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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The Budget: health and social care funding

The Budget: health and social care funding

The briefing warns that unless additional funding is found, a growing black hole in NHS finances could have significant consequences for patient care. Although there are opportunities for the NHS to improve productivity, the briefing argues that initiatives to reduce spending on agency staff and increase financial control will not be enough to offset growing deficits among NHS providers.

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Transforming our health care system

Ten priorities for commissioners
Health care commissioners will need to deliver a sustainable system in the face of the most challenging financial and organisational environment seen in decades. Here, we set out ten priorities for commissioners to help them drive forward the changes needed.
Options for integrated commissioning  - Beyond Barker | by Richard Humphries, Lillie Wenzel

Options for integrated commissioning

Beyond Barker
With support for a new settlement for health and social care, based on a single ring-fenced budget and a single local commissioner, growing, our new report looks at the options available for integrated commissioning.
Talent management - Developing leadership not just leaders | by Sarah Massie

Talent management

Developing leadership not just leaders
This paper encourages organisations to adopt a holistic talent management and succession planning strategy and guides board and other NHS leaders through the steps needed to adopt an effective approach.
The practice of system leadership - Being comfortable with chaos | by Nick Timmins

The practice of system leadership

Being comfortable with chaos
This report draws on the experiences of 10 senior leaders to look in depth at the skills needed to be a system leader. The 10 individuals are from different backgrounds and work in different contexts, and give some very candid reflections on their successes and failures.
Workforce planning in the NHS | by Rachael Addicott, David Maguire, Matthew Honeyman, Joni Jabbal

Workforce planning in the NHS

This report look at past experience with NHS workforce planning and the challenges facing workforce planning in the future, in the light of changing health care needs and the need to deliver the future care models outlines in the NHS five year forward view. The report focuses on three areas key to providing integrated care: mental health, primary care and community nursing.
How is the NHS performing? April 2015 - Quarterly Monitoring Report  | by John Appleby, James Thompson, Joni Jabbal

How is the NHS performing? April 2015

Quarterly Monitoring Report
Mounting deficits, worsening performance and declining staff morale leave the NHS facing its biggest challenges for many years, according to our latest quarterly monitoring report.
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The NHS under the coalition government

Part two: NHS performance
This report looks at how well the NHS has performed under the coalition government. Using routinely available data, the report creates a conventional 'production path' – describing the financial inputs to the NHS before detailing its outputs, such as hospital admissions and A&E attendances.
Acute hospitals and integrated care - From hospitals to health systems | by Chris Naylor, Hugh Alderwick, Matthew Honeyman

Acute hospitals and integrated care

From hospitals to health systems
Our new report looks at lessons from five case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care - three of the sites have since been chosen as vanguards by NHS England.
Procurement and competition rules - Can the NHS be exempted? | by Ben Collins

Procurement and competition rules

Can the NHS be exempted?
In this briefing, The King’s Fund seeks to clarify whether a new government could extract the NHS from European Union procurement and competition rules.
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 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.

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