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Blog Quality improvement for patient safety: a chance to steady the ship? Does the recommissioning of the Academic Health Science Networks’ patient safety collaboratives mark a renewed commitment to quality improvement for the NHS? In this blog, Ben Collins considers the NHS’s relationship with quality improvement and the challenges it faces in bringing about real improvements in quality. Blog Hidden from the targets: how long are patients waiting for NHS care? Deteriorating performance against national waiting time targets is one of the most visible signs of the increasing pressures facing the NHS. But do the current headlines fully capture how long patients are now waiting for NHS care? Blog Not to be sniffed at: flu vaccination for NHS staff What more could the NHS do to improve flu vaccination uptake among staff? Bilal Sahib looks at the options. Blog Learning from human guinea pigs: creating open, supportive organisational cultures Alex Baylis looks at how far research ethics have come in 50 years and reminds us of the importance of creating organisational cultures that put patients first and support staff to do the right thing. 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 What have we learnt about keeping people safer? Following our recent event on keeping people safer in the health and care system, David Naylor reflects on how the implementation gap between theory and practice can be narrowed. Blog Patient safety: closing the implementation gap Dr Suzette Woodward, national campaign director for NHS England's Sign up to Safety campaign, reflects on the difficulty of introducing new methods to improve patient safety and what can be done to improve the success rate when it comes to putting theory into practice. Blog What has the impact been of recent caps on NHS agency staff spend? Four months since the first caps on NHS agency staff spend were introduced by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority, Phoebe Dunn looks at the impact so far. Blog Real trust rather than regulated trust should be the foundation on which improvement in the NHS is built A shift in emphasis, away from rules and regulation and towards developing positive organisational cultures that encourage risk taking and avoid blame, will be key as the NHS strives to improve quality Blog Safe staffing in the NHS comes at a cost When the Care Quality Commission suggested in its recent State of Care report that safer, better care does not necessarily cost more the inclusion of the word necessarily was important, says Helen McKenna. Blog Is the NHS delivering too much of the wrong things? More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse. 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 Putting patient safety first: how long will it take before the NHS learns from its mistakes? Candace Imison draws on some of the inspirational stories we heard at our 2013 Annual Conference to look at how the NHS could improve patient safety by learning from mistakes. Blog Creating cultures that put patients first The culture that patients are treated in is the one that we all work in, and if we are to learn from Francis and truly improve the NHS, it starts with us, says Donna Willis. Blog Why do people find it so hard to speak out in the interests of patients? Health care staff are usually motivated to enter their professions by a desire to make a difference for patients and service users. Why then, do they find it so hard to speak up for patients when they see care that does not meet satisfactory standards? Blog The government’s response to Francis: will it lead to an improvement in quality of care? Nigel Edwards shares his thoughts on the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report. Blog First do no harm: lessons from service reconfiguration in London What can we learn from service redesign in London? Chris Ham reflects on themes from our conference on progressing health care in the capital. Blog Maternity wards need the right people in the right place at the right time Could the situation in maternity care be improved if maternity services changed the way they use their current workforce? Natasha Curry explores in our blog. Blog Will the Health Bill improve cancer survival rates? Andrew Lansley has invoked our relatively poor cancer outcomes as part of his justification for health reform. But just how bad are we at treating cancer? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.