shutdown

Press release 10/09/2020Nuffield Trust

John Appleby responds to the latest NHS combined performance figures from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Chart of the week: What effect will the return to schools and universities have on infection outbreaks this autumn?

Data story 10/09/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. As children return to schools this week and universities prepare to open their doors later this month, we look back at national reporting of acute respiratory infection outbreaks to see what prev...

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A social care cap must sit alongside reform to the entire system

Blog post 09/09/2020Natasha Curry

Often mentioned as one possible solution to social care’s problems is a cap on how much an individual would have to pay towards their care over a lifetime. But would it help fix the sector’s woes? Natasha Curry gives the expert view. This blog was originally published in Prospect on 7 September.

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Technology must be used in the best way for staff and patients

Blog post 07/09/2020Rachel Hutchings

While the acceleration in digital technology over the past few months has been applauded, Rachel Hutchings argues that just because things can be done digitally or remotely, it doesn’t mean that they always should. This blog was originally published in the HSJ on 27 August.

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How long must we wait?

Blog post 04/09/2020Prof. Deirdre Heenan | Mark Dayan

Rebuilding any health system after Covid-19 will be difficult, but it could be an even tougher task in Northern Ireland. Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan assess the impact of the pandemic on an already beleaguered health system, and argue that support and goodwill for the NHS over the past months must...

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Children and young people’s emergency care during Covid-19: what have we learned?

Blog post 02/09/2020Dr Elizabeth Fisher

A&E attendances by children and young people have gone down since Covid-19 started, but what does that tell us? Liz Fisher takes a closer look at the numbers, and describes the importance of knowing more about what parents and young people chose to do rather than access emergency care.

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Chart of the week: Sickness absence rates in the NHS in April were at their highest since records began

Data story 28/08/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week Lucina Rolewicz reveals that the staff absence rate in the NHS in April was the highest since records began – exceeding even winter peaks of sickness absence over the last 11 years. A...

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