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How reliable is the data collected about detentions under the Mental Health Act? Veena Raleigh looks at the data quality issues and their implications. Blog Reducing inequalities in children and young people’s mental health With the publication of the government’s Green Paper on child and adolescent mental health, Jill Roberts looks at how it tackles the issues around inequalities. Blog Why have improvements in mortality slowed down? Veena Raleigh looks at the current debate around the slow-down in mortality improvements in England and Wales. Blog Bottom up, top down, middle out: transforming health and care in Greater Manchester Local care organisations in Greater Manchester are working to improve health and care services for their local populations. Anna Charles shares reflections from a learning network of LCO leaders. Blog New care models point to a better future for patients and staff Is rising demand for hospital services inevitable? Chris Ham celebrates the work of new care models that are successfully bending the demand curve. Blog A reduction in new HIV diagnoses is no reason to reduce effort Alex Baylis calls for effective national and local leadership in HIV services, as new figures show a fall in new diagnoses in gay and bisexual men. Blog A minority government: a chance for NHS leaders to seize the day? Matthew Kershaw looks at the risks and opportunities for the NHS presented by the government’s focus on Brexit. Blog Stopping the blame game around delayed transfers of care Simon Bottery looks at the context behind the latest row on the Better Care Fund and delayed transfers of care. Blog How does the NHS work? A never-ending story Our new six-and-a half-minute animation explains how the NHS works. Katie Mantell looks at how and why we produced it. Blog What do child health indicators tell us? What do the recently published child health indicators tell us about how well children are doing? And how could the indicators inform a cross-sector strategy for children in England? Jill Roberts looks for answers. Blog Hospital bed numbers – can the downward trend continue? Leo Ewbank asks whether sustainability and transformation plan proposals to reduce the number of hospital beds are realistic. Blog Is investment in GP services increasing? Is the promised extra funding for general practice reaching frontline services? Beccy Baird explains how the lack of national data makes this a hard question to answer. Blog Streamlining the organisation of the NHS without a top-down reorganisation Chris Ham makes the case for aligning the work of NHS Improvement and NHS England. Blog The future of NHS commissioning: no map or clear destination Ruth Robertson asks how CCGs will be affected as accountable care organisations/systems and sustainability and transformation plans/partnerships are layered on top of an already complex NHS landscape? Blog Age-related dependency needs policy and long-term planning Can we reduce late-life dependency or plan for it better? David Oliver reflects on the findings of a recent Lancet paper and asks what we can do to tackle the challenges it highlights. Blog Tobacco, drugs and obesity: taking stock of recent policy David Buck explores the similarities and differences in the government’s approach to tobacco control, childhood obesity and drug strategy. Blog Getting serious about public mental health Chris Naylor considers whether public mental health is being prioritised in a world of thinly stretched public health budgets. Blog Learning from human guinea pigs: creating open, supportive organisational cultures Alex Baylis looks at how far research ethics have come in 50 years and reminds us of the importance of creating organisational cultures that put patients first and support staff to do the right thing. Blog London and health: the best and worst of cities Chris Naylor examines how the capital compares with other English cities on selected health indicators, and asks what role cities should play in health improvement. Blog Reducing inequalities in health: towards a brave old world? David Buck looks at what recent research and data can tell us about progress on tackling health inequalities, and argues that when planning for the future we should look to the past. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.