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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society (-) Carers Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Population health Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) 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 Waiting times tracker: analysis of seasonal effects An important issue in understanding trends in waiting times is seasonal variations. John Appleby looks at hospital waiting times in his data blog. Blog Mid Staffordshire: a hospital that lost its way Stephen Moss, Chair of Mid Staffordshire, spoke at our conference this week about the lessons he had learnt from the 'story of a hospital that lost its way'. Blog Pathfinder consortia: a step in the right direction Our health and the Big Society event provoked an interesting debate on balancing the reality of the financial situation with the vision in the health White Paper. Blog The waiting game: what's happening to hospital waiting times? The health White Paper sets out a significant set of reforms for the NHS. We plan to follow the evolution and implementation of these changes and assess their impact. Blog Lessons from Seattle: dealing with the challenge ahead Liz Thiebe discusses the Seattle Study Tour and notes the lessons we should be learning about commissioning and management in the UK. Blog Hospital mortality rates: fact or fiction? A report out today discusses the issues in using mortality to measure the quality of hospital care. But is this a good measure of quality of care? Blog GP commissioning: how do you decide on the size of a GP consortium? While the government plans to leave the development of consortia to be decided locally, many people feel that size matters and that guidelines should be provided. Blog The productivity gap Down Under Reflecting on the journey back from Australia to England, Mark Jennings concludes that there are great similarities between these two health systems on opposite sides of the world. Blog Which English hospital is best at hips? John Appleby considers the first set of data on post-operative patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) published by the Department of Health. Blog The White Paper challenge for GPs: plugging the knowledge and skills gaps As the election campaign ratchets up a gear prospective MPs are vying for our votes and using local service changes and promises to save hospitals as currency. Blog Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. Blog The principles of GP commissioning: general practices and the rationing dilemma The British Medical Association's GPs Committee has published its 'fundamental principles' for GP commissioning - but will it help GPs to deliver high-quality care? Blog The White Paper: will peer review improve performance for GP consortia? The government's plans for NHS reform place a great deal of power in the hands of the proposed NHS Commissioning Board, but will this help to improve quality of care? Blog Improving NHS productivity: kicking the growth habit The coalition government is promising real-terms growth for the NHS, but in practice this will be very small. So how should the NHS respond to this new world? Blog Will reconfiguration improve quality and save money? The coalition wants England to achieve the best health outcomes in Europe and deliver year-on-year productivity savings – could reconfiguration help to achieve this? Blog Lessons from America: achieving integrated health systems Having previously studied integrated delivery systems in the United States, Chris Ham supports Andrew Lansley's comments on integrated health systems. Blog What role for information in the new NHS? Information is destined to have a key role in the new vision for the NHS. But will it help to give patients choices and to increase public accountability? Blog Equity and Excellence: will the White Paper achieve all it sets out to? If the proposals set out in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence’ are implemented in full, the changes will have far-reaching consequences for the NHS. Blog Ten challenging questions about the White Paper The King's Fund believes the health White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions if it is to offer a credible plan for the future. Blog Quality accounts are out: how does your trust shape up? Quality accounts are intended to achieve two things - to increase boards' focus on quality, and to provide greater public accountability for quality. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.