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Siva Anandaciva takes a look back at the key moments of the past year. Blog Another year, another variant, but what lies in store for the NHS and social care in 2022? Richard Murray has a sense of déjà vu as he writes his 2022 New Year blog. Covid-19 will bring challenges to implementing the many changes in store for the health and care system this year, but the biggest challenge is tackling the workforce shortage – a challenge the government has so far refused to face. Blog NHS England and tackling inequalities: times are changing David Buck and Toby Lewis consider the opportunities of NHS England’s new ‘Core20plus5’ approach to tackling health inequalities, and reflect on how the NHS begins to adapt its role and work more strongly with others to tackle the root causes as well as symptoms. Blog The social care White Paper: not wrong, just not moving far enough in the right direction The government’s White Paper has done little to dispel concerns that reform of adult social care is faltering, says Simon Bottery. Blog Doing a lot more with only slightly more: the NHS’s Covid-19 recovery and public expectations The NHS is facing the challenges of growing waiting lists, missed performance targets and a severe workforce shortage. How will public attitudes towards the health service change if the taxpayer-funded increase in health spending doesn’t result in improvements? Blog Four tests for the government's vision of adult social care Despite the recent criticism, the government’s proposed social care reforms are still a step forward, says Simon Bottery, but the acid test will be its imminent White Paper. Blog What will 'better' elective care look like in the future? The current rhetoric from ministers is that waits for elective care will ‘get worse before they get better’. But what will the ‘better’ part of ‘build back better’ look like for elective care? Blog NHS waiting lists: how big is big? Finding it difficult to visualise the size of the elective care challenge facing the NHS? Deborah Ward explains how big ‘big’ really is. Blog Covid-19 and the UK's health care performance: how does it compare on the international stage? Veena Raleigh examines the latest international health statistics from OECD's Health at a glance 2021. Blog The Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021: what was announced and what does it mean for health and care spending? Siva Anandaciva brings together the recent announcements on health and care spending from the Autumn Budget and Spending Review. Blog The power of those small acts of kindness Mark Doughty shares a personal story, revealing the value and power of compassionate care and leadership at all levels. Blog What does the new Health and Care Bill mean for NHS financial management? What changes will the Health and Care Bill bring to financial planning in the NHS? Siva Anandaciva looks at where and how decisions about money in the NHS will be made. Blog The latest on the NHS estate The backlog of maintenance problems and the poor state of NHS buildings could have an impact on the ability of the service to tackle the backlog of care. Siva Anandaciva outlines why the state of NHS estate matters. Blog The Health and Care Levy: what was announced and what does it mean for health spending? Siva Anandaciva brings together the recent announcements on health and care spending, and considers what the numbers might mean in practice and what might be in store in the upcoming Spending Review. Blog How much longer and further are health inequalities set to rise? The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities faces unprecedented challenges Veena Raleigh considers the widening gaps in life expectancy between people in the most- and least-deprived areas of England. How will the newly launched Office for Health Improvement and Disparities face these challenges? Blog The recipe for success at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities: tackling the wider determinants of health How can the new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities maximise its chances of success? Sally Warren thinks the answer is building its influence across Whitehall, and across regions and local areas to tackle the wider determinants of health. Blog Tackling the elective backlog – exploring the relationship between deprivation and waiting times With the elective care backlog on the rise, Jonathon Holmes and Danielle Jefferies explore the relationship between waiting lists and deprivation and consider the causes and potential solutions. Blog Raising the levy: will the new health and social care tax work? Richard Murray gives his take on the new health and social care levy, and what’s needed to make sure this new funding delivers real change. Blog Fixing social care is not all about a cap on costs Evidence from around the world shows that a cap on costs is only one of several measures that will determine whether England moves towards a better social care system, writes Simon Bottery. Blog A combined health and care levy could create as many problems as it solves Siva Anandaciva outlines why a health and care levy might not be enough to address the workforce challenges and growing waiting lists the NHS and social care are currently facing. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.