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.
Vijaya Nath reflects on Don Berwick's lecture on clinical leadership and putting the patient at the heart of NHS services.
Candace Imison explores what we can learn from early experiments in using a failure regime in the NHS.
Are the public’s views about the NHS – in particular their satisfaction with the NHS – shaped, influenced or, in some way, linked to support for or identification with political parties?
The NHS reforms in England will have major implications for all involved in the system, none more so than providers.
The hard work and long hours put in by GPs and managers in setting up CCGs have, so far, paid off. All 211 CCGs have been authorised to take control of their commissioning budgets from the beginning of April.
Should NHS leaders be more like Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg or Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party?
As implementation of the government’s controversial health reforms draws near, Richard Humphries looks at how health and wellbeing boards are shaping up.
Volunteers are well placed to help organisations meet a number of Francis’s key recommendations, says Claire Mundle.
While long-term trends in delayed transfers of care might be reducing, our latest quarterly monitoring report revealed some concerns from NHS finance directors. James Thompson explores the figures in his blog.
Andy Burnham’s speech to launch Labour’s health and care policy review was strong on principles but left many questions unanswered.
Nigel Edwards concludes our look at the relocation of care, considering whether shifting care closer to home is always the best solution.
The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs?
It will be increasingly impossible to duck the big questions about what kind of health and care system we are willing to fund, how this can be achieved and where the money comes from.
In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending.
The NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers need to be held to account, with plaudits if they excel, and consequences if they fall short of expected standards.
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.
The government has announced that the Public Health Sub-Committee is being done away with. But did it have the potential to challenge the rest of Whitehall on the public health impacts of their policies?
Following a recent roundtable discussion with Norman Lamb MP, Chris Ham looks at the key priorities needed to make integrated care a reality.