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

To order printed copies of our publications, please purchase online or contact publications@kingsfund.org.uk or 020 7307 2568.

Leadership vacancies in the NHS front cover

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.
Transforming mental health - A plan of action for London | by Helen Gilburt, Nigel Edwards, Richard Murray

Transforming mental health

A plan of action for London

The government’s mandate for achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health has put the spotlight on mental health provision. In London, meeting the mental health needs of the large and diverse population poses major challenges, and the London Health Board has identified improving the mental wellbeing of Londoners as a priority.

Our priorities for the next government

Our priorities for the next government

With the general election coming at a pivotal time for health and social care, we set out our view of the key challenges and priorities for the next government.
A new settlement for health and social care - Final report | by Kate Barker

A new settlement for health and social care

Final report
The final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.
How is the NHS performing? July 2014 front cover

How is the NHS performing? July 2014

Quarterly Monitoring Report
Our twelfth Quarterly Monitoring Report features survey results from finance directors and interactive charts on selected NHS performance data.
Medical engagement - A journey not an event | by John Clark, Vijaya Nath

Medical engagement

A journey not an event
Our new report is based on case studies of four NHS trusts with acknowledged high levels of medical engagement. It aims to help other organisations that are seeking to create cultures in which doctors want to engage more in the management, leadership and improvement of services.
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Future organisational models for the NHS

Perspectives for the Dalton review
Candace Imison, Chris Ham, Chris Hopson, Brad Stoltz, Jonathon Fagge, Nick Marsden, Mike Deegan, Steve Dunn, Steve Melton, Lucy Heller, Anthony Marsh, Andy Brogan, David Hamlett
Ahead of the Dalton review, which is examining ways to encourage the best providers to support those that are struggling, our paper with the Foundation Trust Network explores some of the organisational models that providers could use to meet their current strategic and financial challenges.
Reforming the NHS from within front cover

Reforming the NHS from within

Beyond hierarchy, inspection and markets
Our paper argues for a fundamental shift in how the NHS is reformed, learning from what has worked (and what has not) in England and elsewhere.
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Developing collective leadership for health care

Michael West, Katy Steward, Regina Eckert, Bill Pasmore
Our paper argues that collective leadership – as opposed to command-and-control structures – provides the optimum basis for caring cultures.
Leadership and culture in the NHS

Culture and leadership in the NHS

The King's Fund survey 2014
The King's Fund's second leadership survey revealed a mixed picture of leadership, culture and the working environment across the NHS.

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