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?
Sir Robert Francis has published a new report on the need to support staff who speak out about poor-quality care. But how can we create cultures in which it becomes possible to hear and be heard without resorting to whistleblowing?
Empirically it is hard to say, anecdotally the costs of the NHS reforms – such as lost and delayed focus on the main business of delivering health care – have not been insignificant.
The National Quality Board have recently published a new report, Improving experiences of care. Importantly, it provides eight statements that form a jointly agreed definition of what a good experience of care should look like.
As we head towards the general election, the government’s record on the NHS will come under intense scrutiny. Our review of NHS reform argues that this has been a parliament of two halves.
Is it appropriate for regulators to be responsible for providing functions under the umbrella of 'supervision', including clinical support, development, and mentorship?
What does the future hold for the care and support of people living with dementia? David Oliver shares his thoughts.
As debate on the future of the NHS rises up the agenda ahead of the general election in May, the government can take comfort from our report on the British Social Attitudes Survey 2014, which shows public satisfaction with the NHS at its second highest level since the survey began.