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 End-of-life care (-) General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement 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 Blog Carry on prescribing: who is responsible for co-ordinating patients’ medication? People are now taking more drugs than ever before, but who is responsible for ensuring each patient’s prescriptions are appropriate? Blog The value of volunteering in acute trusts Every NHS acute trust in England encourages people to volunteer – to contribute to their service and play an important part in improving patient experience. But how many people volunteer in acute trusts in England and what roles do they play? Blog The new GP contract is but a small step towards a better future for primary care The new GP contract is a small step in the right direction, but it falls far short of the rebirth of general practice. Much more needs to be done to transform primary care and ensure it meets the needs of patients and populations in future, says Chris Ham. Blog Reforming primary care: culture must trump the rules Candace Imison reflects on the future of primary care conference, highlighting examples of good practice in delivering high-quality, patient-centred primary care. Blog On the right track? How HealthPathways are improving care in Canterbury, New Zealand How have HealthPathways improved referral management, communication between health professionals and quality outcomes in Canterbury, New Zealand? Nick Timmins looks at the evidence in his new blog post. 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 Show us your data, doctors Ninety-two doctors have been in the news recently over their decision to opt out of the government's plan to publish outcomes data for named consultants. But is publishing outcomes like this the right thing to do? Blog Health care innovations in the United States: what lessons are there for the NHS? How do US organisations provide high-quality person-centred care? And what lessons can be drawn for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector? Blog The NHS in 2013: no place for the faint hearted The NHS reforms in England will have major implications for all involved in the system, none more so than providers. 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 Labour’s health and care policy review: ambitious but incomplete? Andy Burnham’s speech to launch Labour’s health and care policy review was strong on principles but left many questions unanswered. 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. Blog Who wants to talk about it? The future delivery of end-of-life care Health professionals must be able to talk openly about death and dying if end-of-life care in England is to improve, says Rachael Addicott. 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 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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