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 NHS merger decisions: what's the evidence? Candace Imison assesses what evidence is needed for NHS merger decisions. Blog What has the number of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals got to do with patient choice? Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice. Blog Three challenges facing clinical commissioning groups Chris Ham asks what can clinical commissioning groups learn from medical practices in California. Blog Can satisfaction with the NHS get any higher? John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high. Blog Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Is good NHS management a waste of money? Chris Ham's blog about the importance of good management and leadership in the NHS. Blog Data blog: what's happening to NHS redundancies? James Thompson explores the figures behind this year's NHS redundancies in his data blog. Blog Commonwealth Fund survey: if the NHS is doing well, why is it changing? As a new Commonwealth Fund survey reflects a positive light on the NHS, Chris Ham asks why we are still moving forward so quickly with health reforms? 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 Innovations in the health care workforce needed to deliver productivity improvements Anna Dixon explains why it will only be possible to deliver productivity improvements in the NHS by using human as well as financial resources differently. Blog The growing complexity of NHS commissioning: a recipe for confusion and conflict? As the NHS Commissioning Board commences a period of shadow running, Nick Goodwin asks whether changes to clinical commissioning are simply reinventing the wheel. 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 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 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 What lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's market reforms? Anna Dixon asks what lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's NHS reforms? 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 Why are we waiting? Early indications show that while waiting times are still historically low, they are beginning to increase under the coalition government. Blog Health and social care reforms: what next for the NHS billions? David Buck argues that the real question about NHS funding lies not in whether it increases, but in how it is allocated. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.