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 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 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 Technology and data (-) Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (-) 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 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. Blog Involving patients and the public in developing STPs With recent discussion around the lack of patient and public involvement in the development of STPs so far, Mark Doughty considers how this can be addressed moving forward. Blog Will STPs deliver the changes we wish to see in our health and care services? Drawing on the findings of our report on sustainability and transformation plans, Nicola Walsh considers how local leaders and organisations will need to work together to ensure the plans lead to real improvements in care. Blog STPs: where are we now and what happens next? Ahead of the publication of our report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far. Blog Co-production: an inconvenient truth? Jane McGrath of community interest company West London Collaborative sets out what distinguishes true co-production from patient involvement. Blog Two years on from the Forward View, is there hope for sustainability and transformation in the NHS? Tom Buckley considers key policy changes in the two years since the publication of the NHS five year forward view, looking at the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead. Blog Overcoming the challenges to improve health and wellbeing in care homes David Oliver considers the role of care homes in the social care sector, and the challenges that need to be tackled while seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents. Blog Listening to feedback in maternity services As local areas prepare to take forward the recommendations of the national maternity review, Lillie Wenzel considers the role of user feedback in driving improvements in maternity services. Blog NHS planning guidance 2017-19: steps in the right direction? Richard Murray evaluates the latest NHS planning guidance, and considers whether the changes proposed are welcome and realistic in the current financial context. Blog STP leaders face major challenges in transforming care and balancing budgets With NHS sustainability and transformation plans hitting the headlines recently, Chris Ham discusses how the plans are shaping up and the challenges in developing new care models and delivering unprecedented improvements in efficiency. Blog The childhood obesity plan – brave and bold action? The government's long-awaited childhood obesity plan was published earlier this week. David Buck considers whether it meets expectations. Blog End-of-life care: getting it right for more people, more of the time David Oliver considers some of the positive steps being made towards improving end-of-life care. Blog A new and powerful relationship with patients Marcus Powell considers how, in a digital world, patients can embrace the opportunity to become partners and share in the decision-making that affects their care. Blog Challenging traditional relationships and embracing shared decision-making After a busy few days at NHS Confederation conference, Marcus Powell reflects on how the health service can build a new relationship with patients. Blog Is strategic commissioning the future for the NHS? Clinical commissioning is changing in response to financial and operational pressures, and the implementation of new care models. Chris Ham considers whether strategic commissioning is the way forward. Blog Separating the noise of contract negotiations from the signal of STPs Chris Ham considers the progress made so far on sustainability and transformation plans, and whether they really have the potential to be a game-changer for the NHS. Blog Realising the untapped potential of volunteering in health and care As we announce the winners of this year's GSK IMPACT Awards, programme manager Lisa Weaks considers the invaluable role that volunteering plays in health and care. Blog The leadership challenges of sustainability and transformation plans Nicola Walsh considers the challenges for health care leaders tasked with developing sustainability and transformation plans, and the behavioural shifts needed to tackle them. Blog A social movement for health? It’s already here – it’s called volunteering David Buck looks at what data from the British Social Attitudes survey tells us about the diversity and scale of volunteering in health and care services. Blog Planning for 2016/17 and beyond: from survival to sustainability With the publication today of our briefing on the impact of the NHS planning guidance, Phoebe Dunn discusses the key findings and what this could mean for the future of the NHS. 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