Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Public health Mental health General practice Adult social care Community services Emergency care End-of-life care Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Sexual health care New models of care Cancer services Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Accountable care Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Clinical commissioning groups Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership Sustainability and transformation plans Quality improvement Patient leadership Patients, people and society Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Patient involvement Older people Housing Health inequalities Children and young people Carers Public opinion Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 Better Care Fund Social care finances Performance Productivity NHS five year forward view Devolution Brexit Access to care General election 2017 Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Blog Education, integration and involvement: three key steps to quality improvement Chris Ham visited Intermountain Healthcare to see what makes it one of the most admired health care systems in the US and to discover what the NHS could learn. Blog Breaking the mould: learning new ways to commission health care One of the biggest challenges to GP consortia is breaking out of the mindset that all private sector initiatives are to be avoided, says Paul Zollinger-Read. Blog Uncertain times ahead for charities amidst public sector cuts Lisa Weaks announces the ten winners of the 2011 GSK IMPACT Awards and explains why the awards are even more important as financial cuts bite. Blog How will the Budget affect the state of our health? Public spending must be cut to create the right conditions to deliver growth and innovation in the private sector. But how will this affect health and wellbeing? Blog Competition versus integration: how to get the balance right Debate about competition in the NHS is often polarised between those who are opposed to private sector involvement in the NHS and those who think the NHS needs to be broken up. Blog Care and compassion in the NHS In light of the Health Service Ombudsman's recent report, Jocelyn Cornwell examines ways to improve NHS care, including intentional nurse rounds. Blog Will the government's new mental health strategy succeed? If the government’s new mental health strategy is to have any force behind it, mental health needs to be fully reflected in the outcomes framework. Blog Is the health service really so different from other service industries? After a bad experience of airline customer service, Bev Fitzsimons reflects on how similar an experience patients may face with health care providers. Blog The future of telehealth and telecare in England is on a knife edge At a time when the health service is under pressure to improve quality with fewer resources, new technologies are being carefully scrutinised. Blog Providers need to get their act together while commissioners look the other way The NHS is already implementing radical changes to commissioning, but GP consortia are not commissioning services yet: what should health care providers do in the meantime? Blog Will the Health Bill improve cancer survival rates? Andrew Lansley has invoked our relatively poor cancer outcomes as part of his justification for health reform. But just how bad are we at treating cancer? Blog Paradoxes in the debate about the Health and Social Care Bill Anna Dixon asks if the reforms in the Health and Social Care Bill are revolutionary or simply an evolution of the previous government's policy. Blog The Big Society: nudging the public towards better health How important is changing social norms to the success of health behaviour change? David Buck discusses his findings from the health and the Big Society event. Blog Improving patient experience: it's the little things that matter The Point of Care team reflect on how the smallest actions on the part of staff can make a huge difference to patients’ experience of care. Blog Ten questions to ask about the Health and Social Care Bill As the Health and Social Care Bill is due to be published, we look ahead to see what key issues need to be resolved, including regulation and commissioning. Blog How do quality accounts fit into the information revolution? Catherine Foot asks if the new quality accounts will help the public and patients have a clearer view of the quality of care provided locally. Blog Waiting times tracker: analysis of seasonal effects An important issue in understanding trends in waiting times is seasonal variations. John Appleby looks at hospital waiting times in his data blog. Blog Mid Staffordshire: a hospital that lost its way Stephen Moss, Chair of Mid Staffordshire, spoke at our conference this week about the lessons he had learnt from the 'story of a hospital that lost its way'. Blog Pathfinder consortia: a step in the right direction Our health and the Big Society event provoked an interesting debate on balancing the reality of the financial situation with the vision in the health White Paper. Blog New inflation forecasts imply small real cut for NHS funding in England When the Spending Review was announced, the NHS budget got off lightly in comparison to other departments. But will inflation eat in to or even reverse this increase? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.