The Department of Health's annual accounts, published last week, were further evidence of the increasingly serious financial crisis facing the NHS. Helen McKenna considers the outlook as measures are put in place to restore financial control.
Patrick Hall considers the steps being taken towards a more collaborative culture across the social care system.
David Oliver considers some of the positive steps being made towards improving end-of-life care.
Richard Humphries considers the findings of the annual budget survey published this week by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), and a social care system in trouble.
Ruth Robertson outlines the importance of involving GPs in commissioning and planning in the NHS if we are to meet the challenges of transforming care and balancing finances.
Marcus Powell considers how, in a digital world, patients can embrace the opportunity to become partners and share in the decision-making that affects their care.
As the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards open for applications, programme manager Lisa Weaks considers what we’ve learnt about the training and development needs of the health charity sector.
Hugh Alderwick takes a look at a new series of essays, commissioned by The King's Fund, that explores hypothetical scenarios for the future of health and social care.
Ruth Robertson and John Appleby examine data from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey to reveal what the public think about the NHS and its financial problems.
After a busy few days at NHS Confederation conference, Marcus Powell reflects on how the health service can build a new relationship with patients.
Why is it more difficult than ever for older people to leave hospital? It’s time to leave competitive behaviour behind and embrace the chance to learn from experiences in other UK health systems, says Chris Ham. The NHS in England could learn from improvement programmes under way in Scotland.
With the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care reinforcing concerns about the impact of funding restrictions on social care services, Patrick Hall considers working towards better social care provision for future generations.
As health care leaders gather this week for the NHS Confederation annual conference, Chris Ham reflects on different ‘versions’ of the NHS and how these can be combined to secure a sustainable future for the health service.
The need has never been greater for transparency and community involvement in decisions about how to manage changes to health and care services, says Alex Baylis.
John Appleby takes a look at the latest figures for health and social care spending and asks what new accounting rules mean for the UK's position in international health spending rankings.
Clinical commissioning is changing in response to financial and operational pressures, and the implementation of new care models. Chris Ham considers whether strategic commissioning is the way forward.
Hong-Anh Nguyen explores the Fund's historical work on improving patient experience, including the issue of noise in hospitals.
David Oliver looks at the findings of the National Audit Office report and considers why hospitals are still failing to discharge older people on time.
As we launch our new development programme for people who don’t yet have any formal leadership experience, Mandip Kaur considers the importance of recognising and nurturing leadership potential in the NHS.
John Appleby considers how new figures for NHS inflation will affect NHS finances, as our latest QMR survey shows increasing pessimism and concern among NHS finance directors.