Health and Care
The biggest challenge facing our country

Making health and care work for us all

We love our NHS and the people who care for us. For many the NHS is part of what makes us proud to be British.

But most of us agree health and care is also the number one issue facing the country today.

So how can we make sure people across Britain get the health and care they need, when they need it? And how will it be funded?

First, we need to be honest about what’s working and what isn’t.

That’s the challenge we believe the people of Britain can answer, based on their experiences and ideas.

The ultimate goal is for plans created by the British public are put into practice by government.  So everyone gets the health and care they need.

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What do we mean when we talk about health and care?

We’re talking about the health and care support that people need in order to live well.

That’s not just about being able to get an appointment at your GP. Or a relative in a care home being well looked after.

It’s also about the care between ourselves in society – within our communities. The support we provide for each other, as much as the services provided by the state.


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Where are we up to?

Step 3: Ideas for Change

Date: April 2022

The People’s Panel’s top two health and care priorities now move to the next stage: coming up with practical ideas for change… read more

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Step 2: The People’s Panel

Date: February 2022

The People’s Panel brought together 100 people to consider the health and care challenges being faced by the British public… read more

Step 1: Community Conversations

Date: September 2021

We’ve launched a hub dedicated to people’s experiences, views and ideas about health and care. Featuring many videos and quotes from the Community Conversations held earlier in the year… read more

Online community conversations

Health and Care: Our five-step approach to change

Date: December 2020

Health and care is a national challenge that’s been gridlocked for decades. But with your help, we can make change happen. And turn your ideas into action… read more

Our five-step approach

Health and Care remains the country’s number one challenge

Date: September 2020

There’s one challenge people across the country still believe needs sorting: health and care. No matter where you live, how old you are or how you vote. And that’s health and care…. read more


Deciding what national challenge to tackle first

Date: November 2018

Health and care is the country’s number one challenge, our research with BritainThinks shows. Find out what we’ll be doing next to tackle the issue and get the public involved… read more

Health and care timeline chart

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