Health & social care insight

This week...

We're reading the Times investigation into how the worst care providers turn a profit.

We're watching the BBC Panorama on vaccines and the disinformation war.

We're listening to the Guardian's podcast on whether Covid is causing a new north-south divide.

How does the NHS in England work?

NHS facts, stats and figures

What does the UK spend on health and social care?

In 2016 the UK spent £208bn on health and social care - but where exactly does that money go?

NHS England management team

Who you need to know at NHSE.

What is social care and how does it work?

About CCGs

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area. There are now 195 CCGs in England.

NHS Long Term Plan

In January 2019, NHS England launched the NHS Long Term Plan - a plan to create a service fit for the future.

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.

STPs explained

NHS organisations and local authorities in different parts of England have come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area.


Making sense of integrated care

Getting your Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) confused with your Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)? And where do Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) fit into all this? Make sense of the latest developments in integrated care with our updated long read.

Primary care home model

An innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care.

Primary Care Home

What is social prescribing?

And how does it fit in with wider health and social care policy?

membership bodies: health

Voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors

This report explores how and why CCGs and local authorities are engaging with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Improving population health

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

NHS structure explained

Here we provide an overview of the core organisations and their roles.

Department of Health and Social Care

Find out who's who and keep up to date with the latest news, reports and policy documents from the DHSC office.

The NHS in numbers

NHS mandate 2018 to 2019

The mandate to NHS England sets out the government’s objectives and budget for the public body.

How should social care be funded?

Four principles that should apply to any funding approach.

who's talking about what matters

The Topol Review

Exploring how to prepare the healthcare workforce, through education and training, to deliver the digital future

NHS Reform Timeline

An interactive timeline which brings 70 years of reform and change in the NHS to life, charting the evolution of this public institution from its inception in the post-war years through to the present day.

sharing best practice

Acronym Buster

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

Fixing the Care Crisis

Damian Green MP outlines his vision for the future of social care.

Shadow Health Cabinet

The ministers holding Matt Hancock et al. to account.


New models of care

New models of care act as blueprints for the NHS moving forward.

What on earth is a vanguard?


Published in 2016, the GP Forward View outlines plans to improve patient care and access, and invest in new ways of providing primary care.

Leadership organisations

Healthier Fleetwood

The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

Department of Health & Social Care policy paper published 17 October 2018