NHS.UK is set to become the place we go, not just for information about health and local services, but to book appointments, manage repeat prescriptions and access health records and care plans. James Higgott agrees this needs to be done but doesn't think it's going to be easy.
Although the ambitions of the care models in the US may resonate with our intentions here, we would be wise to learn from the early experiences of those who went before us, says Rachael Addicott.
Tackling persistent inequalities requires consistent, sustainable action and intervention, which in turn requires stable, committed system leadership with a focus on population health systems.
Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things?
Chris Ham gives his assessment of the new government’s health policy.
More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse.
Back in June, with no prior warning, the Treasury announced that the 2015/16 public health grant to local authorities would be reduced by £200 million. Last week, the Department of Health finally released the consultation on these ‘in-year savings’. So why the delay?
The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or ‘branded’ drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed.
The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby.
Lord Carter’s interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add?
Vijaya Nath looks at one of the challenges facing NHS leaders – how to get the workforce, particularly clinicians, working in new ways more closely aligned to the changing nature of care.
The government’s decision to breach an explicit manifesto commitment by delaying reforms to social care funding until 2020 again demonstrates the apparent inability of successive governments to make headway on this issue.
The headlines that preceded Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the Fund may have focused on seven-day working, but what he had to say about his approach to reform is likely to be of greater interest to leaders within the NHS.
With health policy announcements coming out almost daily both before and after the election, it’s time to take stock of where we are with NHS waiting times.
Ruth Robertson's blog argues that we need to shift the debate on productivity to focus on delivering better value care for patients.
Care homes have operated in the shadows of public and political awareness for too long, with policy attention focused on reactions to service failure rather than the promotion of good care.
If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham.
Let the third sector be round the table when plans for communities are being shaped, says our guest blogger Sarah Swindley, Chief Executive of Lancashire Women’s Centres.
The connection between housing conditions and health has a long and well-evidenced historical provenance. But if integrating health and social care is a tough nut to crack, does the prospect of engaging with another massive system risk adding another layer of complexity?
Matthew Honeyman reflects on discussions at our recent Digital Health and Care Congress.