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 Adult social care General practice Hospital care Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership (-) Equality and diversity 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 Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting Devolution (-) Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 (-) NHS finances (-) NHS five year forward view (-) Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog Discrimination and NHS staff: stepping bravely into the grey Mandip Kaur asks how we can have open and honest conversations about difference and what it is like to be discriminated against. Blog Using patient feedback to drive improvement Joni Jabbal looks at what enables NHS acute trusts to take data from inpatient surveys, understand it, work with it, and use it to improve patient experience overall. Blog Do the public still trust doctors and nurses? Do the public still trust doctors and nurses to deliver high-quality care and put patients, interests first, or could high-profile failings and inspection results have contributed to a change in public opinion? Blog What not to do to stay in budget With the NHS overspend running at £1.62 billion for the first half of the year, what are the options available to trusts struggling to stay in budget? Blog Learning from others: devolved governance in the Australian state of Victoria The health care system in Victoria, Australia, delivers good results compared with other states, but there are still areas where improvements could be made. Blog Delayed transfers of care: join the queue Delayed transfers of care, where patients are ready to return home or transfer to another form of care but still occupy a hospital bed, are a hot topic of discussion right now. So what does the latest data tell us? Blog Does the NHS need more ratings? Last week, Jeremy Hunt announced the government's plans to introduce Ofsted-style ratings for CCGs, to help fill what he called the transparency gap in the NHS. But are more ratings really what the NHS needs? Blog The NHS, the Spending Review and George Osborne None of the choices that George Osborne faces are easy, but there should be no doubt about the implications for the public and politicians of an NHS unable to balance its budget in the face of rising demands. Blog Recognising the experience of BME staff: a reason to hope for better While there is still much more to do to achieve equality for those from diverse backgrounds who aspire to leadership roles in health and care, there is reason for hope, says Vijaya Nath. 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 NHS spending: squeezed as never before In his data blog, John Appleby looks at the scale of the NHS funding squeeze. Blog Simon Stevens' vision for the NHS: welcome but challenging to deliver In his keynote address at our annual integrated care summit, Simon Stevens gave what was arguably his most important speech since he took up post. His speech contained three big messages. Blog How can the performance of local health systems be assessed? Chris Ham reflects on the findings of our review for the Department of Health, which recommends radical simplification and better alignment of existing frameworks for assessing performance in the NHS. Blog Increased demand for care won't be addressed by doing more of the same With the first anniversary of the NHS five year forward view approaching rapidly, how are new care models developing, and what are the prospects for the future? Blog Should we be worried about CCG conflicts of interest? Are conflicts of interest affecting the services patients receive? Or is this inherent feature of clinical commissioning being managed appropriately through common-sense decision-making? Blog NHS mergers: putting all our baskets into one egg? What can be done to improve the quality of decision-making on NHS mergers, and can the tide of unsuccessful mergers be stemmed? Blog Is the purchaser–provider split dying? Is the purchaser provider split dead? No. Is it dying? Quite possibly, says Nicholas Timmins. Blog Local Healthwatch: progress, promise and power The coalition government outlined a framework for a network of local Healthwatch organisations, with the aim of creating a credible, representative and influential public voice in the system. So how have these organisations been developing? Blog This Spending Review needs honesty and realism, not panic and denial On the back of The King's Fund's submission to the 2015 Spending Review, Chris Ham reflects on the Department of Health budget and NHS funding. Blog What have we learnt in the government’s first 100 days? Chris Ham gives his assessment of the new government’s health policy. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.