With the publication of a new national framework for improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services, Michael West considers how it offers optimism and practical next steps for a beleaguered NHS.
Over the summer, a judicial review ruled that NHS England has the legal power to fund the use of anti-retroviral drugs (pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP) for HIV prevention as well as for treatment.
With recent research from Age UK suggesting that 1.2 million older people are not receiving the social care they need, Anna Charles looks at how this issue appears to be slipping under the radar.
With recent discussion around the lack of patient and public involvement in the development of STPs so far, Mark Doughty considers how this can be addressed moving forward.
With the much-anticipated Autumn Statement next week and NHS financial pressures hitting the headlines, Chris Ham considers the political context and what lies ahead for a health service on the brink.
Ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement, Nicholas Timmins compares the financial pressures currently facing the health and care system with those weathered by other sectors in the past.
As we publish the first results from our new monitoring of general practice, Emily Northern looks at the challenges facing the sector and asks why doctors choose to become GPs.
Reflecting on insight from the high-performing Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Chris Ham considers how its values could be applied to improve performance and outcomes in the NHS.
Drawing on the findings of our report on sustainability and transformation plans, Nicola Walsh considers how local leaders and organisations will need to work together to ensure the plans lead to real improvements in care.
Professor Don Berwick was appointed to support the new care model vanguards to learn from international best practice. Here, he assesses the progress the vanguards have made to date and considers how to share the lessons learnt.
As we publish a joint statement on health and social care, Richard Humphries considers the rising levels of concern in the social care sector about funding and quality of care.
David Buck looks at the complex issue of whether local public health services should be funded through business rates, and proposes a set of conditions that need to be met before this option is pursued.
Ahead of the publication of our report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far.
Jane McGrath of community interest company West London Collaborative sets out what distinguishes true co-production from patient involvement.
Matthew Lewis, a hospital consultant who has recently joined The King’s Fund on a part-time basis, talks about the role of frontline staff in demonstrating leadership through managing and using resources effectively at a time of substantial change for the NHS.
Tom Buckley considers key policy changes in the two years since the publication of the NHS five year forward view, looking at the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead.
Chris Ham reflects on our work with vanguard sites in the new care models programme, in partnership with NHS England and other national bodies, to improve and transform care.
David Oliver considers the role of care homes in the social care sector, and the challenges that need to be tackled while seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents.
Nicholas Timmins looks at some of the big issues raised by proposed changes in the way that drugs approved by NICE should be funded.
New data shows that mandated increases in investment have failed to materialise on the front line of mental health care. Helen Gilburt considers what this means and the implications for future improvements.