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This explainer looks at how the health and care system can listen and learn from the people and communities they serve and the sources of information available to them. More recent contentWhat are you looking for?We provide insight on health and care policy and leadership through our courses, events, publications, projects, blogs and much moreSearch termApplyResearch and analysisDescription Independent views on health and care.Organisational developmentDescription Helping your organisation be fit for purpose and fit for the future.Health and care explainedDescription Helping you understand the big issues in health and care.EventsDescription Bringing people together to share knowledge, in person and online.ReportNHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, future The number of hospital beds in England has more than halved over the past 30 years. This explainer looks at data on hospital beds, explores the drivers underpinning the changes it shows, and considers whether further reductions to bed numbers are realistic. Long readWhat is happening to life expectancy in England? Veena Raleigh examines trends in life expectancy at birth up to 2020 and the impact of Covid-19 in 2020, gender differences, inequalities, causes of the changing trends since 2011, and how the UK’s life expectancy compares with other countries. Paid eventHealth and care explained virtual conference Data visualisationIntegrated care systems: how will they work under the Health and Care Bill? We've developed a diagram to show how integrated care systems will work under the proposals in the Health and Care Bill. Blog2021: the health policy year in 12 charts Despite Covid-19 dominating the year, there were plenty of other health and care policy headlines in 2021. Siva Anandaciva takes a look back at the key moments of the past year. ReportDirectors of public health and the Covid-19 pandemic: ‘A year like no other’ Directors of public health have had a unique viewpoint during the Covid-19 pandemic and have been at the forefront of making complex decisions about their local populations. Our new report explores their crucial role in leading the local response to the pandemic. Active projectOur work on the legislative agenda for health and care reform Explore our latest content and commentary aimed at helping you to make sense of the Health and Care Bill. Virtual events and conferencesLong readDeaths from Covid-19 (coronavirus): how are they counted and what do they show? Veena Raleigh examines the methods being used to count deaths from Covid-19 and discusses what the numbers to date show. Long readIntegrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods Integrated care services represent a fundamental shift in the way the health and care system is organised. This explainer looks at how these bodies are structured, how they are developing and what the future holds. ReportAssessing England’s response to Covid-19: A framework Learning the lessons from Covid-19 would allow England to better prepare for future pandemics, and understand the weaknesses and strengths of the health, care and public health systems. This framework sets out a structure to help untangle the complicated interactions between different elements of the response in England. Active projectThe NHS in a nutshell Essential facts and figures to understand how the NHS worksVideoWhat is population health? What is a 'population health' approach? And what role do we all play in keeping our communities healthy? Watch our new animation to find out. Data visualisationHealth inequalities in a nutshell Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different groups of people. Here we examine the key data on this complex and wide-ranging issue. 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