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 Cancer services Community services Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards 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 Carers Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers 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 NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Saving lives, supporting communities: The role of volunteers in ambulance services Volunteers are involved in providing vital frontline care and support to ambulance services. Helen Gilburt explains how these roles are developing and diversifying to meet the wider needs of the NHS as a whole. Blog Is it possible to use the digitisation of the NHS to reach the furthest first? The health and care system has historically been reliant on paper for sharing information about patients. Digitisation is inevitably changing that, but what impact does that have on those who are marginalised? Blog Round two for STP plans: a fresh start or a dangerous distraction? A new round of planning for sustainability and transformation partnerships must allow for greater collaboration between key stakeholders to bring about real improvements in population health. Blog Prevention and early action are key to positive, healthy outcomes The ‘radical shift in approach’ towards preventive care proposed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock would align with the goals of many in the charity sector who have long been promoting prevention and early action. But will he put his money where his mouth is? Blog What should the NHS long-term plan say about STPs and ICSs? Is the integration of health and social care moving too fast for the current legal framework? Chris Ham identifies five steps to support the continuing transformation by aligning regulation, policy and practice. Blog Can generous leadership in the voluntary and community sector support NHS transformation? Voluntary and community sector leaders are expert collaborators and part of a growing movement demonstrating their willingness to take on the challenge of transformation, says Lisa Weaks. Blog The puzzle of STPs in London Why are London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships trailing behind those in other places? Chris Ham highlights some answers and recommendations in our new report. Blog Transforming general practice through volunteering In a guest blog to accompany our volunteering report, Kay Keane shares her experience of developing a community-centred general practice approach through building a community of volunteers. Blog New care models point to a better future for patients and staff Is rising demand for hospital services inevitable? Chris Ham celebrates the work of new care models that are successfully bending the demand curve. Blog A minority government: a chance for NHS leaders to seize the day? Matthew Kershaw looks at the risks and opportunities for the NHS presented by the government’s focus on Brexit. 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 The future of NHS commissioning: no map or clear destination Ruth Robertson asks how CCGs will be affected as accountable care organisations/systems and sustainability and transformation plans/partnerships are layered on top of an already complex NHS landscape? Blog Analysing STPs in London: service reconfiguration, finances and leadership Chris Ham outlines the main issues brought to light in our independent assessment of London’s sustainability and transformation plans, and what the Mayor of London can do to help with their successful delivery. 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 Tearing up the rulebook: legislation and new care models Ben Collins reflects on the reintroduction of top-down control of the NHS and system-wide planning, despite legislation that aimed to establish a very different type of health system. How far can this go before the wheels fall off? Blog Sending shockwaves through the NHS? Ben Collins asks whether we are seeing the end of the purchaser-provider split as we know it. Blog STPs: a call for ‘extraordinary’ leadership Marcus Powell calls for investment in the extraordinary leadership needed to implement sustainability and transformation plans. Blog Housing and health: STPs, White Papers and beyond Has the role of housing been given adequate consideration in sustainability and transformation plans? David Buck argues the importance of delivering health and housing services and developing policy together. Blog What next for sustainability and transformation plans? Chris Ham argues that the challenge for STPs is to translate ambitious proposals into credible plans, with clarity about the most important priorities. Blog Doing justice to mental health in STPs Chris Naylor looks at whether mental health is being considered carefully enough in the development of sustainability and transformation plans. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.