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 Community services (-) Emergency care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations (-) Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people (-) Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog New CCG allocations: straw men laid to rest but deeper questions remain? NHS England have set out their thinking on how the bulk of NHS money will get to where it needs to be, and on what basis, through allocations to CCGs – David Buck shares his thoughts on this decision. Blog Transforming patient experience: not a quick fix Turning around a culture of care cannot be achieved through a quick fix. It takes courage, because you can’t start to improve things without first admitting that you could have been doing things better, says Joanna Goodrich. Blog Why aren’t care homes higher on the agenda in the health debate? So much of our effort is spent trying to extend life that our ageing society should be a success story, a cause for celebration. Why then aren’t care homes firmly on the agenda in political debates on the NHS? Blog Supporting people with long-term conditions: what is the house of care? Angela Coulter explains why the house of care ought to be the centrepiece of every integrated care project, with greater attention paid to the contribution that people make towards managing their own health. Blog Why we cannot afford to be pessimistic about CCGs The future of clinical commissioning groups hinges to a large extent on the support they receive from local GPs, says Chris Naylor. Blog Named clinicians for vulnerable older people – how will it work in practice? Jeremy Hunt recently announced that vulnerable older people in England are to have a named clinician responsible for their care when they leave hospital – but how will it work? And what are the caveats? Blog Developing GP federations: will clinical commissioning stand in the way? Central to the RCGP's new vision, The 2022 GP, is the proposal that GP practices come together as federated or networked organisations. But can GP federations develop alongside CCGs? Blog We must end ageism and age discrimination in health and social care David Oliver argues that, unless our society changes its attitudes to older people, it will be an uphill battle to deliver results. Blog There’s nothing quite like being there All senior civil servants will now be expected to spend the equivalent of four weeks a year with staff and patients in health and social care organisations. But will this lead to a more patient-centred culture? Blog Are accident and emergency attendances increasing? Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances? Blog Can we keep up with the demand for urgent and emergency care? With the urgent and emergency care system under severe pressure, Nigel Edwards looks at how the problems around increasing demand could be addressed. Blog A new beginning for the care of older people in hospital? Although the care of older people will be ‘core business’ for the foreseeable future, numerous reports have highlighted serious failings in that care. Does the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report mark a new beginning? Blog Clinical commissioning groups: a north-south divide? The hard work and long hours put in by GPs and managers in setting up CCGs have, so far, paid off. All 211 CCGs have been authorised to take control of their commissioning budgets from the beginning of April. Blog The increasing demands on Accident and Emergency departments: no easy answers While demands on accident and emergency departments have always received great attention, Robert Royce highlights that many are still struggling to cope. Blog Letter to a friend, a non-executive director on the board of an NHS Foundation Trust Jocelyn Cornwell gives her advice to non-executive directors following the Francis Inquiry report. Blog Building a culture of compassionate care in the NHS Anna Dixon gives her reaction to the recommendations set out in the long-awaited Francis Inquiry report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Blog When it comes to care, is there any place like home? Jeremy Porteus, Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, explains how appropriate housing for older people could improve health outcomes and deliver savings. Blog A guide to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Everyone Counts The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs? Blog Transforming primary care: let's start with the basics In a blog for our Time to Think Differently programme, Hugh Reeve, a GP and Clinical Chair of Cumbria CCG, explains why changes to primary care must start with the basics. 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