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 Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership (-) Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector (-) Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Population health (-) Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Brexit (-) 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 (-) 2021 Blog How has the NHS People Plan 2020/21 influenced the future of the NHS as an employer? As the lifespan of the 2020/21 NHS People Plan nears its end, it’s time to pause and reflect on how the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic may have shifted NHS workforce plans for the future. David Maguire considers how the Plan is shaping the NHS as an employer. Blog How do GP trainees see their future in general practice? Aamena Bharmal reports on the findings from the 2020 survey of GP trainees – and is optimistic about the opportunities available in primary care. Blog Building primary care teams remotely Working out how to embed new roles into general practice teams will be crucial to staff recruitment and retention. Beccy Baird considers the opportunities and challenges remote working offers for achieving this. Blog What enabled rapid digital change in primary care during the Covid-19 pandemic? Primary care adopted digital technology at pace during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Beccy Baird reflects on research looking at why and how this was possible – and how positive changes can be sustained. Blog Recovery and then renewal: the innovation imperative for health and care How can the health and care system support staff to recover from the Covid-19 crisis? Michael West and Suzie Bailey discuss the building blocks for recovery – and how the system then moves to renewal. Blog Student nursing numbers: good news at last? Last year saw the reintroduction of the maintenance grant for student nurses and an expansion in the number of places on courses. David Maguire considers the impact this is having on the number of new trainee nurses and the existing workforce Blog 2020: the health policy year in 12 charts The wheels of health policy turn quickly. So, as 2021 begins Siva Anandaciva looks back at the key health policy moments of 2020 to consider the challenges and opportunities that the year brought. Blog How do we change NHS culture to make way for more women leaders? Belinda Weir reflects on our women in leadership conference, which explored how to create cultures that redress the continuing scarcity of women leaders across the health care sector. Blog Putting patient safety first: how long will it take before the NHS learns from its mistakes? Candace Imison draws on some of the inspirational stories we heard at our 2013 Annual Conference to look at how the NHS could improve patient safety by learning from mistakes. Blog The Integration Transformation Fund: the foundation of a genuinely integrated system or just another brick in the wall? Expectations for the Integrated Transformation Fund are high, but will it actually help to deliver integrated care when the system is so under pressure? Blog IT systems – an overlooked cog in the integration machine? Being able to measure impact and to exchange information are two of the key elements of seamless care co-ordination. So how can current IT systems be improved to help achieve this more effectively? Blog When will the future begin? Some may argue that deep thinking about the future isn’t really necessary, but how could this foresight benefit the health and social care system? Blog Creating cultures that put patients first The culture that patients are treated in is the one that we all work in, and if we are to learn from Francis and truly improve the NHS, it starts with us, says Donna Willis. Blog You can't get the staff these days: the shifting NHS workforce In light of our September 2013 quarterly monitoring report, James Thompson investigates the reasons behind the recent decline in the NHS hospital and community health service workforce in England. Blog The NHS workforce: how do we balance cost-effectiveness with safety? Professor James Buchan explores how NHS reforms have affected the health and social care workforce, and the importance of maintaining the balance between safety and cost-effectiveness. Blog Let’s hear it for allied health professionals It is impossible to deliver effective care without the crucial contribution of highly trained allied health professionals. Yet, whenever the quality of health care is debated, these vital staff are written out of the conversation. Blog Why aren’t there more women leaders in the NHS? Judy Taylor blogs about the results of a survey run by the Health Service Journal and The King’s Fund, which has elicited some interesting insights into women’s leadership styles and the barriers that prevent women achieving their full potential. Blog Why do people find it so hard to speak out in the interests of patients? Health care staff are usually motivated to enter their professions by a desire to make a difference for patients and service users. Why then, do they find it so hard to speak up for patients when they see care that does not meet satisfactory standards? Blog Developing GP federations: will clinical commissioning stand in the way? Central to the RCGP's new vision, The 2022 GP, is the proposal that GP practices come together as federated or networked organisations. But can GP federations develop alongside CCGs? Blog Health care innovations in the United States: what lessons are there for the NHS? How do US organisations provide high-quality person-centred care? And what lessons can be drawn for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.