In organisations like hospitals, many of the answers are found among staff rather than in the executive offices and boardrooms, says Chris Ham.
Our research highlights major gaps in the evidence for the reconfiguration of clinical services.
The case for change is clear; a system that listens to patients and enables them to achieve what they want to achieve in their health and wellbeing would improve outcomes and save money. But such systems still exist only in pockets around the country.
If we are seeking to truly understand health care, it is not numbers or stories, but numbers and stories that are needed, says Bev Fitzsimons.
I had watched One Born Every Minute and kept my eyes open; I’d attended NCT classes and yoga workshops; I’d done my reading. None of this really prepared me for the extreme pain and joy involved in giving birth to my first child, but it helped a bit. What I was absolutely unprepared for was the experience of being a hospital inpatient.
While many policy-makers focus on organisational structures, it is clear that successful implementation of the NHS five year forward view will hinge on getting the staffing right.
Despite all the pressures, the NHS remains, and will continue to remain, a massive economic and social entity. Are we making the most of this enormous power?
After the 18-week waiting time target was breached earlier this year, Jeremy Hunt announced £250 million to bring it back under control. We review the latest data to see how successful this has been so far.
The government expects councils and NHS partners to achieve way too much, with too little, too soon, says Richard Humphries.
What impact can feeling silenced and disempowered have on staff and the way they treat their patients?
As a person and a patient, I care deeply about involvement. I know it helps me as a patient to live more sustainably with my health conditions and I know that, in turn, can help the NHS to exist more sustainably too.
With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on.
Something very important happened on Thursday and it wasn't the publication of the NHS five year forward view. Far more important was the passion and confidence with which Simon Stevens launched the plan and challenged politicians to provide the funding needed to deliver it.
How long is it reasonable to wait for treatment of depression after being referred by a GP? The results from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey are revealing and suggest that public expectations exceed current policy ambitions.
Chris Ham reflects on the integrated care summit 2014 and the parallel universes of integrated care researchers and practitioners.
As the instigator of the Barker Commission's experts by experience group, I want to share my experiences to help unlock similar groups on other commissions and in the NHS.
What are some of the primary care innovations happening both abroad and in the UK? Nicola Walsh reflects on discussions at our recent conference on the role of general practice.
The NHS featured heavily at all three major party conferences over the past few weeks. How could it not; despite a ring-fenced budget, it is increasingly showing signs of financial strain, says John Appleby.
2014/15 looks like being a watershed year in which the NHS moves decisively into deficit, so where do the opportunities lie in delivering better value?
Grand promises have been made about the benefits of recording a deluge of personal data, but what needs to happen for these promises to be realised?