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Healthcare industry

Research guide

Published: 23 Oct 2018 Updated: 21 Dec 2022 Update History

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Trends and forecasts

Online articles

The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.

Access to articles is provided subject to suppliers’ terms of use.

Useful links

2022 Global Health Care Outlook
Annual report from Deloitte looking at issues driving change in the global healthcare sector.

Pulse of the industry: Medical technology report 2021
Latest edition of EY's annual survey report analysing activity in the industry, financial performance across the US, EU and other regions, mergers and acquisitions, and financing.


Going it alone: health and Brexit in the UK
Report published by Nuffield Trust which considers the impact of leaving the EU and changing international relations for health. Looks at what has already happened and at what the NHS, government and business figures expect in future. Areas covered: medicines and devices, international trade agreements, devolution, procurement, workforce, and Northern Ireland. Published in December 2021.

Beyond Brexit: food, environment, energy and health House of Lords select committee report on what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means for food trade, fisheries, environment and climate change, energy and carbon pricing, chemicals and health. Published 23 March 2021.

Public Health and Economic Implications of the United Kingdom Exiting the EU and the Single Market
Detailed impact assessment from the Office of Health Economics on the consequences of Brexit on public health in the UK and in the EU. It also provides an estimate of the economic impact for pharmaceutical companies under different scenarios. Published December 2017.

Market research

Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Industry profiles and SWOT analyses

Industry profiles give an overview of market size in different countries or regions, the competitive landscape and provide a forecast of market performance. These profiles are available for ICAEW members and ACA students through the Library & Information Service.

Regional reports



Latin America

Middle East

North America


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SWOT analyses examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for major companies operating in this sector are available.

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Other market research specialists

Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.

A full listing of reference products and research reports for the health and wellness market from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.

Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including many topics within human health and social work activities. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.

A full listing of reports covering the healthcare, medical and pharmaceuticals industry with the option to view the executive summary and a table of contents for each report.

Listing of market reports for the UK healthcare sector. Reports cover market size, segmentation, trends and analysis of the political, economic and investment environment. For each report a summary, table of contents and sample pages can be viewed.

Plunkett Research
Analysis and statistical reports covering the US health care industry. Sample pages and a full table of contents is available.

Industry news

The Library can carry out industry news searches for ICAEW members and ACA students.

Statistics on the UK

NHS Digital

NHS Digital compiles a wide range of healthcare statistics.

Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics produces statistics on health and social care, including data on:

  • health care personnel, finance and performance
  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • specialist health services.

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:

  • number of enterprises;
  • total turnover;
  • approximate gross value added at basic prices;
  • total purchases of goods, materials and services;
  • total employment – average during the year;
  • total employment costs;
  • total net capital expenditure;
  • total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
  • total net capital expenditure – disposals;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.

The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:

  • Human health activities (86)
  • Hospital activities (86.1)

See Section Q: Human health and social work activities.

Statistics on Europe


The European Commission's statistics hub, Eurostat, compiles a range of data on health in the EU, including:

  • main tables showing health care resources and the numbers of physicians, dentists and doctors;



Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

The data includes average employment costs for:

  • hospital and health service managers
  • healthcare practice managers
  • medical practitioners
  • nurses
  • midwives
  • paramedics
  • medical radiographers
  • chiropodists
  • medical and dental technicians
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • medical secretaries
  • nursing auxiliaries and assistants
  • ambulance staff (excluding paramedics).

Other regions

Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

Legislation and regulation


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a section on health and social care services, which includes latest regulations affecting this industry.

Letter to medicines and medical products suppliers: 30 March 2021
Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care. Provides industry and the wider supply chain with the latest advice and guidance in relation to contingency preparedness, initially put in place for the end of the Brexit transition period to help ensure the continuity of supply of medical goods into the UK.

Letter to the health and care sector about the UK–EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement
Letter from the Health Minister Edward Argar MP on preparations for continuity of supply, arrangements for reciprocal healthcare, health security and science, continuing data flows, and recognition of professional qualifications. Published on 30 December 2020.

Business guides

Atom Content Marketing guides

The Start Up Donut from Atom Content Marketing provides practical information on starting up and running a number of small business types. Guides cover a range of areas including market research, current trends, regulations, products and services, promotion and pricing. They include a number of guides for the Healthcare sector.

UK key players, ratios and trends

A range of reports on this sector are available to ICAEW members and ACA students via the Library.


Reports on this sector can be supplied by the Library to ICAEW members and ACA students.

UK benchmarking

The Library can supply benchmarking reports to ICAEW members and ACA students.

Trade bodies

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

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