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Getting the best out of remote consulting in general practice – practical challenges and policy opportunities

Report 29/06/2022Dr Rebecca Rosen | Claudia Leone

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a very sudden and widespread shift to remote consulting in general practice. While many patients and clinicians have welcomed the convenience, quality and safety of remote consulting, inherent tensions still exist in choosing between remote and face-to-face care when...

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Was the NHS overwhelmed last winter?

Report 28/06/2022Dr Elizabeth Fisher | Sarah Scobie

Throughout the pandemic, politicians and other policymakers have emphasised the need to protect the NHS from collapse or overwhelm: even before Covid-19, the health service struggled to stay above water given worsening capacity, staffing and demand issues, especially during the colder months. So wha...

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Placed at a premium? The use of recruitment and retention pay supplements to address staffing shortfalls

Report 01/06/2022Lucina Rolewicz | Billy Palmer

Regional variation in NHS staffing levels can lead to inequalities in health outcomes, care quality and people’s ability to access services. Our new analysis explores supplementary payments (also known as recruitment and retention premia), which have been used by NHS organisations across England o...

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Support at the end of life: The role of hospice services across the UK

Report 23/05/2022Eilís Keeble | Sarah Scobie | Rachel Hutchings

Covid-19 created huge disruption to end of life care services, with many thousands more people dying at home than previously. Hospices play a vital role supporting people and their families at the end of life, but little is known about how these services are being delivered and the issues they are g...

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Supporting patient engagement with digital health care innovations: Lessons from the Care City test bed

Report 05/05/2022Rachel Hutchings | Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

Health apps and digital tools have the potential to help alleviate some of the huge pressures the NHS faces from Covid-19, the backlog of care and rising demand. But introducing these tools into health care and supporting people to use them is never a quick fix, and they will not work for everyone....

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Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2021: Results from the British Social Attitudes survey

Report 30/03/2022Dan Wellings | Danielle Jefferies | David Maguire | John Appleby | Nina Hemmings | Jessica Morris | Laura Schlepper

Analysis of NatCen's 2021 British Social Attitudes survey by Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund shows a huge and unprecedented drop in public satisfaction with the NHS and its individual services, despite widespread support for the fundamental principles of the health service. So what's driving this...

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Health system recovery from Covid-19: International lessons for the NHS

Report 02/03/2022Sarah Reed | Laura Schlepper | Nigel Edwards

The challenges confronting the NHS in recovering from the pandemic are huge, with elective services that were scaled down during the worst of the crisis now with waiting lists of over 6 million patients. Yet worldwide, the pandemic has left even the most well-equipped health systems vulnerable. What...

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Digital primary care: Improving access for all? Rapid evidence review

Report 04/02/2022Dr Charlotte Paddison

With so many changes to way patients access care at their GP surgery, including a shift to online booking, 'total triage', and remote consultations - are these changes to primary care a move in the right direction? This evidence review looks at international and UK evidence to draws together key ins...

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Going it alone: health and Brexit in the UK

Report 20/12/2021Mark Dayan | Martha McCarey | Professor Tamara Hervey | Nick Fahy | Prof Scott L Greer | Holly Jarman | Ellen Stewart | Dan Bristow

After nearly a year out of the Single Market and Customs Union, Brexit is still fuelling uncertainty in many aspects of health and social care. This report looks at six key areas that are being impacted, what has already happened and what NHS, government and business figures expect for the future.

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Integrating health and social care: A comparison of policy and progress across the four countries of the UK

Report 14/12/2021Sarah Reed | Camille Oung | Jenny Davies | Mark Dayan | Sarah Scobie

The integration of health and social care has been a long-standing policy priority in each country of the UK. However, there is limited evidence these policies are delivering the results expected of them. This report looks at the impact of integration across the four countries and compares the polic...

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