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 General practice Hospital care Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view (-) Performance (-) Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog Using patient feedback to drive improvement Joni Jabbal looks at what enables NHS acute trusts to take data from inpatient surveys, understand it, work with it, and use it to improve patient experience overall. Blog Do the public still trust doctors and nurses? Do the public still trust doctors and nurses to deliver high-quality care and put patients, interests first, or could high-profile failings and inspection results have contributed to a change in public opinion? Blog NHS sustainability: there aren’t always more fish in the sea The NHS needs to effectively manage its common resources more money and greater efficiency won't be enough. Blog Delayed transfers of care: join the queue Delayed transfers of care, where patients are ready to return home or transfer to another form of care but still occupy a hospital bed, are a hot topic of discussion right now. So what does the latest data tell us? Blog Does the NHS need more ratings? Last week, Jeremy Hunt announced the government's plans to introduce Ofsted-style ratings for CCGs, to help fill what he called the transparency gap in the NHS. But are more ratings really what the NHS needs? Blog Safe staffing in the NHS comes at a cost When the Care Quality Commission suggested in its recent State of Care report that safer, better care does not necessarily cost more the inclusion of the word necessarily was important, says Helen McKenna. Blog How can the performance of local health systems be assessed? Chris Ham reflects on the findings of our review for the Department of Health, which recommends radical simplification and better alignment of existing frameworks for assessing performance in the NHS. Blog Is the purchaser–provider split dying? Is the purchaser provider split dead? No. Is it dying? Quite possibly, says Nicholas Timmins. Blog Is the NHS delivering enough things right? Misuse occurs in the NHS when health services are poorly delivered. So how big is the problem of preventable harm in health care? Blog Is the NHS delivering enough of the right things? Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things? Blog Is the NHS delivering too much of the wrong things? More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse. Blog How much has generic prescribing and dispensing saved the NHS? The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or branded drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed. Blog Day case surgery: a good news story for the NHS The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby. Blog A new way of measuring hospital productivity: what does it add? Lord Carter's interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add? Blog No more inner Stalin: can Jeremy Hunt deliver his vision for the NHS? The headlines that preceded Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the Fund may have focused on seven-day working, but what he had to say about his approach to reform is likely to be of greater interest to leaders within the NHS. Blog NHS waiting times: all change? With health policy announcements coming out almost daily both before and after the election, it’s time to take stock of where we are with NHS waiting times. Blog Understanding care quality: confronting complexity Will drawing on a whole range of information about care quality take us a bit closer to a meaningful understanding of what care is like in practice? Blog Paid for by the NHS, treated privately John Appleby looks at how much non-NHS providers contribute to NHS care. Blog Never a better time to make integrated care happen Richard Humphries looks at the options for CCGs and local authorities to work together to deliver integrated commissioning of health and social care services. Blog Manifesto pledges: more money for the NHS... problem solved? The public's concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone's hands? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.