Ideas that change health and 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 AudioCan the NHS be a truly flexible workplace? Helen McKenna sits down with Kate Jarman, Director of communications and corporate affairs at Milton Keynes University Hospital and co-founder of Flex NHS to discuss what working flexibly means in practice, communicating during Covid-19 and activism in the health service.BlogWhat does the autumn 2020 Spending Review mean for health and care? Who were the winners and losers in the Chancellor’s autumn Spending Review? Siva Anandaciva looks at what the government’s plans promise for health and care.Active projectLeading through Covid-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented timesThe second wave of Covid-19 offers new as well as ongoing challenges for the health and care system. These resources are aimed at leaders working in the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector. We want to hear about the challenges you are facing, to help us shape the resources we produce and ensure these are practical and useful. More recent contentWhat are you looking for?We provide insight on health and care policy and leadership through our courses, events, publications, projects, blogs and much moreSearch termApplyResearch 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.Long readThe digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and careThe Covid-19 pandemic has seen many health and care services turn to digital technology to continue meeting patients’ needs. But beyond remote consultations, what are the key technologies to look out for in the future?ArticleAn open letter to the Chancellor Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, Richard Murray, has written an open letter to the Chancellor, the Right Honourable Rishi Sunak, to outline why health and care services need the stability of a multi-year funding deal.Paid eventPrevention in mental health: from theory to practice (virtual conference)Long readCritical care services in the English NHS Critical care capacity has been described as ‘the number to watch’ during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This updated explainer looks at the number of critical care beds, how critical care units work and how they are staffed.Long readThe updated GP contract explained NHS England and the British Medical Association’s general practice committee have negotiated an update to the five-year GP contract framework published in January 2019. This explainer outlines the changes and explains what they mean for the future of general practice.Long readPrimary care networks explained A key part of the NHS long-term plan, primary care networks (PCNs) will bring general practices together to work at scale. But what are they? How are they funded and held accountable? And what difference will they make? Beccy Baird explains the latest form of GP collaboration.BlogStanding shoulder to shoulder: nursing with courage and compassion Karen Bonner, Chief Nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, explains why courage and compassion are needed now more than ever to help nurses and midwives to thrive at work.Long readAccess to new medicines in the English NHS Have you ever wondered how new medicines are developed, approved and priced? This explainer outlines the long journey from the discovery of a new drug to when it becomes available on the NHS.Data visualisationActivity in the NHS Over the past 10 years, it has often been stated that the NHS treats more than a million people every 36 hours, but is that still true? We analyse NHS activity pre-Covid-19 and explore some of the underlying trends that lie behind these headline statistics.BlogIt is time to put trust, transparency and fair value at the centre of digital health and care Digital tools and services are increasingly being used in health and care, but what happens to all the data that is collected, who should have access to it and who decides? Pritesh Mistry outlines the value of trust and transparency in these complex agreementsLong readHow Covid-19 has magnified some of social care’s key problems The Covid-19 pandemic has not changed the fundamental problems facing social care, but it has exacerbated some of them, says Simon Bottery.Commissioned reportThe courage of compassion: Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality careThis report, commissioned by the RCN Foundation, explores the causes and consequences of poor mental health and wellbeing among nurses and midwives, and seeks to identify solutions to these issues and examples of good practice. Data visualisationNHS workforce We know the NHS is facing a workforce crisis, but how many people work in the NHS in England, and what do they do?Press releaseThe King's Fund office and COVID-19 In line with government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, The King’s Fund has closed its office. Find out how to contact us and about our work in response to the outbreak. AudioProfessor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu: nursing, resilience and building statues Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu sits down with host Helen McKenna to talk about what drew her to nursing, becoming the first Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia nurse specialist in the UK, and how to remain positive in the face of adversity.Long readDeaths from Covid-19 (coronavirus): how are they counted and what do they show?Veena Raleigh examines the methods being used to count deaths from Covid-19 and discusses what the numbers to date show. Long readThe road to renewal: five priorities for health and care Covid-19 is the biggest challenge the health and care system has faced in living memory; it's essential that lessons are learned from this experience. So how can the system build on this learning to bring about positive change and renewal? This long read sets out five priorities to help guide the approach to renewal across health and care. Active projectThe King's Fund position: what do we think about key health and care issues?Do you want to know what The King’s Fund thinks about the big issues in health and care? Here we set out our views on a range of topics, based on our research and policy analysis as well as the work we do with individuals and organisations in the health and care system. Now including our position on mental health, public health and integrated care.Virtual events and conferencesFeature'A long way to go': ethnic minority NHS staff share their storiesWhat is it like being a member of staff from an ethnic minority background in the NHS? We spoke to 12 people about their experiences.ReportWorkforce race inequalities and inclusion in NHS providers Despite having a diverse workforce, ethnic minority staff in the NHS continue to experience worse levels of bullying and a lack of opportunities for career progression. This report looks at how three NHS providers are working to better support staff and address these inequalities.Our strategic priorities for 2020–24 Our work spans the breadth of health and care policy and practice, giving us a unique understanding of the strategic context for health and care now and in the future. Long readSocial care 360 Updated with 2018/19 data, our 360 review outlines and analyses 20 key trends in adult social care in England over recent years. Using a variety of publicly-available data, it provides a uniquely rounded – ‘360 degree’ – view of the sector.VideoWhat is population health? What is a 'population health' approach? And what role do we all play in keeping our communities healthy? 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