The public’s concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties’ manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone’s hands?
For the true potential of clinical directors to be realised, we need to think about the role differently, says Matthew Rice.
What then are we to make of the commitments made by the three main political parties?
With the NHS facing growing pressures on all fronts, following the general election the next government is likely to begin a new round of NHS service reconfiguration planning. So what are the challenges around service reconfiguration? And what evidence is available to help guide the process?
The last data on NHS performance measures before the election, released this week, shows us what the incoming government will be inheriting. So what does it tell us?
One of the early mantras of the coalition government was the intention to ‘improve the health of the poorest, fastest’. So where have we got to with this ambition, and more broadly, with inequalities in health?
Co-commissioning has arrived. Today 64 CCGs take on fully delegated responsibility for commissioning general practice, while 87 CCGs take on joint commissioning responsibilities working with NHS England.
Intellectually, the idea of working across boundaries in health care makes good sense but in practice it is not just difficult to achieve – it requires us to confront possibly our greatest flaw as a species.
What is health care like for the 15 million people living with long-term conditions in England? Today 10 leading patient charities (known collectively as The Richmond Group) are publishing their assessment of the state of health care from the perspective of the people they represent.
While integrated care clearly means change for hospital-based professionals, it is not by definition opposed to the institutional interests of hospital providers, says Chris Naylor.
Our briefing on procurement and competition law attempts something rare in the current debate: a purely technical discussion of whether an incoming government could dismantle the current rules given the relationships between UK and EU law.
One of the priorities of our medical leadership work is to support those attracted to medical leadership and management. One way of encouraging medical leaders is to give them the same professional status that the medical profession gives to education, training and clinical practice.
The coalition has done well to pass the Care Act, but bigger change is now needed. In an ageing society social care has become too important to play second fiddle to the NHS, says Richard Humphries.
International Women’s Day 2015 urges everyone around the world to #MakeItHappen. Both genders must be involved and technology can help us achieve gender equality at pace.
There are welcome signs that policy-makers and NHS leaders are becoming more open to exploring how health professionals could work more collaboratively with patients as leaders. Many patient leaders already working to improve health and wellbeing in their communities.
Last week’s announcement of plans to devolve responsibility for health and social care to statutory organisations in Greater Manchester is a bold initiative that could bring substantial benefits if implemented well.
Michael West reviews the evidence base for leadership in health care, and finds that leadership development is often based on fads and fashions rather than hard evidence.
While NHS policy debates are increasingly painted only in black and white, shades of grey are often more interesting.
‘Implementing the Forward View’ is often synonymous with ‘establishing multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems’. But this risks leaving behind the more radical chapter of the Forward View – chapter two, on engaging patients and communities.
National waiting time performance was meant to be back on track by the end of the year so, with the new waiting times data released by NHS England, how have things been?