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Bedside to couchside: bringing hospitals home

The NHS and the challenges it faces filled our newsfeeds in 2023. But despite the lengthy waiting times and unprecedented staff strikes, a radical shift in care practices is breaking through. Initially necessitated by Covid-19, virtual wards have become a quietly growing part of the NHS, which recently met its ambitious target of creating 10,000 virtual beds before winter.

Carenomics – Unlocking the power of care

The economic case for further investment in social care is clear and compelling. Serious issues creating the current crisis in the social care sector have been well set out in recent years. Low pay and lack of training or a career in care continue to undermine the workforce leading to high turnover and vacancy levels that leave needs unmet, create costs for employers and fuel demand for unpaid carers. The inadequate level of care further hinders the economy at a time when buoyancy is sorely needed. Without further investment in the social care sector, the government’s aims of improving growth and productivity cannot be realised.

Moving care closer to home: three unanswered questions

When trying to envision the future of the health and care system in England, the difficult question to answer is not ‘What do we do?’ – the vision for care has been outlined by multiple governments in countless policy documents – but ‘How do we actually make it happen?’

Creating better health value

Creating better health value: understanding the economic impact of NHS spending by care setting. Exploring which of a range of care settings can deliver the most economic output when funding is increased.

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