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With the much-anticipated Autumn Statement next week and NHS financial pressures hitting the headlines, Chris Ham considers the political context and what lies ahead for a health service on the brink. Blog Two years on from the Forward View, is there hope for sustainability and transformation in the NHS? Tom Buckley considers key policy changes in the two years since the publication of the NHS five year forward view, looking at the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead. Blog Marginal gains secured by new care models offer a glimpse of the future Chris Ham reflects on our work with vanguard sites in the new care models programme, in partnership with NHS England and other national bodies, to improve and transform care. Blog Overcoming the challenges to improve health and wellbeing in care homes David Oliver considers the role of care homes in the social care sector, and the challenges that need to be tackled while seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents. Blog NHS planning guidance 2017-19: steps in the right direction? Richard Murray evaluates the latest NHS planning guidance, and considers whether the changes proposed are welcome and realistic in the current financial context. Blog The consequences of living within your means 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. Blog End-of-life care: getting it right for more people, more of the time David Oliver considers some of the positive steps being made towards improving end-of-life care. Blog Public accountability needs to be at the heart of NHS reform 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. Blog Separating the noise of contract negotiations from the signal of STPs Chris Ham considers the progress made so far on sustainability and transformation plans, and whether they really have the potential to be a game-changer for the NHS. Blog Are opportunities still limited for black and minority ethnic staff in health care leadership? Vijaya Nath reflects on the issues raised in a recent round-table event on how the NHS can better enable black and minority ethnic staff to achieve their potential as leaders. Blog Challenges ahead for the newly established NHS Improvement NHS Improvement aims to deliver better healthcare, transformed care delivery and sustainable finances. With the official launch on 1 April 2016, Richard Murray considers the challenges it faces. Blog NHS vanguards – one year on A year on from the identification of 29 vanguard sites for the NHS's new care models programme, Chris Ham reflects on the progress 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 A social movement for health? It’s already here – it’s called volunteering David Buck looks at what data from the British Social Attitudes survey tells us about the diversity and scale of volunteering in health and care services. Blog The foundation trust model: death by a thousand cuts Ben Collins argues that changes in government policy coupled with worsening NHS finances have now fatally compromised the foundation trust model. 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 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 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 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. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.