Health and care explained

Making sense of the health and care system

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The English health and care system can be confusing and complex. Here, we bring together some of our most popular work to explain and explore this system, how it works and how it's changing.

Key resources

From our animations to our essential nutshell explainers, this section brings together our key health and care explained resources.


Data visualisation: the NHS in a nutshell

Only have five minutes? Our nutshell explainers are quick-read guides that tell the story behind the figures to help you understand the NHS, health and social care in England.

How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing?

Watch: The King's Fund animations

Covering everything from population health to NHS funding, our animations will help you understand the health and care system in England.


Resource: Health and care defined

The health and care policy landscape is constantly evolving and the language that we use to describe this landscape changes along with it. This jargon buster aims to demystify and clarify some of the concepts and terms that are frequently used in health and care policy.


Listen: The King's Fund podcast

Our monthly podcast explores the big ideas in health and care. We sit down with experts from The King’s Fund and beyond about the NHS, social care, and all things health policy and leadership.


What do we think about key health and care issues?

From the health and care workforce to mental health services, we set out The King's Fund view 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.


Online course: The NHS explained

How much do you know about the history of the NHS and how it all works and fits together? What will it look like in the future? Our course will help you understand the building blocks that make up the health care system in England.

Learning and support

Have a question about health and care? Why not ask our library enquiry service or our policy and leadership experts at a virtual conference or course?


Have a question? Ask a librarian

Do you have a health or social care question? Need to check a reference or a fact? Our free enquiry service will soon have you up to speed.

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