Helping ICSs to reduce inequalities in access to planned care
Long read
27th September 2022

Are there inequalities in access to planned care? If so, what are they? Which groups ‘gain’ and which groups suffer? And what could be done to address any inequalities? In pursuing their objective of reducing inequalities, what could Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) do? What strategies and approaches are likely to be successful?

Infant-feeding problems during the pandemic
Blog post
4th August 2022

Emergency department attendances fell dramatically and systematically during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. This effect was almost universal, affecting people from all parts of society and for all health conditions. But in our recent paper we highlight one notable exception to this rule -presentations at Emergency Departments for infant-feeding problems increased during the pandemic.

The bigger picture
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16th October 2020

Today, the Health Foundation launched the REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term), an incredibly important initiative to improve long-term planning for health and social care.  The centre’s launch report, the bigger picture, has a simple premise; that if we can understand the changes that have taken place in health and social care and the factors that have driven these changes, then we might be better placed to plan for the future.  The report is based on a detailed and rigorous

What can the NHS learn from the EU
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7th January 2019

What could NHS policy makers learn from the European Union?

There is a fundamental tension at the heart of European policy making: when should actions be led at the European level and when should they be led locally? And, where actions are led locally, what support could European agencies provide to add value to these local efforts?  

Over the decades, the European Union (EU) has developed principles and practices to manage this tension. This blog suggests that the English NHS could learn from these experiences.

In particular, it suggests that the NHS could: