Publications

Bringing you the latest independent views on health and social care from The King's Fund, all of our reports and findings from our projects are available to buy or download. You can also view our Time to Think Differently publications

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Leadership and leadership development in health care - The evidence base | by Michael West, Kirsten Armit, Dr Lola Loewenthal, Dr Regina Eckert, Thomas West, Allan Lee

Leadership and leadership development in health care

The evidence base
Michael West, Kirsten Armit, Dr Lola Loewenthal, Dr Regina Eckert, Thomas West, Allan Lee
A summary of the evidence about about leadership in health care services, published in collaboration with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Center for Creative Leadership.
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Population health systems

Going beyond integrated care
This paper aims to challenge those involved in integrated care and public health to ‘join up the dots’, seeing integrated care as part of a broader shift away from fragmentation towards an approach focused on improving population health.
Staff engagement - Six building blocks for harnessing the creativity and enthusiasm of NHS staff

Staff engagement

Six building blocks for harnessing the creativity and enthusiasm of NHS staff
This paper encourages NHS boards and other leaders to focus on staff engagement and suggests six building blocks for ensuring a highly engaged workforce.
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Implementing the NHS five year forward view

Aligning policies with the plan
Our report calls for fundamental changes to how health services are commissioned, paid for and regulated to deliver the vision of the NHS five year forward view.
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The future is now

Chris Ham, Anna Brown
Featuring the voices of patients, volunteers, clinicians and managers, our new digital report explores future ways of changing health and health care for the better.
The NHS under the coalition government - Part one: NHS reform | by Chris Ham, Beccy Baird, Sarah Gregory, Joni Jabbal, Hugh Alderwick

The NHS under the coalition government

Part one: NHS reform
Our new report assesses the coalition government's record on the NHS. It comes in two parts, with this first part focusing on the reforms set out in the Health and Social Care Act.
British Social Attitudes 2014 - Public satisfaction with the NHS and health care  | by John Appleby, Ruth Robertson

British Social Attitudes 2014

Public satisfaction with the NHS and health care
The King's Fund report on the British Social Attitudes 2014 survey of the public's satisfaction with the NHS and health care issues. By John Appleby and Ruth Robertson
Risk or reward? - The changing role of CCGs in general practice | by Ruth Robertson, Shilpa Ross, Laura Bennett, Holly Holder, Jeni Gosling, Natasha Curry

Risk or reward?

The changing role of CCGs in general practice
Ruth Robertson, Shilpa Ross, Laura Bennett, Holly Holder, Jeni Gosling, Natasha Curry
A report from the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund finds that CCGs risk becoming unsustainable without changes to the way they attract leaders and adequate funding to help them expand their remit.
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How is the NHS performing? January 2015

Quarterly Monitoring Report
Our latest survey of finance directors shows a deepening pessimism about the current financial state of health organisations and worries about the coming financial year.
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Leadership vacancies in the NHS

What can be done about them?
Our research with the HSJ Future of NHS Leadership inquiry highlights the difficulty NHS organisations face in recruiting and retaining people for executive positions.
Managing quality in community health care services | by Catherine Foot, Lara Sonola, Laura Bennett, Bev Fitzsimons, Veena Raleigh, Sarah Gregory

Managing quality in community health care services

From children’s services to care for older people and end-of-life support, the community sector plays a key part in meeting the challenges facing our health and care system. This report presents findings from a small-scale study into how quality is managed in community services.
The Autumn Statement - NHS Funding

The Autumn Statement

NHS Funding
The King's Fund's written briefing in advance of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement to parliament, calling for an additional £2 billion in funding for the NHS to prevent a financial crisis in 2015/16.
The reconfiguration of clinical services - What is the evidence? | by Candace Imison, Lara Sonola, Matthew Honeyman, Shilpa Ross

The reconfiguration of clinical services

What is the evidence?

This paper aims to help those planning and implementing major clinical service reconfigurations ensure that change is as evidence-based as possible. It investigates the five key drivers – quality, workforce, cost, access and technology – across 13 clinical service areas, summarising the research evidence and professional guidance available in each.

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Exploring CQC’s well-led domain

How can boards ensure a positive organisational culture?
The CQC’s inspections focus on five key lines of enquiry as part of its ‘well-led’ domain. This paper sets out what boards can do in these five areas and draws on examples of good practice in leadership and culture in health care.
Commissioning and contracting for integrated care | by Rachael Addicott

Commissioning and contracting for integrated care

This report describes how CCGs in England are innovating with alternative approaches to commissioning and contracting as a way of driving integrated care.
People in control of their own health and care - The state of involvement | by Catherine Foot, Helen Gilburt, Phoebe Dunn, Joni Jabbal, Becky Seale, Joanna Goodrich, David Buck, Jeremy Taylor

People in control of their own health and care

The state of involvement
Despite the consensus that patients should be more involved in decisions about their health and care, little progress has been made. Our new report examines the reasons why and considers how we can put ideas about patient involvement into practice.
How is the NHS performing? October 2014 - Quarterly Monitoring Report | by John Appleby, James Thompson, Joni Jabbal

How is the NHS performing? October 2014

Quarterly Monitoring Report
Our latest survey of finance directors reveals the highest level of pessimism about the financial position of health organisations since we began surveying in the autumn of 2011.
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Specialists in out-of-hospital settings

Findings from six case studies
We visited six services where consultants are delivering or facilitating care outside hospital. This report presents the findings from those visits as case studies and identifies some of the key characteristics and challenges to this way of working.
System leadership - Lessons and learning from AQuA's Integrated Care Discovery Communities | by David Fillingham CBE, Belinda Weir

System leadership

Lessons and learning from AQuA's Integrated Care Discovery Communities
This paper seeks to identify the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of new system leaders and to learn from AQuA's Integrated Care Discovery Communities, which are attempting to combine strong organisational leadership with collaborative system-level leadership approaches.
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Financial failure in the NHS

What causes it and how best to manage it
We explore the current financial state of the NHS, the approaches used to avert financial failure and how to deal with it once it occurs.

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