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The Health Foundation (THF)

By Tom Foley.

THF is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health for people in the UK. It aims to improve health service delivery and policy making by testing innovations, sharing evidence on what works, as well as building skills and knowledge. These aims and activities are closely aligned with those of a LHS. THF has funded projects and conducted internal work covering most points on the LHS cycle. These have included analytics and informatics, transforming data to knowledge, as well as improvement research, completing the cycle from knowledge to practice. THF also funds projects that build capacity and scale innovation. This year’s THF Annual Conference was entitled Permanent beta – fast forward to a learning health care system, indicating a new interest in the potential of LHS.