Integrating the commissiong health and social care should drive new means of delivery that reflect the needs of those using services rather than those who provide them.
Richard Giordano discusses the leadership role that clinical and medical directors will play during the cold resource climate ahead.
Measuring quality was put at the forefront of quality improvement by the NHS Next Stage Review. But we need to get better at thinking about why and how we use it.
Niall Dickson comments on Stephen O'Brien's admission at the Conservative Party conference 2009 that far from being the source of evil, targets could be a good thing.
Does the Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, know something we don't about future NHS spending? He seemed remarkably chipper at our debate at the Labour Conference.
Andy Burnham recently announced that hospital payments will be linked to patient experience at service level. Will this help to improve quality?
Faced with the squeeze on public spending it seems no politician is willing to suggest cuts in frontline staff, so it's quangos and regulators that get their focus.
Much of the health care improvement over the past decade has been characterised by high levels of investment - how will the NHS cope with the new financial challenge?
Ruth Thorlby considers the differences between the English and the American health system, as the NHS is used in the political debate over health reform in the US.
This week The King's Fund and the Institute of Fiscal Studies has published its analysis of the likely economic environment for the NHS over the next decade.
In his blog, Niall Dickson comments on the recently published social care Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together'.
John Appleby considers whether we really understand how complex and difficult managing a market for commissioning in the NHS.
We are in a serious recession from which the NHS is not immune. The Budget signals that no matter who is in power from 2011, medium-term spending prospects are grim.
Another month, another resignation. Karen Lynas reflects that the many departures of senior management in the NHS has made it a topic of debate
The introduction of patient-reported outcome measures has the potential to transform health care. But NHS leaders must move quickly to engage staff and patients.
Last week saw the publication of the NHS Operating Framework for 2009/10, with details of PCT allocations and a new formula for calculating those allocations.
As PCTs face formal judgement of their commissioning skills, The King's Fund offers its views on the new world class commissioning assurance system.
Deciding who does what will be vital if we're to get a quality service from the regulators. Niall Dickson reflects on the new role of the Care Quality Commission.
Prof. Mike Richards has a challenge to resolve the dilemmas surrounding top-ups; Anna Dixon argues that it needs to be set in a wider context of rationing.
The NHS Next Stage Review outlines sensible measures to transform patient care, but Niall Dickson argues that real cultural change is needed in the health service.