Ideas that change health care Our mission statement Shaping policy and practice Developing individuals and organisations Sharing knowledge and debate Explaining health and care Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page AudioThe NHS at 70: blow out the candles and make a wish A podcast about big ideas in health and care. Episode four: as the NHS turns 70, what state is it in? What will it look like in another 70 years? Helen McKenna talks about how the NHS is changing with Don Berwick, Ceinwen Giles and Siva Anandaciva.ReportLeadership in today's NHS: delivering the impossibleLeaders in today’s NHS operate in a climate of extreme pressure. Staffing vacancies are rife, there are widespread challenges in meeting financial and performance targets and demands on services continue to increase. What can be done to support current leaders and encourage future ones?Long readThe NHS 10-year plan: how should the extra funding be spent?The government has announced increases in NHS funding and has asked the NHS to come up with a 10-year plan for how this funding will be used. After eight years of austerity, there is now an opportunity to tackle the issues that matter most to patients and communities and to improve health and care.More recent contentResearch and analysisIndependent views on health and care.Organisational developmentHelping your organisation be fit for purpose and fit for the future.Health and care explainedHelping you understand the big issues in health and care.EventsBringing people together to share knowledge, in person and online.What are you looking for?We provide insight on health and care policy and leadership through our courses, events, publications, projects, blogs and much moreSearch termApplyBlogThe changing shape of NHS finances As austerity and widespread staffing shortages began to bite over the past decade, the finances of NHS providers often took a familiar shape each year. But more recently this pattern of financial performance has been increasingly pulled out of shape and distorted.BlogPlanning for a national centre for arts and health Sarah Gregory explores the issues around co-producing a plan to establish a national centre for arts and health. SlideshowLeadership in today's NHS: infographics These infographics illustrate some of the key statistics when it comes to leadership in today's NHS. Press releaseNHS trusts face worryingly high levels of senior vacancies A challenging mix of pressures facing NHS organisations, coupled with a culture of blaming individuals for system-wide problems, mean NHS trusts are facing significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining senior leaders, according to a new report from The King's Fund and NHS Providers. BlogThe NHS 10-year plan: transformation holds the key to sustainability Chris Ham calls for the NHS 10-year plan to outline realistic ambitions to transform health and care over the next decade, focused on improving population health and a new deal with the public.Active projectGSK IMPACT Awards The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. The 2019 awards are now open for applications, find out more about how to enter. ReportHow is the NHS performing? June 2018 quarterly monitoring report Although we have technically moved out of winter, the latest performance data paints a picture of continuing pressure on NHS staff and services. While A&E departments understandably received much of the focus over the winter months, a quieter decline continues in waiting times for planned (elective) care. BlogIs our love for the NHS bad for our health? On the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Dan Wellings considers whether public affection for our health service is blinding us to its imperfections and the lack of investment in other essential services such as public health and social care.BlogIs the problem of excessive winter deaths unique to the UK? Veena Raleigh assesses patterns in the latest mortality data for European countries. The NHS at 70 To mark the BBC's coverage of the NHS's 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from The King's Fund, the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Nuffield Trust have joined forces for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions about the NHS.ReportDigital change in health and social care The use of digital technology in health and social care can improve quality, efficiency and patient experience as well as supporting more integrated care and improving the health of a population. This report shares practical learning from a series of case studies where significant large-scale digital change is happening. ReportThe public and the NHS: what's the deal? In March 2018 The King’s Fund and Ipsos MORI carried out a series of discussion events with the public to explore people's views on the relationship between the public and the NHS. This report sets out the findings.Paid eventThe King's Fund integrated care summit 2018 ReportThe role of cities in improving population health: international insightsDrawing on international case studies, this report explores the role of cities in improving population health and the conditions needed for success.VideoHow does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide Watch our animation for a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it’s changing.