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Commissioners, providers and policy-makers are showing a lot of interest in new contracting models currently being implemented. However, the contract is often seen as an end in itself rather than a tool for encouraging new ways of working. Blog Has Dalton found a way forward for struggling organisations? Encouraging leaders to take on new responsibilities will be challenging at a time when financial pain is driving many organisations to focus inwards rather than outwards, says Chris Naylor. Blog How do Care Quality Commission hospital inspections measure up? Over the past few years we have seen several high-profile failures of care in NHS acute hospitals in England, leading many in the system to question the ability of performance management and regulatory mechanisms to identify and act on poor performance. Blog New CQC inspection framework: what does a 'well-led' organisation look like? Ayesha Janjua welcomes the CQC's commitment to make understanding culture an important part of its regulatory framework, particularly as culture and leadership are so important to deliver high-quality compassionate care for patients. Blog Transforming primary care The new Department of Health document, Transforming primary care, mostly looks to improve services for those with the most complex needs. But what does it tell us about transforming primary care for the rest of the population? Blog The future provider landscape: are foundation trusts taking us down a dead end? We don't need more organisations with the label foundation trust, we need financial and clinical sustainability in the provider sector, says Candace Imison. Blog Can Simon Stevens build a coalition for change? Simon Stevens takes up his post as Chief Executive of NHS England today, with an inbox that will be full to overflowing. But what are the three issues that demand his immediate attention? Blog How engaged are CCG members one year on? One year ago today, clinical commissioning groups formally took on their statutory responsibility for £65 billion of the NHS budget. So how do individuals in CCGs feel about engagement now? Blog Medical revalidation: trauma, trivia, triumph Vijaya Nath reflects on our latest report on medical revalidation, and considers the effect on doctors going through the process. Blog A year is a long time in the politics of integrated care Although all the political parties agree about the importance of integrated care as an end, willing the means to achieve it is another matter, says Richard Humphries. Blog Hospital chains: a recipe for success? Jeremy Hunt has asked Sir David Dalton to advise him how to make it easy for NHS 'super-heads' to take over struggling organisations. But will hospital chains work? Candace Imison looks at experience from the UK and abroad. Blog What can the NHS learn from Marks and Spencer? Following the appointment of Stuart Rose to advise on leadership in the NHS, Chris Ham reflects on whether the NHS can learn any lessons from the way Marks and Spencer operates. Blog Making general practice fit for the future Federations and networks of GP practices are working to deliver extended services and raise standards of care. These innovations are valuable, but much more is needed to ensure general practice really is fit for the future, says Chris Ham. Blog Can the Care Quality Commission live up to expectations? Although the Care Quality Commission has an important role, the first line of defence against poor quality care must be frontline staff, says Catherine Foot. Blog Developing integrated care: what role do acute hospitals play? Chris Ham reflects on his recent visit to the Royal Free Hospital in London to discuss the role of acute hospitals in developing integrated care. Blog Removing the barriers to integrated care Looking back, there has been welcome progress during 2013 but, for those of us who have advocated integrated care for some time, it is premature to declare victory, says Chris Ham. Blog Is the time now right to integrate health and social care? Integrating the commissiong health and social care should drive new means of delivery that reflect the needs of those using services rather than those who provide them. Blog Spotlight on the regulators at Lib Dem party conference Faced with the squeeze on public spending it seems no politician is willing to suggest cuts in frontline staff, so it's quangos and regulators that get their focus. Blog Making markets work for patients: are commissioners up for it? John Appleby considers whether we really understand how complex and difficult managing a market for commissioning in the NHS is going to be. 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