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 Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations 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 Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view (-) Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 (-) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog Initiating improvement: the impact of the Care Quality Commission’s approach to inspection In light of the recent National Audit Office report, Rachael Smithson considers the Care Quality Commission’s approach and the ways in which the organisation is having an impact on quality of care. Blog Surviving and thriving as a small health and wellbeing charity Natasha Thomas, Chief Executive of GSK IMPACT Award-winning charity Health Action Local Engagement, reflects on what she has learnt as a charity leader over the past 14 years. Blog A system response to provider failure: does Greater Manchester point to a different future? Should we start to look at provider failure as a system issue rather than an organisational one? Chris Ham looks at the lessons the NHS can learn from Greater Manchester. Blog Comprehensive quality improvement: not ‘why should we do it?’ but ‘when will we start?’ As the Fund publishes a report on leadership for quality improvement, Matthew Kershaw encourages NHS organisations to embrace its lessons for leaders and make a start. Blog GSK IMPACT awards – defining the boundaries between good and excellent Helen Gilburt considers what it is that makes GSK IMPACT Award-winning charities stand out from the crowd. 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 Quality improvement in mental health: a commitment to long-term change Quality improvement is not a quick fix, and creating the type of cultural change needed to adapt an organisation's whole approach to quality does take time, says Shilpa Ross. Blog Will the capped expenditure process help keep a lid on NHS finances? Siva Anandaciva asks whether the capped expenditure process is an attempt at a short-term fix for a long-term problem. 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 NHS standards and performance: is prioritisation the answer we’ve been looking for? James Thompson asks whether a combination of increased funding, incentives and pressure from the centre will be enough to get A&E waiting time targets back on track. Blog (Elective) hips don't lie: Data reveals pressures on hip replacement services How have elective hip replacement services been affected by wider financial pressures in the NHS? James Thompson looks at what the data shows. Blog NHS sustainability and the public: a little more conversation Does the NHS need more money? Where should the money come from? Harry Evans looks at public attitudes toward NHS funding. Blog If the NHS is in crisis, why is public satisfaction so high? Ruth Robertson looks at the results from the British Social Attitudes survey and explores why public satisfaction is so high despite the current pressures on the health and care system. Blog The impact of NHS financial pressures – a mixed picture We know that financial and operational pressures in the NHS can affect patient care in a number of ways, but how and why does the impact vary across different service areas? Blog An NHS winter that never seems to end? Siva Anandaciva argues that A&E performance may not bounce back as quickly as expected when winter recedes. Blog Elective treatment on the back-burner? Financial and operational pressures in the NHS are having a significant impact on elective treatment; the 18-week waiting time standard will not be met in any month during the current financial year. James Thompson analyses the latest data and the tough choices ahead for the NHS. Blog An insight into frontline clinical care in acute hospitals Having spent time shadowing frontline physicians in acute hospitals, Chris Ham and Don Berwick set out the challenges they observed and talk about how the Fund is working with others to develop an agenda for improvements. Blog Looking to the future with quality improvement in mental health Quality improvement requires commitment, resources and strong leadership to deliver sustainable results. Shilpa Ross looks at what we can learn from mental health organisations. Blog The NHS at mid-winter The number of NHS trusts reporting operational pressures is unprecedented, and bed occupancy levels are unsustainably high. Richard Murray examines the story behind the numbers. Blog Quality improvement: learning from innovations in the vanguards Don Berwick sees the impact of work under way in the vanguards, and considers how their innovative approaches could be shared more widely across the NHS. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.