Ideas that change health and care Our mission statement Shaping policy and practice Developing individuals and organisations Sharing knowledge and debate Explaining health and care Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page AudioCovid-19, racism and the roots of health inequality How is Covid-19 repeating patterns of existing health inequalities? What factors are driving the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the health of ethnic minority populations? Helen McKenna sits down with Natalie Creary from Black Thrive and James Nazroo from the University of Manchester.Long readQuarterly monitoring report (QMR) 29: how is the NHS performing?Covid-19 has dramatically altered how NHS services and finances operate. Our 29th QMR looks at where the NHS expected to be at the end of 2019/20, where it actually finds itself in 2020/21, and what impact Covid-19 might have in the future.Long readThe road to renewal: five priorities for health and care Covid-19 is the biggest challenge the health and care system has faced in living memory; it's essential that lessons are learned from this experience. So how can the system build on this learning to bring about positive change and renewal? This long read sets out five priorities to help guide the approach to renewal across health and care. 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 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.Active projectLeading through Covid-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented timesThe health and care system is facing a huge challenge, placing enormous pressure on health and care staff with unprecedented demands on leaders, wherever they work. We want to know how we can help health and care leaders during the Covid-19 crisis.ReportMental health and primary care networks: understanding the opportunities This report, published jointly by The King’s Fund and the Centre for Mental Health, explores the opportunities the emergence of primary care networks creates for improving the support and treatment provided to people with mental health needs.Virtual events and conferencesCommissioned reportTechnology and innovation for long-term health conditions It has become received wisdom that the NHS struggles to adopt digital innovation, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, many NHS providers have moved services online at astonishing pace. Ben Collins looks at four digital innovations in health services from the UK and the Nordic countries.Feature'A long way to go': ethnic minority NHS staff share their storiesWhat is it like being a member of staff from an ethnic minority background in the NHS? We spoke to 12 people about their experiences.Active projectGSK IMPACT Awards The 2021 GSK IMPACT awards are now open for applications. The awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health.ReportWorkforce race inequalities and inclusion in NHS providers Despite having a diverse workforce, ethnic minority staff in the NHS continue to experience worse levels of bullying and a lack of opportunities for career progression. This report looks at how three NHS providers are working to better support staff and address these inequalities.Paid eventIntegrated care systems: where next? (virtual conference)BlogIt’s no longer enough to know, we must act: workforce race inequality in the NHS While the NHS is making progress on closing some race inequality gaps, there is room for improvement. Habib Naqvi discusses opportunities to support work around the Workforce Race Equality Standard.Long readFinancial debts and loans in the NHS In April 2020, the government announced it would write off more than £13 billion of historical NHS debt. This explainer brings together information on why this debt built up, how the write-off will work, and why this issue is important.BlogA hopeful moment? Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce The historical issues of institutional racism in the NHS have been brought sharply into focus by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recharged Black Lives Matter movement. Shilpa Ross outlines findings from our research into inequalities in the NHS and calls for action and allyship from white colleagues.Long readWhat is happening to life expectancy in the UK? 2011 marked a turning point in long-term mortality trends in the UK, with improvements tailing off after decades of steady decline. Veena Raleigh examines the trends in life expectancy.BlogTime to speak up: some necessary words about racism It’s time to speak up and challenge the individuals and cultures that perpetuate racism and racial injustice. Tracie Jolliff calls for collective action to support change.Online eventUsing data and analytics to underpin better health and care Long 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. BlogObesity: time for action What should a new government strategy on obesity look like? David Buck outlines what is needed to ensure this attempt is successful.Long readSocial care 360 Updated with 2018/19 data, our 360 review outlines and analyses 20 key trends in adult social care in England over recent years. Using a variety of publicly-available data, it provides a uniquely rounded – ‘360 degree’ – view of the sector.The NHS explained: how the health system in England really works: Online courseOur free four-week online course starts on 29 June 2020 and will build your understanding of the NHS — its inner workings, current and future challenges, and how it all fits together. Press release'By shutting out overseas staff, the government has increased the pressure on itself to urgently develop and fund reforms' to the care sector: The King's Fund responds to new immigration rules Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development at The King’s Fund, comments on the new list of occupations eligible for the health and care visa. Active projectThe King's Fund position: what do we think about key health and care issues?Do you want to know what The King’s Fund thinks about the big issues in health and care? Here we set out our views on a range of topics, based on our research and policy analysis as well as the work we do with individuals and organisations in the health and care system. Now including our position on mental health, public health and integrated care.ReportNHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, futureThe number of NHS hospital beds in England has more than halved over the past 30 years. This briefing examines the data on hospital beds, explores the drivers underpinning the changes observed and considers whether STPs’ proposed bed reductions are realistic.Long readCritical care services in the English NHS Critical care capacity has been described as ‘the number to watch’ during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This new explainer looks at the number of critical care beds, how critical care units work and how they are staffed.Our strategic priorities for 2020–24 Our work spans the breadth of health and care policy and practice, giving us a unique understanding of the strategic context for health and care now and in the future. VideoWhat 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.