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 Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. Blog The principles of GP commissioning: general practices and the rationing dilemma The British Medical Association's GPs Committee has published its 'fundamental principles' for GP commissioning - but will it help GPs to deliver high-quality care? Blog The first 100 days of the coalition government The coalition has moved quickly in its first 100 days to set out its plans for the NHS. Do they build on Labour's health reforms, or are they much more radical? Blog Is a new system needed for GP referral? Getting under the skin of GP referrals is notoriously tricky, but they are important to everyone. Chris Naylor examines the current issues with the system. Blog Public health: why GPs need to see the full picture Public health needs to move out of the lecture hall and into the living room, according to Anne Milton MP. But what role should GPs be playing in public health? Blog The White Paper: the challenge for NHS leaders The scale of the challenge facing NHS leaders in pushing through the major reforms outlined in the recent White Paper, with current financial constraints, is unprecedented. Blog The White Paper: will peer review improve performance for GP consortia? The government's plans for NHS reform place a great deal of power in the hands of the proposed NHS Commissioning Board, but will this help to improve quality of care? Blog Improving NHS productivity: kicking the growth habit The coalition government is promising real-terms growth for the NHS, but in practice this will be very small. So how should the NHS respond to this new world? Blog Will reconfiguration improve quality and save money? The coalition wants England to achieve the best health outcomes in Europe and deliver year-on-year productivity savings – could reconfiguration help to achieve this? Blog Lessons from America: achieving integrated health systems Having previously studied integrated delivery systems in the United States, Chris Ham supports Andrew Lansley's comments on integrated health systems. Blog What role for information in the new NHS? Information is destined to have a key role in the new vision for the NHS. But will it help to give patients choices and to increase public accountability? Blog Equity and Excellence: will the White Paper achieve all it sets out to? If the proposals set out in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence’ are implemented in full, the changes will have far-reaching consequences for the NHS. Blog Ten challenging questions about the White Paper The King's Fund believes the health White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions if it is to offer a credible plan for the future. Blog Quality accounts are out: how does your trust shape up? Quality accounts are intended to achieve two things - to increase boards' focus on quality, and to provide greater public accountability for quality. Blog What future for world class commissioning? Government plans look set to transform the commissioning landscape in England. While primary care trusts (PCTs) face an uncertain future, things may be considerably brighter for private sector firms offering support services to commissioners. Blog Helping the voluntary sector plug the service gap The spending cuts announced last week left the health care budget intact, but there were no such promises for social care. What is the impact on wellbeing? Blog Who will deliver the productivity gains the NHS needs? Much of the conversation at the NHS Confederation annual conference has been about productivity. How will the NHS cope with increasing demand? Blog The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? Blog Will budget-holding go off with a bang or a whimper? GP budget-holding will play a major part in the coalition's plans for the NHS. What lessons should be drawn from previous attempts to involve GPs in commissioning? Blog What will replace targets and terror? The Secretary of State's revisions to the 2010/11 NHS Operating Framework have been published today and, as expected, the government is scaling back access targets. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.