The government's proposal for a new contract that gives groups of GPs the opportunity to work more closely with a range of other services is not a bad idea, says Hugh Alderwick.
Chris Ham reflects on the findings of our review for the Department of Health, which recommends radical simplification and better alignment of existing frameworks for assessing performance in the NHS.
Healthwatch England’s recent report, Safely home, described in harrowing detail the personal stories of patients who felt that their discharge from hospital was unsupported. It also described patients marooned in acute beds unable to move on. So how can older people's care be improved?
With the first anniversary of the NHS five year forward view approaching rapidly, how are new care models developing, and what are the prospects for the future?
While integrating care services is part of the journey to a transformed health system, it is not the destination. Efforts to integrate care have rarely encompassed the broader health of local populations and the impact of the wider determinants of health.
Are conflicts of interest affecting the services patients receive? Or is this inherent feature of clinical commissioning being managed appropriately through common-sense decision-making?
What can be done to improve the quality of decision-making on NHS mergers, and can the tide of unsuccessful mergers be stemmed?
Is the ‘purchaser–provider split’ dead? No. Is it dying? Quite possibly, says Nicholas Timmins.