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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 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 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 A transformation fund for the NHS Over the coming months The King’s Fund and The Health Foundation will be exploring the concept of a transformation fund. How big does such a fund need to be? And how should it be spent so that it supports real change at scale across the NHS? Blog Power to the people The case for change is clear; a system that listens to patients and enables them to achieve what they want to achieve in their health and wellbeing would improve outcomes and save money. But such systems still exist only in pockets around the country. Blog This patient’s experience I had watched One Born Every Minute and kept my eyes open; I’d attended NCT classes and yoga workshops; I’d done my reading. None of this really prepared me for the extreme pain and joy involved in giving birth to my first child, but it helped a bit. What I was absolutely unprepared for was the experience of being a hospital inpatient. Blog The Better Care Fund: will the plans work? The government expects councils and NHS partners to achieve way too much, with too little, too soon, says Richard Humphries. Blog A patient perspective: we can’t afford to be patient about involvement any longer As a person and a patient, I care deeply about involvement. I know it helps me as a patient to live more sustainably with my health conditions and I know that, in turn, can help the NHS to exist more sustainably too. Blog The parallel universes of integrated care: the process of change is as important as the content Chris Ham reflects on the integrated care summit 2014 and the parallel universes of integrated care researchers and practitioners. Blog Now is the time to create a combined health and social care system The growing problems in the NHS and social care cannot be solved by the Better Care Fund or any of the other short-term solutions on offer. Nothing less than a fundamental reform of the funding of health and social care services and citizens’ entitlements to publicly funded support is required to address these problems. Blog Taxing retired households to pay for care The third in a series of guest blogs that we are publishing in the run-up to the launch of the final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. Each focuses on one of the possible options for funding future health and social care. Here, Andrew Harrop of the Fabian Society argues that retired households should contribute more towards the costs of health and care. Blog Can we ignore NHS charges any longer? The second in a series of guest blogs that we are publishing in the run-up to the launch of the final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. Each focuses on one of the possible options for funding future health and social care. Here, Andrew Haldenby and Cathy Corrie of Reform discuss why new NHS charges are necessary and why no political party wants to talk about them. Blog Nice one NICE: developing the policy narrative on preventing disability, frailty and dementia in later life Integration cannot just be about treating frail older people, we need to think beyond health and social care, and NICE is leading the way with their new guidelines – out for consultation – on preventing disability, frailty and dementia in later life. Blog Can CCGs become accountable care organisations? ‘We need clinical commissioning groups to become accountable care organisations’ – that’s what Jeremy Hunt said recently in parliament. But what does this really mean and will it work in practice? Rachael Addicott gives her analysis. Blog An NHS tax is needed to keep the NHS free to all at the point of need The first in a series of guest blogs in the run-up to the launch of the final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. Each focuses on one of the possible options for funding future health and social care. Here, Nick Pearce of IPPR discusses how a dedicated NHS tax might work. Blog Will integration widen income-related health inequalities? We need to be very careful in understanding the links between choice of metrics, impact of policies and population dynamics over time when coming to conclusions about the success or failure of ambitions to narrow inequalities in health, says David Buck. Blog A staff-led NHS? Improving patient care by engaging staff and devolving decision-making In his new blog, Chris Ham discusses the recommendations of his review of staff engagement in the NHS. The review found compelling evidence that NHS organisations with high levels of staff engagement – where staff are strongly committed to their work and involved in decision-making – deliver better quality care. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.