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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. Blog What has Covid-19 taught us about supporting workforce mental health and wellbeing? The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed gaps in psychosocial support for health care workers. Mary Docherty, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London, considers the action needed to address those gaps and meet the needs of the workforce in the future. Blog Resilience is much more than hospital beds A resilient health and care system is about more than national action. Sally Warren shares a vision for building local resilience that would allow the health and care system to respond effectively to future crises. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog Why are improvements in life expectancy slowing in the United Kingdom and across Europe? In an international collaboration, The King's Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examine the role of cardiovascular disease in changes in life expectancy. Blog Checking the system’s blind spots: prioritising the community response to Covid-19 Much media attention has been paid to how acute services are tackling Covid-19, but what about community health and care services? Anna Charles considers the impact of the outbreak on these often overlooked services and the role they might play in the next phase of the response. Blog Capitalising on the offer of help – volunteering in the Covid-19 crisis The number of people stepping up to volunteer during the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the headlines, but what role are they playing? Helen Gilburt considers the how volunteers are supporting the current response and what that might mean for volunteering in the future. Blog Learning from Grenfell: how can services better work with the communities they serve? As health and care services rapidly transform to tackle the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Sally Warren considers the value of working with and within communities to drive change, drawing on the lessons learnt in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy. Blog Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019 – why? Dan Wellings and John Appleby consider how staff satisfaction, patient experience and recent funding announcements may have influenced public satisfaction with the NHS. Blog Homelessness, health and housing: joining up services Nicholas Pleace at the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York considers how housing and health can better support those sleeping rough, through collaboration between the two sectors, strong leadership and a willingness to listen. Blog Responding to the evidence on inequalities in health: what's needed now? David Buck calls for action after two reports on public health highlight the need for progress around health inequalities. Blog Learning the lessons from Grenfell: ‘our stories and our voice’ The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath have revealed that public sector organisations do not always adequately serve local communities. In this guest blog, authors from Grenfell United reflect on the importance of sharing stories and real engagement at all levels to build trust and ensure meaningful support. Blog Cardiovascular disease and population health: thinking beyond the hospital ward What role do doctors have to play in improving population health? Aseem Malhotra considers the responsibility they have not only to their patients, but also to their hospital, the wider NHS and the population as a whole. Blog The reality of leading for population health: starting with A, B, C Where’s the best place to start when thinking about population health? Durka Dougall shares some learning from the Fund’s work to date. Blog Social care can’t cope alone with the cost of the living wage The rise in the national living wage will stretch adult social care beyond its limit, says Simon Bottery. More money – and a more strategic approach to the social care workforce – is needed. Blog What can we learn from the updated GP contract? After an intense debate between NHS England and the BMA, an updated GP contract has finally been agreed. Richard Murray outlines four reasons why the contract marks a significant moment for health and care in general as well as general practice. Blog What does the 2019 NHS Staff Survey truly tell us about how staff needs are being met? Michael West looks at what the results of the latest NHS Staff Survey tell us about staff experiences of autonomy, collaboration and competence and considers the importance of meeting these needs. Blog ‘Our NHS people matter’ – five years of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) As the fifth annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data report is published, Yvonne Coghill, Director of the WRES Implementation Team at NHS England, looks at race equality progress over time. Blog How can health and care services better support people who sleep rough? People who sleep rough experience significantly worse health outcomes than the general population and face barriers to accessing services. Julia Cream reflects on her visit to Street Health, a project successfully reaching and supporting people sleeping rough in Mansfield. Blog It’s the Year of the Nurse, but will 2020 see nursing student numbers recover? The NHS currently has almost 44,000 nursing vacancies in hospitals. Will recent measures help address the current nursing workforce crisis? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.