Although the care of older people will be ‘core business’ for the foreseeable future, numerous reports have highlighted serious failings in that care. Does the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report mark a new beginning?
Nigel Edwards shares his thoughts on the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report.
Anna Dixon gives her thoughts on the Nuffield Trust's health and social care ratings review into whether there should be a summary rating for hospitals and other care providers.
Jocelyn Cornwell gives her advice to non-executive directors following the Francis Inquiry report.
Anna Dixon gives her reaction to the recommendations set out in the long-awaited Francis Inquiry report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The personal health budgets evaluation, published recently by the Department of Health, contains encouraging news for those who believe that giving patients greater choice, flexibility and control can improve their quality of life.
We've had an incredible response to our debate on the changing patient – with views from politicians, health and social care professionals and, most importantly, patients themselves.
Having spent the first half of the Parliament legislating for radical changes to the organisation of the NHS, the government now needs to focus on the mundane but much more important challenge of implementing and executing the service changes on which its record will ultimately depend.
Following a recent roundtable discussion with Norman Lamb MP, Chris Ham looks at the key priorities needed to make integrated care a reality.
Time to Think Differently is our new programme of work aimed at stimulating debate about the changes needed for the NHS and social care to meet the challenges of the future.
Do GP practices that offer high-quality clinical care also offer a good experience for their patients?
Clinically effective care and good patient experience are universally recognised as key elements of health care quality. But does one always go hand in hand with the other?
The Chief Nursing Officer has launched a new vision for nurses, midwives and care-givers. But will it help to develop a culture of compassionate care?
An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas?
NHS hospitals will soon be required to ask patients whether they would want a friend or relative to be treated there. But will this make hospitals raise their game?
Angela Coulter responds to the Department of Health's new consultation on 'No decision about me, without me'.
Anna Dixon discusses whether asking patients what care they wanted could be a much simpler solution towards making savings.
Will the Department of Health’s long-awaited Information Strategy transform health and social care information as we know it today?
Nick Goodwin looks at whether the Department of Health's integrated care pilots have driven improvements in the quality and cost effectiveness of patient care.
One of the benefits of the UK’s primary care based system is that it keeps patients away from unnecessary admission to hospital – however it may not be succeeding.
Continuity and co-ordination is essential for safe, effective and high quality care, however for older patients it has fundamental importance.