If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham.
Let the third sector be round the table when plans for communities are being shaped, says our guest blogger Sarah Swindley, Chief Executive of Lancashire Women’s Centres.
The connection between housing conditions and health has a long and well-evidenced historical provenance. But if integrating health and social care is a tough nut to crack, does the prospect of engaging with another massive system risk adding another layer of complexity?
Matthew Honeyman reflects on discussions at our recent Digital Health and Care Congress.
Now more than ever the medical profession needs to demonstrate leadership and to embrace reforms which are good for doctors and for patients, says Chris Ham.
Will drawing on a whole range of information about care quality take us a bit closer to a meaningful understanding of what care is like in practice?
Leadership isn’t about how you look, it’s about how you behave and what you do – in other words, an attitude not an appearance, says Mandip Kaur.
Chris Ham argues that providers need to work together to form local systems of care, with leadership provided by the most experienced managers and clinicians in the NHS.
Values-driven leadership that comes from prioritising the moral and clinical imperative will win hearts and minds on the front line. But these values need to be strengthened by investing in and building capability in quality improvement and innovation.
It may only be five weeks since the general election, but there has already been a veritable blizzard of announcements coming from the Department of Health and national NHS organisations. So many in fact, that it is no mean feat to step back to make sense of it all.
There is, of course, and always will be, a debate about just what the pay for top public sector posts should be. But that debate should not start with, let alone end at, the Prime Minister’s salary, says Nick Timmins.
Richard Humphries looks at the options for CCGs and local authorities to work together to deliver integrated commissioning of health and social care services.
Developing leadership that is ‘fit for purpose’ is often cited as the most common workforce challenge facing all sectors – and the health service needs to take this challenge seriously, says Sarah Massie.
While NHS funding is perhaps at the top of most people’s concerns on health, it is the (admittedly intertwined) approach to workforce that will determine the government’s legacy, says Richard Murray.
‘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.