Blog tagged as: Productivity and finance

24 September 2015

What can be done to improve the quality of decision-making on NHS mergers, and can the tide of unsuccessful mergers be stemmed?

14 September 2015 | Comments: 5
On the back of The King's Fund's submission to the 2015 Spending Review, Chris Ham reflects on the Department of Health budget and NHS funding.
9 September 2015 | Comments: 1
Misuse occurs in the NHS when health services are poorly delivered. So how big is the problem of preventable harm in health care?
19 August 2015 | Comments: 3
Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things?
12 August 2015 | Comments: 20
More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse.
28 July 2015 | Comments: 4
Lord Carter’s interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add?
20 July 2015 | Comments: 7
The government’s decision to breach an explicit manifesto commitment by delaying reforms to social care funding until 2020 again demonstrates the apparent inability of successive governments to make headway on this issue.
13 July 2015 | Comments: 3
Ruth Robertson's blog argues that we need to shift the debate on productivity to focus on delivering better value care for patients.
3 July 2015 | Comments: 2
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.
12 June 2015 | Comments: 3
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.
11 June 2015 | Comments: 2
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.
2 June 2015
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.
1 May 2015 | Comments: 1
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?
29 April 2015
Rachael Addicott looks at NHS data from the electronic staff record and realises that we don’t know nearly enough about the numbers or nature of the workforce currently delivering NHS-commissioned services.
23 April 2015
The public’s concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties’ manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone’s hands?
17 April 2015 | Comments: 2
What then are we to make of the commitments made by the three main political parties?
11 February 2015 | Comments: 3
Empirically it is hard to say, anecdotally the costs of the NHS reforms – such as lost and delayed focus on the main business of delivering health care – have not been insignificant.
6 February 2015 | Comments: 5
As we head towards the general election, the government’s record on the NHS will come under intense scrutiny. Our review of NHS reform argues that this has been a parliament of two halves.
Guest blog
26 January 2015 | Comments: 1
What are some the challenges currently facing CCGs? John Richards, Chief Officer of NHS Southampton City CCG, shares his thoughts.