Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Adult social care (-) Cancer services Community services Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups (-) Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 General election 2019 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 Blog Cancer or dementia: the social care system is unfair to people with either condition The often-made contrast between ‘free’ support for cancer and ‘means-tested’ support for dementia is not entirely accurate, says Simon Bottery. Blog Going Dutch in West Suffolk: learning from the Buurtzorg model of care What would holistic health and social care delivered by a non-hierarchical team look like in England? Jo Maybin makes some observations about work under way in West Suffolk. Blog Five myths of compassionate leadership Compassionate leadership is needed now more than ever in the NHS, but there is a reluctance to put it into practice. Michael West and Suzie Bailey dispel five common myths surrounding compassionate leadership and explain how it is essential for alleviating the current workforce crisis. Blog Clinical leadership – moving from good will to good practice Durka Dougall looks at the areas in which clinical leadership can make a difference as the health and care system evolves, suggesting that a more strategic and comprehensive approach is needed to meet modern-day needs. Blog Leadership in the independent sector How can leaders drive quality improvement in independent hospitals? Alex Baylis and Deborah Homa look at the challenges. Blog Championing quality and seizing improvement opportunities: are we getting it right? Durka Dougall argues that improving quality of care for patients and delivering better value care are often two sides of the same coin. Blog Shifting attention to acute medical wards would benefit staff and patients David Oliver explains why we should focus on issues at the NHS front line. Giving more time and thought to the experience of acutely ill medical patients would bring benefits to the entire health system. Blog The general management 'mistake' Following Jeremy Hunt's comments about whether the creation of a general management class in the NHS in the 1980s had been a mistake, Matthew Lewis reflects on whether this is the case and how clinical leadership can be better developed. Blog The role of clinical leadership in the evolving NHS Matthew Lewis, a hospital consultant who has recently joined The King's Fund on a part-time basis, talks about the role of frontline staff in demonstrating leadership through managing and using resources effectively at a time of substantial change for the NHS. Blog Making the transition from NHS clinician to manager What can be done to ease the transition from clinician to senior manager in the NHS? Divisional medical director Dr Dilys Lai reflects on the support needed to make this step. Blog The role of GPs in leading local health system change Dr Nikita Kanani reflects on the opportunities and challenges posed by GPs becoming medical leaders in their local health system. Blog Three challenges for clinical leaders in 2016 With January now having drawn to a close, Vijaya Nath takes the opportunity to review the challenges for clinical leaders in the year ahead. Blog Why is medical leadership important in the health service? Binita Kane reflects on the challenge of aligning the different perspectives of managers and frontline medical staff, and why an effective leadership strategy is important for health service providers. Blog Clinical leaders need to bring their experience to service re-design Anna Moore reflects on how medical leaders can help to develop new models of care and integrate services around the needs of patients. Blog Engaging clinicians: keeping the bright sparks burning Vijaya Nath looks at one of the challenges facing NHS leaders, how to get the workforce, particularly clinicians, working in new ways more closely aligned to the changing nature of care. Blog To be, or not to be, a clinical director... but is that the question? For the true potential of clinical directors to be realised, we need to think about the role differently, says Matthew Rice. Blog The case for professionalising and validating medical leadership One of the priorities of our medical leadership work is to support those attracted to medical leadership and management. One way of encouraging medical leaders is to give them the same professional status that the medical profession gives to education, training and clinical practice. Blog NHS leadership: to err is human, to stay still is unforgivable In terms of collectively redesigning services to improve patient care, is the most caring form of leadership to allow staff the space to explore and err, as long as certain safeguards are in place? Blog The Cancer Drugs Fund: inequitable and inefficient? On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget? Blog Medical engagement: change or die There has been a call for the most expensive assets in health care – the doctors – to step up and engage in management and leadership. We use the right words when writing about medical engagement but how do we move from rhetoric to reality and more importantly why should doctors embrace this responsibility? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.