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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog An uncomfortable truth: digital isn’t perfect, but neither is face-to-face The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation in health and care, but are we oversimplifying when pitting digital services against face-to-face appointments? Pritesh Mistry highlights the need for balance to support both staff and the communities they serve. Blog Poor housing can no longer be swept under the carpet The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home, but what does that mean for those living in poor housing conditions? Clair Thorstensen-Woll considers how where we live shapes our experiences and outcomes of Covid-19. 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 Can the real ‘anchor institutions’ stand up? What can social enterprises teach the NHS about being an effective anchor institution? Ben Collins considers how organisations must work in partnership to better support the communities they serve. Blog The future of public health: many questions still to be answered David Buck highlights the key questions surrounding the reorganisation of the public health system in England, from who holds responsibility to the relationship with local systems. Blog Strengthening health protection: right idea, wrong time Nicholas Timmins reflects on the timing of the government’s decision to restructure England’s public health services and considers what is needed to make the new national Institute of Health Protection successful. Blog What is Covid-19 revealing about innovation in the NHS? Innovation in the NHS has historically been notoriously slow. Ben Collins considers how the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed the system and its staff to go further and faster, and what this might mean for the future. Blog The new NHS and mental health: where are we going wrong? Providing joined-up services that address people’s physical and mental health needs has long been a challenge. Jihad Malasi asks whether primary care networks could be the answer to providing holistic primary care mental health services. Blog Obesity: time for action What should a new government strategy on obesity look like? David Buck outlines what is needed to ensure this attempt is successful. Blog Mental health care in the time of Covid-19 Helen Gilburt reflects on the experiences of staff and people with mental health problems during the first months of Covid-19 and urges mental health services to learn from those experiences to plan for the future. Blog What has Covid-19 taught us about supporting workforce mental health and wellbeing? The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed gaps in psychosocial support for health care workers. Mary Docherty, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London, considers the action needed to address those gaps and meet the needs of the workforce in the future. Blog Resilience is much more than hospital beds A resilient health and care system is about more than national action. Sally Warren shares a vision for building local resilience that would allow the health and care system to respond effectively to future crises. 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 Social care reform: fit for purpose or simply fit for a crisis? As the social care sector continues to feel the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, social care reform is once again up for debate. Sally Warren outlines why any reform must have the needs of service users and staff at its heart. Blog Checking the system’s blind spots: prioritising the community response to Covid-19 Much media attention has been paid to how acute services are tackling Covid-19, but what about community health and care services? Anna Charles considers the impact of the outbreak on these often overlooked services and the role they might play in the next phase of the 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 Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak: tales from the frontline David Oliver shares his experience of tackling the Covid-19 outbreak on the front line, noting the resilience and dedication of staff in the face of adversity. 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. 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