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 General practice Hospital care Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical leadership Equality and diversity (-) Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Population health Public opinion Technology and data (-) Volunteers (-) Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2019 Governance and regulation NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (-) 2020 2021 Blog Careworker pay: the national living wage is not enough The national living wage is a crude and ineffective way of raising careworker pay, says Simon Bottery. We need a better way of doing it, linked to wider social care reform. Blog A recipe for baking in collaboration? NHS England and NHS Improvement’s proposals for new legislation NHS England and NHS Improvement’s latest legislative proposals show a desire to fast forward the integration agenda, but without further detail it’s hard to reach a view. Richard Murray reflects on the proposals. Blog What does the autumn 2020 Spending Review mean for health and care? Who were the winners and losers in the Chancellor’s autumn Spending Review? Siva Anandaciva looks at what the government’s plans promise for health and care. Blog Twelve social care personas: which one(s) are you? Simon Bottery identifies 12 different perspectives on adult social care – and argues reform needs to accommodate as many as it can. Blog The Comprehensive Spending Review needs to be genuinely comprehensive: and that means investing in social care As the Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, Simon Bottery says social care has a strong case for extra investment but may need to address the ‘p’ word – productivity. Blog It is time to put trust, transparency and fair value at the centre of digital health and care Digital tools and services are increasingly being used in health and care, but what happens to all the data that is collected, who should have access to it and who decides? Pritesh Mistry outlines the value of trust and transparency in these complex agreements Blog The biggest hospital in England As movement towards having fewer, larger organisations in the NHS continues, Siva Anandaciva challenges leaders to think about how to ensure bigger is also better. Blog The Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19: the more we know, the less we know... How will the autumn Comprehensive Spending Review address the short-term and long-term needs of the health and care system, especially when the future is so uncertain? Jonathon Holmes considers the Chancellor’s options. Blog Improving the nation’s health: striking the right balance between national and local Sally Warren reflects on the findings of the Health Devolution Commission, which considered the role of ‘health in all policies’ and the balance between local and national action. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog Why are improvements in life expectancy slowing in the United Kingdom and across Europe? In an international collaboration, The King's Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examine the role of cardiovascular disease in changes in life expectancy. Blog Tough challenges but new possibilities: shaping the post Covid-19 world with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector Lisa Weaks explores the challenges facing the VCSE sector and the importance of harnessing its expertise, workforce and reach in the Covid-19 response. Blog Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak in care homes: messages from a geriatrician and a health service researcher about how the NHS can help Covid-19 demands that there is closer working between care homes and the NHS to support residents to be safe and well. Researchers Adam Gordon and Claire Goodman reflect on the messages they are hearing from care home staff about what support is needed. Blog Capitalising on the offer of help – volunteering in the Covid-19 crisis The number of people stepping up to volunteer during the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the headlines, but what role are they playing? Helen Gilburt considers the how volunteers are supporting the current response and what that might mean for volunteering in the future. Blog Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019 – why? Dan Wellings and John Appleby consider how staff satisfaction, patient experience and recent funding announcements may have influenced public satisfaction with the NHS. Blog What does the 2020 spring Budget mean for health and care? The Chancellor used the Budget to give the NHS and public services funding to deal with the effects of coronavirus. Siva Anandaciva looks at this and other measures affecting health and social care. Blog Looking ahead to the Budget: what should we expect for health and care? Ahead of the Budget on 11 March, Sally Warren considers what should be included to enable the new government to deliver on its manifesto commitments, from NHS infrastructure and staffing, to social care and public health. Blog Is it time for a new National Beds Inquiry, or a national policy decision? Does the NHS need more beds or fewer beds to meet current and future needs? Siva Anandaciva sets out what might help to resolve the debate. Blog Social care can’t cope alone with the cost of the living wage The rise in the national living wage will stretch adult social care beyond its limit, says Simon Bottery. More money – and a more strategic approach to the social care workforce – is needed. Blog 2019: The health policy year in 12 charts Siva Anandaciva takes a quick look back at some of the key events that shaped national policy in 2019 and asks what the year ahead might have in store for health and care. 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