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After eight years of austerity, there is now an opportunity to tackle the issues that matter most to patients and communities and to improve health and care.Active projectGSK IMPACT Awards The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. The 2019 awards are now open for applications, find out more about how to enter. More recent contentResearch and analysisIndependent views on health and care.Organisational developmentHelping your organisation be fit for purpose and fit for the future.Health and care explainedHelping you understand the big issues in health and care.EventsBringing people together to share knowledge, in person and online.What are you looking for?We provide insight on health and care policy and leadership through our courses, events, publications, projects, blogs and much moreSearch termApplyActive projectMortality rates in the UK: why are improvements in life expectancy slowing down? With life expectancy lower and improvements in mortality rates weaker in the UK than in many European countries, we want to establish what's happening, why and what can be done to reverse these trends. The NHS explained: how the health system in England really works: Online courseSign up for our free four-week online course which will build your understanding of the NHS — its inner workings, current and future challenges, and how it all fits together.AudioThe NHS at 70: blow out the candles and make a wish A podcast about big ideas in health and care. Episode four: as the NHS turns 70, what state is it in? What will it look like in another 70 years? Helen McKenna talks about how the NHS is changing with Don Berwick, Ceinwen Giles and Siva Anandaciva.BlogFrom lab to bedside: ensuring new medicines are available in a cost-effective and timely way David Omojomolo explores the challenge of offering new medicines within current financial restraints. Press releaseThe King's Fund comments on Local Government Association's social care Green Paper Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, comments on the Local Government Association's Green Paper for adult social care. BlogThe NHS app: will it work? Matt Honeyman considers the opportunities and challenges ahead for the NHS’s national app due by the end of 2018.BlogThe NHS 10-year plan: how much will be spent on NHS deficits? Richard Murray calls for the reform of the NHS’s current Byzantine financial system. SlideshowLeadership in today's NHS: infographics These infographics illustrate some of the key statistics when it comes to leadership in today's NHS. ReportLeadership in today's NHS: delivering the impossibleLeaders in today’s NHS operate in a climate of extreme pressure. Staffing vacancies are rife, there are widespread challenges in meeting financial and performance targets and demands on services continue to increase. What can be done to support current leaders and encourage future ones?BlogThe changing shape of NHS finances As austerity and widespread staffing shortages began to bite over the past decade, the finances of NHS providers often took a familiar shape each year. But more recently this pattern of financial performance has been increasingly pulled out of shape and distorted.Paid eventReducing long stays in hospitals: how to prepare properly for winter and learn from past pressuresReportThe public and the NHS: what's the deal? In March 2018 The King’s Fund and Ipsos MORI carried out a series of discussion events with the public to explore people's views on the relationship between the public and the NHS. This report sets out the findings.ReportHow is the NHS performing? June 2018 quarterly monitoring report Although we have technically moved out of winter, the latest performance data paints a picture of continuing pressure on NHS staff and services. While A&E departments understandably received much of the focus over the winter months, a quieter decline continues in waiting times for planned (elective) care. ReportDigital change in health and social care The use of digital technology in health and social care can improve quality, efficiency and patient experience as well as supporting more integrated care and improving the health of a population. This report shares practical learning from a series of case studies where significant large-scale digital change is happening. VideoHow does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide Watch our animation for a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it’s changing. The NHS at 70 To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from The King's Fund, the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions about the NHS.