Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library 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 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 General election 2019 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 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 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 Digital-first primary care: helpful disruptor or unnecessary disruption? Beccy Baird considers the pros and cons of digital-first primary care and argues that digitally enabled approaches to improving access must be woven into a holistic model of general practice. Blog Crunch time for local system plans: five things to look out for Anna Charles considers what we might learn from the local system plans currently being developed by sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems. Blog Five tips for successfully leading a primary care network Clinical leaders of primary care networks face both challenges and opportunities to bring people together to drive real change. Beccy Baird and Tricia Boyle suggest five ways to help successfully lead a primary care network. 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 The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog Volunteers in NHS hospitals: developing the infrastructure to support them is a win-win The role of volunteers in the NHS cannot be overstated, but good management is essential to making sure they provide NHS staff with the support they need. 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 Co-ordinating care for high-cost, high-need patients Chris Ham considers the care models for patients with complex needs presented at the Commonwealth Fund International Symposium, and argues that clinical teams need time and resources to effectively co-ordinate the care they provide. 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 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 Using technology to build a partnership of trust with patients Chris Ham explores how technology can enable positive clinician-patient relationships and support patients to take an active role in their health and wellbeing. Blog Second’s out, round two: Is the government’s latest childhood obesity plan a knockout? Less than a year since its underwhelming first attempt, the government has just released round two of its plan for childhood obesity. What has the government learned since the last time round and is it still pulling its punches? Blog How can the NHS work effectively with patients and the public? In a guest blog for our NHS and the public project, Ceinwen Giles asks what patient involvement could mean for the NHS. Blog Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision – our response Helen Gilburt evaluates the government's plan to transform children and young people's mental health provision. 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 The compact between the public and the NHS Chris Ham explores how the public's expectations of and obligations towards the NHS have changed over time. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.