Health & social care insight

This week...

We're reading: 'Collaborating on the wider determinants of health' - The Health Foundation Blog

who's talking about what matters


membership organisations

How does the NHS in England work?

What is social care and how does it work?

NHS Long Term Plan


NHS facts, stats and figures

NHS England / Improvement management team

The Chair of NHS England is Lord David Prior - the rest of the team are all listed here 

NHS Improvement's Chair is Baroness Dido Harding - her team are listed here

NHS mandate 2021 to 2022

The mandate to NHS England sets out the government’s objectives and budget for the public body. The latest mandate can be found here.

Improving population health

What does improving population health really mean? And what does it mean for the NHS?

Health at a Glance 2021: OECD Indicators

This biennial report provides the latest comparable data and trends on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. This year's report places emphasis on the health impact of Covid-19 in OECD countries.

Five Year Forward View

Launched in 2014, the NHS Five Year Forward View set out a new shared vision for the future of the NHS based around new models of care.

New NHS structure explained

The NHS is going through a significant reorganisation. The King's Fund's explanation of how the new system is being planned is an essential read. And this is their latest iteration of how the system will work 

Acronym Buster


Want the definitions of more than 700 commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the NHS? Browse our comprehensive list...

the Laura Wade-Gery review into data, digital & tech in the NHS

An important independent report, ‘Putting data, digital and tech at the heart of transforming the NHS’, which aims to build on the recent progress in the use of digital technology and ensure the centrality of its role in the transformation of the NHS and the improvement of health outcomes across the country.

Department of Health and Social Care

The DHSC is headed by Secretary of State, Sajid Javid. His ministers of state are: Edward Argar, Gillian Keegan (Care),  Maggie Throup (prevention, public health and primary care), Lord Kamall (innovation) and Maria Caulfield.

The DHSC site has the latest news, reports and policy documents. 

Shadow Health Cabinet and The Health & Social Care Parliamentary Committee

The Shadow Health Minister is Wes Streeting

The Commons Select Committee for health and social care is chaired by Jeremy Hunt

How should social care be funded?

Four principles that should apply to any funding approach.

Social care - under review?

Planned spending for the Department of Health and Social Care in England was £201.7 billion in 2020/21, up from £148.8 billion in 2019/20 - the DHSC is now announcing an extra £38 billion investment in the NHS and social care