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 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 Three challenges facing clinical commissioning groups Chris Ham asks what can clinical commissioning groups learn from medical practices in California. 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 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 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 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. Blog How different will life be under the NHS Commissioning Board? Chris Naylor asks if the NHS Commissioning Board will succeed in liberating NHS workers or is it simply reinventing existing structures. Blog Hospital doctors: the reformed NHS needs you! With announced revisions of the NHS reforms, hospital doctors are being given an opportunity to become involved in clinical commissioning. Blog Are health and wellbeing boards part of the solution? One aspect of the Health and Social Care Bill that has attracted remarkably little controversy is the proposal for health and wellbeing boards. But are they really part of the solution? Blog Achieving high-quality care at manageable costs: a lesson for GP consortia Paul Zollinger-Read considers the many similarities between American medical groups and the proposed GP consortia. Blog Commissioning for the future: will fact follow fiction? How similar is the Health Select Committee's report to a simulation exercise run by NHS Lincolnshire to illustrate commissioning NHS health services in 2013/14? Blog Are we prepared for the £1-million GP? There has been much debate over GPs potentially making a profit out of health care budgets as a result of GP commissioning. Are we ready to allow these profits? Blog Breaking the mould: learning new ways to commission health care One of the biggest challenges to GP consortia is breaking out of the mindset that all private sector initiatives are to be avoided, says Paul Zollinger-Read. Blog Will the government's new mental health strategy succeed? If the government’s new mental health strategy is to have any force behind it, mental health needs to be fully reflected in the outcomes framework. Blog Providers need to get their act together while commissioners look the other way The NHS is already implementing radical changes to commissioning, but GP consortia are not commissioning services yet: what should health care providers do in the meantime? Blog Paradoxes in the debate about the Health and Social Care Bill Anna Dixon asks if the reforms in the Health and Social Care Bill are revolutionary or simply an evolution of the previous government's policy. Blog Ten questions to ask about the Health and Social Care Bill As the Health and Social Care Bill is due to be published, we look ahead to see what key issues need to be resolved, including regulation and commissioning. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.