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As Theresa May formally steps down as Conservative leader, Nicholas Timmins considers whether history will remember her legacy on health kindly.ReportClosing the gap: key areas for action on the health and care workforceStaffing is the make-or-break issue for the NHS in England. In this joint report with the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, we set out the policy actions that need to be at the heart of the workforce implementation plan due to be published later this year. Long readSocial care 360 This 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.Press releaseThe King's Fund responds to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on NHS waiting times Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, responds to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment. BlogFive myths of compassionate leadership Compassionate leadership is needed now more than ever in the NHS, but there is a reluctance to put it into practice. Michael West and Suzie Bailey dispel five common myths surrounding compassionate leadership and explain how it is essential for alleviating the current workforce crisis.BlogThe prevention Green Paper: the right time to put it in its place?David Buck considers what is likely to be in the government’s Green Paper on prevention – and what should be in it.BlogA new trend in elective hip surgery? After more than a decade of steady growth, the number of elective hip procedures is in decline. Deborah Ward and Lillie Wenzel unpack this surprising trend. 2019 GSK IMPACT Award winners Our congratulations go to the ten charities that have won 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing. Blog What does NHSX have to learn from other countries’ experiences of digitisation in health systems? As NHSX is set to begin work on digital transformation in the NHS, Matthew Honeyman reports on discussions from the European Health Policy Group’s most recent meeting and considers what the NHS can learn from other systems.ReportA vision for population health: Towards a healthier futureWe need to move away from a system just focused on diagnosing and treating illness towards one that is based on promoting wellbeing and preventing ill health. Our report sets out a new vision for population health.ReportClicks and mortar: Technology and the NHS estateFinancial pressures and growing demand mean that health and social care services will need to work differently. This report reviews how technology in the NHS estate is currently being used, and imagines how the 'estate of the future' might look.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. BlogThe NHS misses its new target for planned elective care Siva Anandaciva considers the shift in priorities for the elective care waiting list and outlines three key considerations for developing a new strategy: how to best measure waiting times, setting realistic targets and the importance of short waits for patients. Blog Social care: the zombie of modern policy debate Social care policy has been back in the news but, says Simon Bottery, the debate is staggering around in circles with no clear sense of direction.BlogWorkforce implementation plan: Five key issues to look out forWith an interim workforce implementation plan due to be published soon, Richard Murray highlights five areas to look for, from the recruitment of nurses and primary care staff, to leadership, training and national oversight.BlogPrimary care networks and the deprivation challenge: Are we about to widen the gap? The newly emerging primary care networks provide an opportunity to tackle health inequalities in England but, as Rebecca Fisher and Beccy Baird explain, they will have to be careful to avoid perpetuating the problem.VideoFatima Elguenuni: language, listening and the Grenfell community Fatima Elguenuni talks about the importance of language and listening in the context of delivering health services to the Grenfell community.BlogHitting the sweet spot? multi-morbidity, the NHS long-term plan and population healthWith its long list of commitments on specific clinical issues, did the NHS long-term plan miss a vital opportunity to address health inequalities? David Buck takes a look at what the plan could achieve for people with multi-morbidities, in a guest blog for the Richmond Group. Commissioned reportOutcomes for mental health services: what really matters?An independent commissioned report, Outcomes for mental health services, considers the difficulties in measuring outcomes in mental health services, and calls for consensus between health care professionals and service users on what outcomes actually matter.BlogSpare change: the public and NHS funding Is the NHS adequately funded, and how should funding be raised? Harry Evans explores the findings of the British Social Attitudes survey on public attitudes towards NHS funding and taxation.Paid eventNinth annual leadership and management summit: compassionate and inclusive leadership in actionBlogA lav affair: do we care enough about public toilets? With spending on public toilets declining over the past decade, Deborah Fenney explores the impact this can have on individuals and why this lack of facilities matters for health care.Long readWhat does the NHS England review of waiting times mean for accident and emergency departments? As NHS England proposes new waiting times targets, Siva Anandaciva weighs up the impact of the four-hour target and outlines seven key issues for the new standards that have been proposed for emergency departments.Long read What does improving population health really mean? Everybody in NHS policy seems to be talking about population health. But what does it really mean and how can we improve it?BlogUnderstanding urban health: Thinking large and smallImproving population health in towns and cities requires both an overarching city-wide strategy, as well as a granular understanding of the needs of local neighbourhoods, as Chris Naylor and Kieron Boyle explain.Long readPrimary care networks explained A key part of the NHS long-term plan, primary care networks will bring general practices together to work at scale. But how will they be formed, funded and held accountable? And what difference will they make? Beccy Baird explains the latest form of GP collaboration.CourseBuilding your authority: Influencing beyond your role A programme to enable you to influence beyond your formal role and work effectively within groups and systems. BlogThe NHS long-term plan: five things you need to knowThe NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know.BlogCompassion: your greatest leadership contribution? The NHS long-term plan highlights that compassion and inclusive leadership are essential for allowing staff to perform their best. Suzie Bailey considers how to overcome divisive top-down leadership and encourage cultural change.Long readThe NHS long-term plan explained On 7 January, the NHS long-term plan was published setting out key ambitions for the service over the next 10 years. In this explainer, we set out the main commitments in the plan and provide our view of what they might mean, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for the health and care system as it moves to put the plan into practice.