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Blog A new trend in elective hip surgery? After more than a decade of steady growth, the number of elective hip procedures is in decline. Deborah Ward and Lillie Wenzel unpack this surprising trend. Blog The NHS misses its new target for planned elective care Siva Anandaciva considers the shift in priorities for the elective care waiting list and outlines three key considerations for developing a new strategy: how to best measure waiting times, setting realistic targets and the importance of short waits for patients. Blog Social care: the zombie of modern policy debate Social care policy has been back in the news but, says Simon Bottery, the debate is staggering around in circles with no clear sense of direction. Blog Empathy and understanding in mental health: the role of a peer support worker Emily, a senior peer support worker at Haven, explains the vital role peer support workers play in supporting people through mental health crisis. Blog The NHS, local authorities and the long-term plan: in it together? The long-term plan is written by the NHS for the NHS. But how will it work without the full involvement of local authorities? Richard Humphries argues that successful partnerships between local government and the NHS are essential for improving the health and wellbeing of local populations. Blog Shared responsibility for health: troubling language and unmet need Maybe the shared responsibility framework needs a different framing: one that starts with the acknowledgment that people who have health problems have a rightful expectation that they will be supported at a time of need, says Charlotte Augst. Blog Tackling HIV stigma in the health service Dr Tom Beaney, a GP trainee working in The King's Fund policy team, reflects on new data from the Positive Voices survey and considers the stigma that people with HIV face within the health service today. Blog Shedding light on service design involving patients and the public Rich Stockley explains how good patient and public involvement requires a robust and well-designed research process, and not just hoping for the elusive ‘lightbulb moment’. Blog The pivot: changing our relationship with the health system The nature of the health challenges we face today mean it is no longer appropriate to continue with our existing systems. We have to step outside the institutions and start in homes, communities and work places where health is created, says Hilary Cottam. Blog A potential red herring in the social care Green Paper Simon Bottery considers government interest in a ‘nudge’ approach to paying for social care but cautions against focusing on it in the upcoming Green Paper. Blog Solving the puzzle of social care: the time for action is now With new research suggesting that the number of people aged 85 and over needing round-the-clock care is set to double by 2035, the government needs to make hard choices if it is to solve the puzzle of social care, says Chris Ham. Blog Should free personal care be available in England? Simon Bottery explores a key social care difference between England and Scotland and considers whether it’s time for change. Blog Reforming social care is about more than funding Simon Bottery considers the priorities for the upcoming social care Green Paper. Blog Social care needs political support and better workforce planning Alex Baylis calls for a more strategic approach to developing the social care workforce. Blog Stopping the blame game around delayed transfers of care Simon Bottery looks at the context behind the latest row on the Better Care Fund and delayed transfers of care. Blog Public engagement – pitfalls, barriers and benefits As part of our project on the NHS and the public, Dan Wellings asks why the NHS can be reluctant to involve the public in decision-making and makes the case for why it should. Blog Growing up with the NHS: born on 5 July 1948 As part of our work on the changing relationship between the NHS and the public, Aneira Thomas, who was the first baby born on the NHS, shares her views on its past and its future. Blog Age-related dependency needs policy and long-term planning Can we reduce late-life dependency or plan for it better? David Oliver reflects on the findings of a recent Lancet paper and asks what we can do to tackle the challenges it highlights. Blog Great expectations: the changing nature of the public’s relationship with the NHS What are the biggest issues and priorities for the NHS, and what do people expect from our health care system in the 21st century? 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