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 General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations (-) Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Devolution (-) 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 2021 Blog Clinical commissioning groups: what do we know so far? In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending. Blog The passing of the Public Health Sub-Committee: mourning a missed opportunity The government has announced that the Public Health Sub-Committee is being done away with. But did it have the potential to challenge the rest of Whitehall on the public health impacts of their policies? Blog It’s time to think differently Time to Think Differently is our new programme of work aimed at stimulating debate about the changes needed for the NHS and social care to meet the challenges of the future. Blog Do GP practices that offer high-quality clinical care also offer a good experience for their patients? Clinically effective care and good patient experience are universally recognised as key elements of health care quality. But does one always go hand in hand with the other? Blog Payment by Results: time for a rethink? The more we have got to know about how PbR operates and similar payment methods in other countries operate in practice, the more there seems to be a case for a rethink, says John Appleby. Blog Health and social care at the party conferences: what does the mood music tell us? What conclusions can we draw from this year’s party conferences about the political and policy landscape for health and social care? Blog How can we deal with financial pressures in health and social care? Chris Ham draws on discussions from our recent integrated care conference to identify four key building blocks of a whole-system solution. Blog Balancing liberation with accountability? Anna Dixon looks at the difficulties in setting objectives for the NHS and at how the NHS Commissioning Board can be effectively held accountable for £80 billion of public money. Blog Making the difference on public health and inequalities: what do the public think? David Buck looks at what the Olympics can teach us about the public's attitude to the government's involvement in public health issues. Blog Transforming health and social care: can the chrysalis become a butterfly? Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs. Blog Improving the health of the poorest, fastest How do unhealthy behaviours cluster together in different population groups, and how does that in turn relate to inequalities in health? Blog Going for gold: what are the chances of an Olympic health legacy? David Buck looks at the long-term legacy the Games could leave around increasing the population’s health outcomes and physical fitness. Blog How do the Commissioning Outcomes Framework indicators measure up? From 2013 we will hear a lot more about the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, which will be used to assess the performance of clinical commissioning groups. Blog Use of emergency hospital beds: why is there so much variation? An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas? Blog Integrated care north and south of the border If the government’s integration framework encourages innovations at scale and pace, England may yet steal a march on Scotland in the development of integrated care. Blog CCGs and PCTs - not so different after all? There will be important differences between CCGs and PCTs. But in terms of the population size they cover, are they looking increasingly similar? Blog Who gets how much of the public health budget? David Buck looks at how public health funding allocations will be decided with the help of the Advisory Council of Resource Allocation (ACRA). Blog Dithering on Dilnot? Despite the coalition's pledge in its programme for government that it recognised the urgency of reform, almost a year has elapsed since Dilnot reported. Blog What every CCG leader should know about mental health Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS. Blog Commissioning support units: is externalisation the right way to go? Chris Naylor looks at what the future shape of support arrangements for clinical commissioning groups will look like. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.