Blog: 2016

Richard Murray
21 December 2016 | Comments: 8

As we publish our new briefing, Richard Murray considers the wider context of increasing demand and activity in English hospitals.

16 December 2016 | Comments: 2

Chris Naylor looks at whether mental health is being considered carefully enough in the development of sustainability and transformation plans.

14 December 2016 | Comments: 5

Following Jeremy Hunt’s comments about whether the creation of a general management class in the NHS in the 1980s had been a mistake, Matthew Lewis reflects on whether this is the case – and how clinical leadership can be better developed.

Ben Collins
12 December 2016 | Comments: 2

Ben Collins reflects on the reasons behind the failure of the UnitingCare contract, and lessons that have been learnt for commissioning in the NHS.

11 December 2016 | Comments: 2

Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available.

7 December 2016 | Comments: 6

Following our recent event on keeping people safer in the health and care system, David Naylor reflects on how the ‘implementation gap’ between theory and practice can be narrowed.

1 December 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

Joni Jabbal
1 December 2016 | Comments: 1

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.

25 November 2016 | Comments: 7

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.

24 November 2016 | Comments: 9

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.

24 November 2016

Lynsey Hawker looks through The King’s Fund’s archive to explore how guidance on what constitutes good-quality patient information has changed over the years.

18 November 2016

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.

18 November 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

Emily Northern
16 November 2016 | Comments: 5

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.

15 November 2016 | Comments: 7

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.

14 November 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

Don Berwick
11 November 2016 | Comments: 2

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.

8 November 2016 | Comments: 5

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.

7 November 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

3 November 2016 | Comments: 6

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.