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 Cancer services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Maternity services Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills (-) Patients, people and society Children and young people Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 (-) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog All I want for Christmas... is better care for the elderly With the pressures on A&E, Richard Humphries explains that it's the frail elderly patients that remain in hospital beds that we should be more concerned about. Blog Can we be aspirational about quality standards for mental health when resources are so tight? Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care. Blog We need to make our wards more friendly for people with dementia The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals. Blog Are the Whole System Demonstrator trial results a watershed moment for the rise of telehealth? Nick Goodwin asks if new government strategies and positive results from the Whole Systems Demonstrator trials will encourage new investment into telehealth. Blog How can we bridge the gap between knowledge and practice to deliver good patient experience? Bev Fitzsimons, asks whether a new patient and family-centred care programme can help improve patients' experience. Blog Are personal budgets really the best way to personalise health care? While government ministers seem enthused by plans to allow patients to manage their own health budgets, Angela Coulter asks if we should be exploring other options. Blog Is the GP contract a barrier to integrated care? Anna Dixon discusses the need to rethink how we commission and contract with primary care if the ambitions of integrated care are to be realised. Blog Making a reality of telehealth: lessons from the Whole System Demonstrator programme As we await the results of the WSDAN project, Nick Goodwin considers what else is needed to support new technologies in telehealth and telecare. Blog Obesity and public health: a taxing issue David Buck questions whether a 'fat tax' would help or hinder the government's attempts to curb obesity in England. Blog SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog We need to talk about frail older patients Drawing on experience from our Point of Care programme, Jocelyn Cornwell explores the options to improving the poor results on care shown in the CQC report. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog Do we need more generalists in our hospitals? Anna Dixon asks if ever-increasing specialisation in acute care is benefitting patients in her new blog. Blog The case for reconfiguration in emergency surgery Using a personal experience of emergency surgery, Candace Imison makes the case for hospital reconfiguration in her blog. Blog From Dilnot to delivery: the politics of social care reform Richard Humphries asks whether the political momentum can be found to carry through Dilnot's suggestions for social care funding in England. Blog Reconfiguring hospital services: a bold move to improve health care? Chris Ham examines how to reconfigure hospital services to improve the quality and safety of health care. Blog Who's paying for mental health services for young people? Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services. Blog Patient-centred care: the universal power of stories Jocelyn Cornwell discusses the dynamic, culture-changing power of stories and story-telling in health care in her new blog. Blog Working with patients to improve health services: Experience-based co-design in practice Joanna Goodrich asks can we really expect to improve services in a way that makes a difference to patients if we don’t listen to their experiences? Blog Do we spend too much money on drugs? As the cost and quality of GP prescribing comes under media scrutiny, Nick Goodwin asks, are we spending too much money on drugs? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.