Catherine Foot shares her experience of volunteering at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – her pledge for this year's NHS Change Day.
David Oliver, the author of our new report on caring for an ageing population, presents the arguments for a whole systems, end-to-end redesign across all services and stages of health for local older populations.
Although all the political parties agree about the importance of integrated care as an end, willing the means to achieve it is another matter, says Richard Humphries.
Jeremy Hunt has asked Sir David Dalton to advise him how to make it easy for NHS 'super-heads' to take over struggling organisations. But will hospital chains work? Candace Imison looks at experience from the UK and abroad.
The three key system leaders on health inequalities – the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England – need to kick-start a national conversation by telling us how they are going to use their power to do their bit.
Following the appointment of Stuart Rose to advise on leadership in the NHS, Chris Ham reflects on whether the NHS can learn any lessons from the way Marks and Spencer operates.
Federations and networks of GP practices are working to deliver extended services and raise standards of care. These innovations are valuable, but much more is needed to ensure general practice really is fit for the future, says Chris Ham.
With an ongoing ambition to shift care out of hospitals and closer to people’s homes, what is needed to transform community services?
The focus on delivering improvements in mental health care is currently dominated by how funding is allocated. But in the midst of the debate, little thought has been given to who should receive this money, and importantly how this could lead to reforming the system.
Although the Care Quality Commission has an important role, the first line of defence against poor quality care must be frontline staff, says Catherine Foot.
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?
The success of the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund – designed to promote integrated care and help shift care closer to home – depends on a different kind of chemistry between local NHS organisations and their local authority partners.
Chris Ham reflects on his recent visit to the Royal Free Hospital in London to discuss the role of acute hospitals in developing integrated care.
In her new data blog, Yang Tian draws on previously unpublished results from the most recent British Social Attitudes survey to see what the public think about who should pay for social care services.
Looking back, there has been welcome progress during 2013 but, for those of us who have advocated integrated care for some time, it is premature to declare victory, says Chris Ham.
We must change our language and behaviour about the capability of medical leadership, says Vijaya Nath.
Nicola Walsh reflects on the first World Innovation Summit for Health which explored new and innovative ways to tackle a variety of global health care challenges.
NHS England have set out their thinking on how the bulk of NHS money will get to where it needs to be, and on what basis, through allocations to CCGs – David Buck shares his thoughts on this decision.
Belinda Weir reflects on our women in leadership conference, which explored how to create cultures that redress the continuing scarcity of women leaders across the health care sector.
We can’t deal with the emergency care crisis at the front door of the hospital without addressing the situation at the back door – there are still too many patients who could be sent home within 0 – 2 days but who would not be able to access community support in time, says David Oliver.