The protracted process around the proposed closure of the children’s heart surgery unit at Leeds is the latest example of the difficulties associated with delivering change in the NHS. Is there a way through this?
The NHS reforms in England will have major implications for all involved in the system, none more so than providers.
As implementation of the government’s controversial health reforms draws near, Richard Humphries looks at how health and wellbeing boards are shaping up.
Nigel Edwards concludes our look at the relocation of care, considering whether shifting care closer to home is always the best solution.
The focus of the Royal College of Surgeon’s new report on engagement with the public on service change is very welcome, but will it translate into a genuinely different dialogue at a local level?
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.
What can we learn from service redesign in London? Chris Ham reflects on themes from our conference on progressing health care in the capital.
Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs.
Current debates about the future of hospitals and bringing care closer to home echo those of the 1970s. So will anything be different this time round?
Looking back on the conference, Anna Dixon considers outstanding reform issues, including the difficult decisions that must be made around hospital reconfiguration.
Lean is a methodology developed by Toyota which aims to improve flow while minimising waste. But why is it so difficult to apply to health care?
Visiting Fellow, Claire Perry gives us an insight into her previous roles in the NHS and the examines the issues surrounding health care in London.
Candace Imison assesses what evidence is needed for NHS merger decisions.
Using a personal experience of emergency surgery, Candace Imison makes the case for hospital reconfiguration in her blog.
Chris Ham examines how to reconfigure hospital services to improve the quality and safety of health care.
Rachael Addicott asks if social enterprises will be able to compete with the big players in health care in her blog.
While David Cameron announced public services reform, Anna Dixon says the real challenge is translating them into practice in a service as diverse as the NHS.
One aspect of the Health and Social Care Bill that has attracted remarkably little controversy is the proposal for health and wellbeing boards. But are they really part of the solution?
The environmental impact of everyday things can come as some surprise. Chris Naylor examines the environmental impact of the NHS.
Are referral management centres in line with national policy on free choice of elective care and the principles of co-operation and competition?