Health & social care insight

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 and how it works

At a glance NHS and social care, structure, funding how it works in a nutshell - from the King's Fund

Workforce numbers

NHS England management team

The Chair of NHS England is Richard Meddings - the rest of the team is listed here.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have merged  as a single organisation since 1 April 2019 - now NHS Digital and NHS X have also been merged into NHS England

NHS mandate 2022 to 2023

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 2021/23: 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.

The NHS budget and how it has changed

An explainer from The King's Fund that lays out how funding for health services in England works, and how it has changed over the years.

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 Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is Steve Barclay

The ministers include Will Quince, Health and Secondary care,

Helen Whately, Social Care

Neil O'Brien Primary Care and Public Health 

Maria Caulfield, Mental Health and Women's Health Strategy

Nick Markham CBE  Minister for the Lords

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 Steve Brine

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