David Oliver, the author of our new report on caring for an ageing population, presents the arguments for a whole systems, end-to-end redesign across all services and stages of health for local older populations.
Although the Care Quality Commission has an important role, the first line of defence against poor quality care must be frontline staff, says Catherine Foot.
Candace Imison draws on some of the inspirational stories we heard at our 2013 Annual Conference to look at how the NHS could improve patient safety by learning from mistakes.
Turning around a culture of care cannot be achieved through a quick fix. It takes courage, because you can’t start to improve things without first admitting that you could have been doing things better, says Joanna Goodrich.
So much of our effort is spent trying to extend life that our ageing society should be a success story, a cause for celebration. Why then aren’t care homes firmly on the agenda in political debates on the NHS?
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.
Health care staff are usually motivated to enter their professions by a desire to make a difference for patients and service users. Why then, do they find it so hard to speak up for patients when they see care that does not meet satisfactory standards?
Jeremy Hunt recently announced that vulnerable older people in England are to have a named clinician responsible for their care when they leave hospital – but how will it work? And what are the caveats?
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?
David Oliver argues that, unless our society changes its attitudes to older people, it will be an uphill battle to deliver results.
All senior civil servants will now be expected to spend the equivalent of four weeks a year with staff and patients in health and social care organisations. But will this lead to a more patient-centred culture?
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.