‘Enhanced care in care homes’, is one of the new care models set out in the NHS five year forward view. This is good news, as it's high time this issue was brought to the fore – for a number of reasons.
There is a long way to go before mental health achieves ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health, and the voluntary and community sector is key to helping address this challenge.
As the evidence base for the economic advantage of diversity grows, the NHS ignores it at its peril, says Mandip Kaur.
As the election campaign has got into full swing, politicians have been seeking to outbid each other on funding for the NHS. However, there has been almost total silence on public health. So why is the debate so different this time round, and why does it matter?
Both The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation have called for a properly resourced 'transformation fund' to support the kind of large-scale change outlined in the NHS five year forward view. But how big would such a fund need to be and how would it be resourced?
Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose. When it comes to social care issues in the current election campaign, most UK politicians are struggling with even basic literacy.
For many years, The King's Fund was one of the leading voices on hospital diets and patient nutrition. Here, Ruth Nitkiewicz takes a look through our digital archive, analysing the various recommendations that have been made down the years.
Rachael Addicott looks at NHS data from the electronic staff record and realises that we don’t know nearly enough about the numbers or nature of the workforce currently delivering NHS-commissioned services.
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.