Health & social care insight

This week...

We're reading The Nuffield Trust's NHS Workforce in Numbers - it's a really interesting overview of every kind of job in the NHS.

King's Fund's Six Key Questions on the Health and Care Bill and their response to the proposed tax levy for NHS and Social Care


How does the NHS in England work?

NHS facts, stats and figures

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

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

What is social care and how does it work?

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.

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.

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 Jonathan Ashworth

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

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.

How should social care be funded?

Four principles that should apply to any funding approach.

who's talking about what matters

Acronym Buster

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


Leadership organisations

Improving population health

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

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.