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.
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?
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
Is it appropriate for regulators to be responsible for providing functions under the umbrella of 'supervision', including clinical support, development, and mentorship?
What does the future hold for the care and support of people living with dementia? David Oliver shares his thoughts.
The NHS faces three major challenges in 2015: preparing for the spending review, achieving much closer integration of health and social care, and ensuring that the NHS has the leadership in place to deliver the highest possible standards of care within available resources.
To deliver high-quality, compassionate care one, often overlooked, part of the equation is how to identify, recruit and retain the current and future senior leaders needed to take on this leadership challenge.
As the dust settles on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, this is a good time to review what it told us. I think it contained three big messages: one on money, one on reform, and one on social care.
Community services are a vital part of delivering co-ordinated care, and could be the answer to many of the health service’s woes in the future, says Bev Fitzsimons.
In organisations like hospitals, many of the answers are found among staff rather than in the executive offices and boardrooms, says Chris Ham.
The case for change is clear; a system that listens to patients and enables them to achieve what they want to achieve in their health and wellbeing would improve outcomes and save money. But such systems still exist only in pockets around the country.
If we are seeking to truly understand health care, it is not numbers or stories, but numbers and stories that are needed, says Bev Fitzsimons.
I had watched One Born Every Minute and kept my eyes open; I’d attended NCT classes and yoga workshops; I’d done my reading. None of this really prepared me for the extreme pain and joy involved in giving birth to my first child, but it helped a bit. What I was absolutely unprepared for was the experience of being a hospital inpatient.
As a person and a patient, I care deeply about involvement. I know it helps me as a patient to live more sustainably with my health conditions and I know that, in turn, can help the NHS to exist more sustainably too.
With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on.
The NHS featured heavily at all three major party conferences over the past few weeks. How could it not; despite a ring-fenced budget, it is increasingly showing signs of financial strain, says John Appleby.