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.
At the launch of Labour’s 10-year plan for health and social care, Andy Burnham described a bold and compelling vision of a different kind of service fit for the 21st century. But big questions still remain, says Richard Humphries.
What are some the challenges currently facing CCGs? John Richards, Chief Officer of NHS Southampton City CCG, shares his thoughts.
This week has seen announcements on mental health from both the government and the opposition. So are we starting to see mental health becoming a higher-profile political issue?
David Buck reflects on the big messages communicated at the launch of Labour’s approach to public health policy.
At our recent summit we heard from women and men who have taken action, taken on organisations and started to make the progress we need to advance women in medicine, but there is still much more to do.
The NHS faces three major challenges in 2015: preparing for the spending review, achieving much closer integration of health and social care, and ensuring that the NHS has the leadership in place to deliver the highest possible standards of care within available resources.
Over the coming months The King’s Fund and The Health Foundation will be exploring the concept of a transformation fund. How big does such a fund need to be? And how should it be spent so that it supports real change at scale across the NHS?