Reports


  • 12-February-2016

    English

    OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: United Kingdom 2016 - Raising Standards

    The National Health Service in the United Kingdom takes health care quality seriously and makes great effort to be a system that learns. The current NHS Outcomes Framework is entirely built around quality and patient-centredness is the system’s focal point. The drive to provide high quality care means that the United Kingdom has internationally pioneered many initiatives, including clinical guidelines, continuing professional development and use of patient surveys and patient-reported outcomes. Professionalism was for many years the trusted base upon which quality monitoring and improvement activities rested. In recent years, though, this governance model has progressively shifted toward a quality management approach, more reliant upon regulation and control. There has been a proliferation of national agencies, reviews and policies that address quality, leading to a somewhat congested and fragmented field of actors, particularly in the fields of inspection and performance monitoring. A tension, perhaps more pronounced than in other OECD health systems, is now evident between top-down quality management approaches and bottom-up quality improvement techniques. What should the United Kingdom do to resolve this tension and ensure that its quality architecture remains one that is studied and emulated by other OECD health systems? This report recommends three key actions. First, greater emphasis on professionalism should be reinstated as a key driver of excellence. As the same time there is scope to simplify the range of institutions and policies regulating health care quality. Finally, renewed focus on the quality at the interfaces of care, as well as on community-based services, is needed.

  • 4-February-2016

    English

    United Kingdom - Financing Democracy: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns and the Risk of Policy Capture

    This case study presents the UK legislation, the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, which controls the funding of political parties and campaigns. It also presents some key election statistics collected by the UK Electoral Commission.

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  • 2-February-2016

    English

  • 28-January-2016

    English, PDF, 2,371kb

    Building Skills for All - A Review of England

    There are an estimated 9 million working aged adults in England (more than a quarter of adults aged 16-65) with low literacy or numeracy skills or both. This reflects England’s overall performance in the Survey of Adult Skills - around average for literacy, but well below average for numeracy relative to other OECD countries in the Survey (OECD, 2013).

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  • 15-December-2015

    English

    Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective

    This report examines the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling.

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  • 3-December-2015

    English, PDF, 106kb

    Revenue Statistics: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The tax burden in the United Kingdom declined by 0.3 percentage points from 32.9% to 32.6% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.

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  • 1-December-2015

    English, PDF, 954kb

    Pensions at a Glance 2015: Highlights for the United Kingdom

    This 4-page online document presents the key findings from OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015 and why it is important for the United Kingdom. It also identifies two key pension policy measures which would help improve the performance of pension systems in the United Kingdom

  • 24-November-2015

    English

    Education at a Glance 2015: United Kingdom

    The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education.

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  • 4-November-2015

    English, PDF, 375kb

    Health at a Glance 2015: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    While access to care is good, the quality of care in the United Kingdom is uneven and continues to lag behind that in many other OECD countries. Health spending per person in the United Kingdom remains around the level of 2009 when adjusted for inflation, and is slightly below the OECD average on a per capita basis and as a share of GDP.

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  • 14-October-2015

    English, PDF, 1,757kb

    How's life in the United Kingdom?

    This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2015.

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