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 General practice Hospital care Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers (-) Health inequalities Housing (-) Older people (-) Patient experience Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers (-) Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2019 Governance and regulation NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (-) 2020 2021 Blog Careworker pay: the national living wage is not enough The national living wage is a crude and ineffective way of raising careworker pay, says Simon Bottery. We need a better way of doing it, linked to wider social care reform. Blog Local listening: fears and concerns about Covid-19 vaccination How will the Covid-19 vaccination programme achieve the uptake it hopes for? Dan Wellings says understanding and involving local communities, their needs and concerns has to be part of the answer. Blog A recipe for baking in collaboration? NHS England and NHS Improvement’s proposals for new legislation NHS England and NHS Improvement’s latest legislative proposals show a desire to fast forward the integration agenda, but without further detail it’s hard to reach a view. Richard Murray reflects on the proposals. Blog What does the autumn 2020 Spending Review mean for health and care? Who were the winners and losers in the Chancellor’s autumn Spending Review? Siva Anandaciva looks at what the government’s plans promise for health and care. Blog Twelve social care personas: which one(s) are you? Simon Bottery identifies 12 different perspectives on adult social care – and argues reform needs to accommodate as many as it can. Blog The Spending Review and public health: the need for certainty in the shorter term and social value in the longer David Buck considers how the upcoming Spending Review can provide stability for public health in the short term the and resources to create social value and reduce health inequalities in the long term. Blog The Comprehensive Spending Review needs to be genuinely comprehensive: and that means investing in social care As the Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, Simon Bottery says social care has a strong case for extra investment but may need to address the ‘p’ word – productivity. Blog It is time to put trust, transparency and fair value at the centre of digital health and care Digital tools and services are increasingly being used in health and care, but what happens to all the data that is collected, who should have access to it and who decides? Pritesh Mistry outlines the value of trust and transparency in these complex agreements Blog The biggest hospital in England As movement towards having fewer, larger organisations in the NHS continues, Siva Anandaciva challenges leaders to think about how to ensure bigger is also better. 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 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 Learning from Grenfell: how can services better work with the communities they serve? As health and care services rapidly transform to tackle the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Sally Warren considers the value of working with and within communities to drive change, drawing on the lessons learnt in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy. Blog Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019 – why? Dan Wellings and John Appleby consider how staff satisfaction, patient experience and recent funding announcements may have influenced public satisfaction with the NHS. Blog Homelessness, health and housing: joining up services Nicholas Pleace at the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York considers how housing and health can better support those sleeping rough, through collaboration between the two sectors, strong leadership and a willingness to listen. Blog What does the 2020 spring Budget mean for health and care? The Chancellor used the Budget to give the NHS and public services funding to deal with the effects of coronavirus. Siva Anandaciva looks at this and other measures affecting health and social care. Blog Responding to the evidence on inequalities in health: what's needed now? David Buck calls for action after two reports on public health highlight the need for progress around health inequalities. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.