Blog tagged as: Quality of care

26 October 2015 | Comments: 7

When the Care Quality Commission suggested in its recent State of Care report that ‘safer, better care does not necessarily cost more’, the inclusion of the word ‘necessarily’ was  important, says Helen McKenna.

14 October 2015 | Comments: 2

In his keynote address at our annual integrated care summit, Simon Stevens gave what was arguably his most important speech since he took up post. His speech contained three big messages.

12 October 2015 | Comments: 1

The government's proposal for a new contract that gives groups of GPs the opportunity to work more closely with a range of other services is not a bad idea, says Hugh Alderwick.

6 October 2015 | Comments: 15

Healthwatch England’s recent report, Safely home, described in harrowing detail the personal stories of patients who felt that their discharge from hospital was unsupported. It also described patients marooned in acute beds unable to move on. So how can older people's care be improved?

18 September 2015 | Comments: 4
Amid growing concern that most NHS providers are sliding into deficit, arguably we should be even more worried about social care providers, says Richard Humphries.
16 September 2015 | Comments: 1
The coalition government outlined a framework for a network of local Healthwatch organisations, with the aim of creating a credible, representative and influential public voice in the system. So how have these organisations been developing?
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?
24 August 2015 | Comments: 6
Although the ambitions of the care models in the US may resonate with our intentions here, we would be wise to learn from the early experiences of those who went before us, says Rachael Addicott.
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.
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.
10 July 2015 | Comments: 4
Care homes have operated in the shadows of public and political awareness for too long, with policy attention focused on reactions to service failure rather than the promotion of good care.
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.
19 June 2015 | Comments: 3
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?
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.
19 May 2015 | Comments: 9
‘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.
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.
20 March 2015 | Comments: 4
What is health care like for the 15 million people living with long-term conditions in England? Today 10 leading patient charities (known collectively as The Richmond Group) are publishing their assessment of the state of health care from the perspective of the people they represent.
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.