Health and Social Care Act

This project has now been archived. See our most recent work on NHS reform.

The reforms contained in the Health and Social Care Act were perhaps the most significant and far-reaching in the history of the NHS. Here we present our commentary and analysis on the reforms as they made their way from white paper to implementation.

The new NHS

Alternative guide to the NHS animation

Our animation gives a whistle-stop tour of how the system works today.

How the Health and Social Care Act came to pass.

From the blog


The government's record on NHS reform: our verdict
6 Feb 2015
Chris Ham 


Don't oversimplify the debate on NHS reform
1 Feb 2012
Chris Ham

Anna Dixon facewall

Anna Dixon
Will the White Paper solve all it sets out to?
13 Jul 2010
Anna Dixon 

Relevant publications


The NHS under the coalition government
Part one: NHS reform


Never again?
The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

From White Paper to Act

The right prescription in a cold climate?
Our response to the NHS White Paper

Where next for the NHS reforms? The case for integrated care
Our response to the government's listening exercise 

The Health and Social Care Bill
Catch up with our commentary and analysis on the Bill as it progressed through parliament.