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 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 2016 2015 2013 2014 2011 2017 2010 2012 2009 2008 Blog Improving patients' experiences: when is a saving not a saving? This week's budget held no great surprises for the NHS. But as the financial situation gets harder, can the experience of patients be improved, while spending less? Blog Can we tolerate a postcode lottery? Variation in services has existed since the NHS began, but it will be interesting to see how the parties' greater commitment to localism will play out in practice. Blog Tough call on social care costs Could the impending general election be the first where social care is a key campaigning issue? Don't expect cross-party consensus yet, warns Richard Humphries. Blog Fair and healthy society Tammy Boyce comments on the publication of the Marmot Review into inequalities in health care. Blog Are Labour's policies to blame for poor cancer survival rates? The government says that UK cancer survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe and proof of the need for change. What do the comparative statistics tell us? Blog Lib Dems aware of tough decisions ahead Norman Lamb kicked off the first of The King's Fund's election breakfast debates on 9 February 2010. Anna Dixon reports from the event. Blog Transforming practice: tips for improving patient experience Sometimes rectifying the smallest or simplest of things can transform patients' experience of care. Don't wait to form a committee, start trying to improve patients' experience now. Blog We can't go on like this The impression given that 'free care' of the elderly can be achieved without costs or trade-offs is not a solid foundation on which to build the reform of care. Blog Tories, targets and transparency On 8 January 2010 David Cameron came to the Fund to answer questions from the public and professionals on transparency, targets and bureaucracy in health care. Blog Operating Framework: playing with the levers David Nicholson's Operating Framework for 2010/11 will look familiar to the NHS, with many of its messages reinforcing the Next Stage Review. Blog Weathering the financial storm The quality of NHS service does not have to be a casualty of the financial crisis - it could be an opportunity to focus on clinical improvement and effectiveness. Blog Pre-Budget Report: a real cut overall for the NHS in 2011/12 onwards? Despite the NHS fairing relatively well in the Pre-Budget Report, the massive productivity challenge remains: a relentless five per cent a year for three years. Blog The Dr Foster data debate Anna Dixon comments on the recent controversy stirred up by the publication of Dr Foster's latest mortality figures. Blog Implications of a recession for the NHS: a freeze or worse? Extracts and slides from John Appleby's presentation at the 2009 annual conference, describing research into future prospects for NHS funding. Blog Spending for improvement: how would you pitch? If you were a chief executive in the NHS deciding how to improve quality and reduce costs, what type of leadership improvement would you choose? Blog Quality in a cold climate: the opportunities Listen to Mark Jennings' presentation, where he argued that care can only be judged to be high quality if it is also delivered efficiently. Blog Let's think differently about workforce planning The focus in workforce planning needs to be on developing a flexible approach that doesn't seek long-term precision but can enable the workforce to evolve and adapt. Blog Real QIPP: reflections from our annual conference Does the NHS have the skills to continue the drive to improve quality despite the impending budget cuts? Mark Jennings reports from our 2009 annual conference. Blog Putting the individual at the centre of clinical leadership What does the individual need in order to grow, develop, learn and ultimately make an impact across the wider system? Blog Who wants to talk about it? The future delivery of end-of-life care Health professionals must be able to talk openly about death and dying if end-of-life care in England is to improve, says Rachael Addicott.