With the NHS facing growing pressures on all fronts, following the general election the next government is likely to begin a new round of NHS service reconfiguration planning. So what are the challenges around service reconfiguration? And what evidence is available to help guide the process?
‘Implementing the Forward View’ is often synonymous with ‘establishing multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems’. But this risks leaving behind the more radical chapter of the Forward View – chapter two, on engaging patients and communities.
Our research highlights major gaps in the evidence for the reconfiguration of clinical services.
While many policy-makers focus on organisational structures, it is clear that successful implementation of the NHS five year forward view will hinge on getting the staffing right.
‘We need clinical commissioning groups to become accountable care organisations’ – that’s what Jeremy Hunt said recently in parliament. But what does this really mean and will it work in practice? Rachael Addicott gives her analysis.
Simon Stevens takes up his post as Chief Executive of NHS England today, with an inbox that will be full to overflowing. But what are the three issues that demand his immediate attention?
How do other countries respond to the challenges of funding health and care for an ageing population? Sarah Gregory takes a closer look in her latest blog.
Rachael Addicott looks at what we can learn from the Southcentral Foundation's system-wide transformation of care in Alaska.
The success of the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund – designed to promote integrated care and help shift care closer to home – depends on a different kind of chemistry between local NHS organisations and their local authority partners.
Chris Ham reflects on his recent visit to the Royal Free Hospital in London to discuss the role of acute hospitals in developing integrated care.
In her new data blog, Yang Tian draws on previously unpublished results from the most recent British Social Attitudes survey to see what the public think about who should pay for social care services.
Nicola Walsh reflects on the first World Innovation Summit for Health which explored new and innovative ways to tackle a variety of global health care challenges.
Amid the furore of the Competition Commission’s decision to refuse the merger of Bournemouth and Poole, some significant changes to the current failure regime have been approved in amendments to the Care Bill.
Some may argue that deep thinking about the future isn’t really necessary, but how could this foresight benefit the health and social care system?
What are the repercussions of the Competition Commission's rejection of the proposed merger in Bournemouth and Poole?
The financial and service challenges facing the NHS in London will not be met by the new NHS organisations established in April. This is the stark conclusion of our updated analysis of health care in London.
Chris Ham introduces our Commission on the future of health and social care in England, explaining that the divison between the NHS and social care established in 1948 is no longer fit for purpose.
With the same pressures in finance, medical advances and ageing populations, Nick Timmins questions why we're not making the most of learning from having one National Health Service but four different versions of it.
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?
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?