The HPP team share their views and ideas on the key issues in healthcare and policy.


The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of The Health Policy Partnership.

Into the unknown: navigating treatment decisions during pregnancy

The lack of research around medication use in pregnancy means women with chronic conditions often face extremely difficult choices when they want a start a family. Guest blog by Emily Kell.

NASH: the liver disease everyone will be talking about

Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of vaccination, vaccine hesitancy remains a huge problem – more so in Europe than anywhere else. How can we combat the spread of misinformation?

Can social media have a role in tackling vaccine hesitancy?

Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of vaccination, vaccine hesitancy remains a huge problem – more so in Europe than anywhere else. How can we combat the spread of misinformation?

Creating empathy for depression: what will it take to get us all to care more?

Much has been made of the growing problem of depression in our societies, but to address it we need a lot less stigma and a lot more empathy.

Italy’s vaccination turnaround raises questions about state’s role in public health

Italy has changed its policy around childhood vaccination, provoking debate about the role of the state in enforcing public health measures.

Tackling childhood obesity in the UK

With the highest rate of obesity in western Europe, the UK must take action to promote health and support the wellbeing of the population.

How can data sharing help in responding to a health crisis?

There is great potential in data sharing, but its effectiveness may rely on standardised processes and data governance agreements.

Perspective matters

When considering information and evidence – in healthcare, policy or any area of life – it’s vital to consider both the wider context and the specific perspective.

A community-based approach is key to truly person-centred care

As our understanding of health has developed over the years, the importance of wider determinants of health in the community has become clear.

Teenage pregnancy: will public health cuts negate previous policy success?

Although the UK’s teenage pregnancy rate has fallen, it remains the highest in Western Europe – and cuts to services may hinder efforts to ameliorate this.

What will the future bring for health and healthcare?

In many countries, current healthcare spending is unsustainable. So how can we deliver affordable and high-quality healthcare in future?

Wine: the larger the glass, the more you drink

A recent study shows wine glasses have grown substantially over the decades, with a public health impact as people consume more alcohol.

Palliative care should not be a last resort

Palliative care exists to reduce suffering and improve patients' quality of life. So why is it often unconsidered until other options have been exhausted?

Software is eating the world… except in medicine

We are living in a golden age of technological invention, so why are healthcare systems seemingly reluctant to get on board with innovative software?

Antimicrobial resistance: is it too late to suppress the superbugs?

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is spreading the message that we all have a role to play in fighting antimicrobial resistance.

Cancer survivorship: supporting patients throughout care and beyond

Survivorship is a crucial element of the cancer care journey. A session at this year's ESMO Congress focused on the importance of rehabilitation.

Air pollution: the heart of a health crisis

Air pollution is a significant contributor to cardiovascular and other disease. As pollution levels rise, policymakers must act to protect people's health.

What is health? The search for an accurate definition

We may think we understand what health is, but is there a single, clear definition? And how has the notion of what is 'healthy' changed over time?

Public health priorities vs. societal realities

Science and public health policy agree that smoking is bad for health, and breastfeeding is good for health - so why don't social attitudes reflect this consensus?

Innovation in health service delivery: elegant solutions to transportation barriers

Collaboration with tech companies has the potential to introduce innovation that combats barriers to accessing healthcare.

Mental health: designing and delivering services with the public

Person-centred care is fundamental to health provision, and can be particularly beneficial in mental health, empowering people to work towards recovery.

Digital health: a patient-first approach is key to progress

While most areas of life have embrace new technologies, digital health has been slow to progress. We must let patients' needs lead the way.

The data dearth hampering heart failure care

Despite affecting 15 million people across the EU, heart failure is poorly understood, at least partly due to a lack of adequate data.

Success in sarcoma policy: lessons for rare cancer communities

Patients with rare cancers face a common set of challenges. Sarcoma provides a model of policy initiatives that may benefit other rare cancer communities.

Schools in England are failing children with medical conditions

Schools across England are failing to provide adequate care for children with medical conditions, despite a legal requirement to do so.

Heart Failure Awareness Day: a time to come together online?

Heart Failure Awareness Day is designed to raise the profile of heart failure among the general public, especially the symptoms, need for a timely diagnosis and optimal treatment.