Our most popular content of 2014

As we reach the end of a successful year, see our most popular content from 2014:

You can also click the button on the right to see our timeline of achievements of the past 12 months.

Top five: reports

Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population

Our fragmented health and care system is not meeting the needs of older people, who are most likely to suffer problems with co-ordination of care and delays in transitions between services. This report set out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people across nine key components. Read the report >

A new settlement for health and social care: final report

The final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, chaired by Kate Barker. In it, the commission discussed the need for a new settlement for health and social care to provide a simpler pathway through the current maze of entitlements, in particular for older people. Read the report >

Developing collective leadership for health care

Our paper argued that collective leadership – as opposed to command-and-control structures – best ensures that cultures within health care organisations sustain high-quality, compassionate and ever-improving care. Collective leadership entails distributing and allocating leadership power to wherever expertise, capability and motivation sit within organisations. Read the paper >

Community services: how they can transform care

This paper looked at the changes needed to realise the full potential of community services for transforming care. While the emphasis on moving care closer to home has resulted in some reductions in length of hospital stay, it is now time to focus on the bigger issue of how services need to change to fundamentally transform care. Read the paper >

How is the health and social care system performing? July 2014

Our twelfth Quarterly Monitoring Report featured survey results from finance directors and interactive charts on selected NHS performance data. Our Chief Economist John Appleby said: 'The report paints a picture of a service under huge pressure, with cracks beginning to appear in NHS performance.' Read the QMR > 

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Top five: blogs

New CQC inspection framework: what does a well-led organisation look like?

Ayesha Janjua welcomed the CQC's commitment to make understanding culture -which is vital for delivering high-quality care for patients - an important part of its regulatory framework. The CQC had launched a consultation giving more detail on proposed changes to the way it regulates, inspects and rates health and care providers. Read Ayesha's blog >

Developing integrated care: what role do acute hospitals play?

Chris Ham addressed one of the questions he is most often asked: what roles do acute hospitals play in developing integrated care? The blog reflected on his recent visit to the Royal Free Hospital in London where he learned of their strategy focused on reducing activity and taking out cost in a managed way. Read Chris's blog >

What mindfulness has to offer health and social care

Mindfulness – the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment – is a hot topic at the moment. But what is all the excitement about? And what does the practice have to offer health and social care? Anne Benson's blog explained the concept of mindfulness and championed its use in health and care organisations. Read Anne's blog >

The NHS five year forward view: the man matters more than the plan

After the publication of the NHS five year forward view in October, Chris Ham focused not on the plan set out, but the man behind it - NHS England's new Chief Executive Simon Stevens. Chris said the most important thing was the passion and confidence with which Stevens launched the plan and challenged politicians to provide the funding needed to deliver it. Read Chris's blog >

E-cigarettes: a burning issue for future public health policy?

The e-cigarette has really taken off in 2014 but the evidence for its health benefits or otherwise remains complex and unclear. Just under a year prior to the 2015 general election, Dave Buck called upon the parties to carefully navigate the evidence and opinion on e-cigarettes to develop their positions on public health. Read Dave's blog >

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Top five: infographics

Making the case for public health interventions

In partnership with the Local Government Association, we produced a set of infographics that describe key facts about the public health system and the return on investment for some public health interventions. For example, for every £1 spent on preventing teenage pregnancy, £11 is saved in health care costs. See the infographics >

Illustrated summary of the Barker Commission's final report

The final report from the independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England examined the current health and social care systems, concluding that a vision for a health and care system fit for the 21st century is affordable and sustainable if a phased approach is taken and hard choices are taken about taxation. See the infographics >

Improving care for an ageing population: what works?

By 2030, one in five people in England will be aged over 65. This infographic summarises our report Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population. It highlights nine components of care that need to be improved to provide person-centred, relevant care for older people. See the nine components of care explained >

Leadership vacancies in the NHS

Our infographics highlighted some key facts and figures around leadership vacancies in the NHS and some of the difficulties NHS organisations face in recruiting and retaining people for executive positions. For example, though around 77 per cent of the NHS workforce are women, only 40 per cent of board positions are held by women. See the infographics >

Eight priorities to transform individual involvement in health and care

Taken from our report People in control of their own health and care, our infographic shows eight key priorities that can transform an individual's involvement in their health and care. The priorities include supported self-management, personal budgets and participation in research. See the infographic and let Catherine Foot talk you through the priorities >

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Top five: multimedia

Chris Ham: Staff engagement and empowerment in the NHS

Chris Ham presented the findings of his review of staff engagement in NHS organisations for the government. He stressed the need for a culture of high staff engagement and devolved decision-making, due to compelling evidence suggesting that this increases quality of care. See the audio slideshow >

Chris Ham in conversation with Sir David Dalton

Chris Ham spoke to Sir David Dalton about Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust's journey to becoming the safest organisation in the NHS. David talked about what he inherited when he arrived in post, how he set about improving the organisation and about what he has learned during his time there as chief executive. Watch the interview >

Michael West: Collective leadership for culture change

Michael West, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, explained that to continually improve health and social care, we must design collective leadership into NHS strategy. Collective leadership is a leadership in which all staff take responsibility for ensuring high-quality patient care and all are accountable. Watch Michael's presentation >

Chris Ham in conversation with Craig Tanio

Chris Ham spoke to Craig Tanio, Chief Medical Officer at ChenMed, about how the US-based primary care-led delivery model offers care to older patients with complex needs. Craig talked about the innovative features of the model and explained what's changed for patients and staff as a result. Watch the interview >

Richard Murray: Financial failure in the NHS

The increasing number of hospitals reporting deficits has put the spotlight on what happens when NHS providers are in financial difficulty. In his audio slideshow, Richard Murray explores the current financial health of the NHS, the options for managing financial failure and recommendations for the future. See the audio slideshow > 

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