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Innovation in the NHS has historically been notoriously slow. Ben Collins considers how the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the system and its staff to go further and faster, and what this might mean for the future. Blog The new NHS and mental health: where are we going wrong? Providing joined-up services that address people’s physical and mental health needs has long been a challenge. Jihad Malasi asks whether primary care networks could be the answer to providing holistic primary care mental health services. Blog It’s no longer enough to know, we must act: workforce race inequality in the NHS While the NHS is making progress on closing some race inequality gaps, there is room for improvement. Habib Naqvi discusses opportunities to support work around the Workforce Race Equality Standard. Blog Obesity: time for action What should a new government strategy on obesity look like? David Buck outlines what is needed to ensure this attempt is successful. Blog Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism It’s time to speak up and challenge the individuals and cultures that perpetuate racism and racial injustice. Tracie Jolliff calls for collective action to support change. Blog A hopeful moment? Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce The historical issues of institutional racism in the NHS have been brought sharply into focus by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recharged Black Lives Matter movement. Shilpa Ross outlines findings from our research into inequalities in the NHS and calls for action and allyship from white colleagues. Blog Mental health care in the time of Covid-19 Helen Gilburt reflects on the experiences of staff and people with mental health problems during the first months of Covid-19 and urges mental health services to learn from those experiences to plan for the future. Blog Addressing race inequalities in the NHS needs engagement, commitment and a plan As the Fund prepares to publish its report on workforce race inequalities and inclusion, Richard Murray reflects on the work ahead for organisations tackling deep-rooted, long-standing inequalities. Blog What has Covid-19 taught us about supporting workforce mental health and wellbeing? The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed gaps in psychosocial support for health care workers. Mary Docherty, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London, considers the action needed to address those gaps and meet the needs of the workforce in the future. Blog Resilience is much more than hospital beds A resilient health and care system is about more than national action. Sally Warren shares a vision for building local resilience that would allow the health and care system to respond effectively to future crises. Blog Learning from staff experiences of Covid-19: let the light come streaming in The demands of the Covid-19 pandemic have led to new ways of working for health and social care staff. Michael West and Suzie Bailey consider what this period can teach us about improving staff satisfaction and overcoming the workforce crisis. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog The impact of Covid-19 on working relationships There are relational and cultural consequences of the way the health and care system has worked during the Covid-19 crisis. As the system begins to plan for recovery, Allison Trimble cautions that these consequences can’t be ignored. Blog Why are improvements in life expectancy slowing in the United Kingdom and across Europe? In an international collaboration, The King's Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examine the role of cardiovascular disease in changes in life expectancy. Blog Tough challenges but new possibilities: shaping the post Covid-19 world with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector Lisa Weaks explores the challenges facing the VCSE sector and the importance of harnessing its expertise, workforce and reach in the Covid-19 response. Blog Social care reform: fit for purpose or simply fit for a crisis? As the social care sector continues to feel the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, social care reform is once again up for debate. Sally Warren outlines why any reform must have the needs of service users and staff at its heart. Blog Responding to Covid-19: what challenges are health and care leaders facing? Deborah Fenney and Lillie Wenzel reflect on what heath and care leaders have told The King’s Fund about the challenges they are currently facing and outline how we’re using this to shape our Leading through Covid-19 resources. Blog Checking the system’s blind spots: prioritising the community response to Covid-19 Much media attention has been paid to how acute services are tackling Covid-19, but what about community health and care services? Anna Charles considers the impact of the outbreak on these often overlooked services and the role they might play in the next phase of the response. Blog Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak in care homes: messages from a geriatrician and a health service researcher about how the NHS can help Covid-19 demands that there is closer working between care homes and the NHS to support residents to be safe and well. Researchers Adam Gordon and Claire Goodman reflect on the messages they are hearing from care home staff about what support is needed. Blog Ethnic minority deaths and Covid-19: what are we to do? Michael West and Suzie Bailey consider the disproportionate toll Covid-19 is taking on health and care staff from ethnic minority backgrounds and what it requires from us all to address this. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.