We can’t deal with the emergency care crisis at the front door of the hospital without addressing the situation at the back door – there are still too many patients who could be sent home within 0 – 2 days but who would not be able to access community support in time, says David Oliver.
People are now taking more drugs than ever before, but who is responsible for ensuring each patient’s prescriptions are appropriate?
The new GP contract is a small step in the right direction, but it falls far short of the rebirth of general practice. Much more needs to be done to transform primary care and ensure it meets the needs of patients and populations in future, says Chris Ham.
The Integration Transformation Fund: the foundation of a genuinely integrated system or just another brick in the wall?
Expectations for the Integrated Transformation Fund are high, but will it actually help to deliver integrated care when the system is so under pressure?
Being able to measure impact and to exchange information are two of the key elements of seamless care co-ordination. So how can current IT systems be improved to help achieve this more effectively?
Although politicians say the NHS has been protected financially, this is only relative to real cuts in other areas of government and, crucially, not in terms of the demands on health care, says John Appleby.
Angela Coulter explains why the house of care ought to be the centrepiece of every integrated care project, with greater attention paid to the contribution that people make towards managing their own health.
The path to joined-up care is a marathon not a sprint. In his latest blog, Chris Ham looks at what remains to be done to convert aspirations into practice.
How have HealthPathways improved referral management, communication between health professionals and quality outcomes in Canterbury, New Zealand? Nick Timmins looks at the evidence in his new blog post.
The first of our co-ordinated care case studies highlight a number of components needed for good, joined-up care. But the challenge will be to make this care a reality for patients throughout the country.
Three years ago the coalition government’s first Spending Review promised to ‘ring fence’ the budget for the English NHS and to increase spending in real terms each year to 2014/15. So what has actually happened to NHS spending?
Chris Ham introduces our Commission on the future of health and social care in England, explaining that the divison between the NHS and social care established in 1948 is no longer fit for purpose.
In his latest blog post, David Oliver argues that new NHS initiatives should be tested for a longer period of time in order to deliver better outcomes across the board.
How do US organisations provide high-quality person-centred care? And what lessons can be drawn for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector?
It is the actions of the staff working in and with the health and social care organisations that will make the goal of integrated care a reality, says Nicola Walsh.
Should NHS leaders be more like Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg or Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party?
As implementation of the government’s controversial health reforms draws near, Richard Humphries looks at how health and wellbeing boards are shaping up.
National Voices’ narrative for integrated care is a helpful first step in providing local health and social care system leaders with a set of principles for ‘what good looks like’, says Nick Goodwin.
Will NHS leaders of the future adopt similar leadership approaches to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher or to Birgitte Nyborg, the fictional lead character in Danish political drama series Borgen?
Andy Burnham’s speech to launch Labour’s health and care policy review was strong on principles but left many questions unanswered.