Our projects combine original research with objective analysis to influence health and social care policy, support managers in health care and generate informed debate.

A new relationship with patients, service users and citizens

Over the past couple of years, we have been exploring what a more collaborative relationship with patients, service users and citizens might look like, and how we could support it. Here is a selection of our commentary, analysis and leadership work. 

Alternative guides to health care

Three animated videos that explain how the health and care system in England works - one on the NHS as a whole, one on urgent and emergency care and one on mental health.

Clinical leadership

Evidence shows that clinical engagement is clearly linked to better outcomes and better care for patients. We believe that clinical leadership and engagement need to be a priority right across the NHS.

Collective leadership

Collective leadership means everyone taking responsibility for the success of the organisation as a whole – not just for their own jobs. It requires organisations to distribute leadership power to wherever expertise, capability and motivation sit within organisations.

Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England

Twelve recommendations for a vision of a more integrated health and social care service, simpler pathways through it and more equal treatment for equal needs.

Could online user-generated content revolutionise health services?

In partnership with The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at leading cross-party think-tank Demos, we are undertaking a one year study, piloting the ability of big data analytics to help tap into and make use of citizen-generated health data. 

Developing a proposal for a Transformation Fund to sustain the future of the NHS

The King’s Fund and The Health Foundation have called for a properly resourced ’transformation fund’ to support change in the NHS.


Devolving responsibility for health and social care to local areas has emerged as one of the new government’s defining policy agendas. However, questions remain about its implications for the NHS and social care.

Experience-based co-design toolkit

This toolkit outlines a powerful and effective way of improving patients' experience of services.


The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. 

Health and social care under the new government

The new government takes up office with the NHS facing its biggest challenges for many years, while pressures on social care are escalating. Here we present our priorities for the government and other selected commentary and analysis, as the new parliament gets underway.

Health and social care: the first 100 days of the new government

After 100 days in office, the new government's plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. Here we explore the measures that have been announced so far.

Improving NHS culture

It is now accepted that healthy cultures in NHS organisations are crucial to ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care. So which characteristics are fundamental to a healthy culture?

Integrated care collaborative programme for four communities

Our integrated care collaborative programme is focused on supporting communities to make integrated care happen.

Leadership in action

The leadership in action series is offers practical advice for leaders in health and social care (including board members) to improve their leadership skills. 

Learning network on integrated housing, care and health

The National Housing Federation and The King’s Fund have launched a joint learning network on integrated housing, care and health.

Measuring the performance of local health systems

In June 2015, The King’s Fund was commissioned by the Department of Health to review how the performance of local health systems could be assessed.

NHS funding and finances

Financial pressures are growing, with large numbers of hospitals now in deficit. Here is a selection of our research, analysis and other content relating to NHS funding and finances.

Older people’s experiences of community health services

This project seeks to better understand the experiences of older people who rely on community health services and to explore how these services can be improved.

Pressures in general practice

This project aims to get a better understanding of the workload in general practice, why GPs report feeling under so much pressure and make recommendations about what might be done to help.

Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2014

The British Social Attitudes survey 2014 presents a picture of the public’s satisfaction with the way the NHS runs, with specific NHS services, such as GPs, inpatients and outpatients, and with social care provided by local authorities.

Quarterly monitoring report

Our latest survey of finance directors shows a deepening pessimism about the current financial state of health organisations.

Supporting new NHS care models

The King’s Fund is working with NHS and care organisations to support the development of the new care models set out in the NHS five year forward view.

System leadership

We work with leaders across communities to support collaboration in a number of ways – for example, by helping to develop whole-system leadership for integrated care, or by supporting the development of new models of care across organisational boundaries.

The evolution of clinical commissioning: learning from local experience

We are working with the Nuffield Trust to understand the development of CCGs and the challenges they face.

The NHS five year forward view

The NHS five year forward view, published in October 2014 by NHS England, sets out a positive vision for the future based around seven new models of care. Here we highlight our research, analysis, events and other content relevant to the main themes in the report.

The sustainability of social care services

The King’s Fund has begun a major new research project, in partnership with the Nuffield Trust, to understand the effects of public spending reductions on social care services over the past five years.

Urgent and emergency care

We've pulled together some information on the pressures on urgent and emergency care to help you make sense of the facts and figures behind the recent headlines.