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 2020 Blog What has the number of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals got to do with patient choice? Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice. Blog Three challenges facing clinical commissioning groups Chris Ham asks what can clinical commissioning groups learn from medical practices in California. Blog Can satisfaction with the NHS get any higher? John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high. Blog Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Is good NHS management a waste of money? Chris Ham's blog about the importance of good management and leadership in the NHS. Blog Commonwealth Fund survey: if the NHS is doing well, why is it changing? As a new Commonwealth Fund survey reflects a positive light on the NHS, Chris Ham asks why we are still moving forward so quickly with health reforms? 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 SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog Why are we waiting? Early indications show that while waiting times are still historically low, they are beginning to increase under the coalition government. 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 Learning from variations to increase value for money in the NHS At this time of tight budgets and organisational restructure, Al Mulley explores the implications of practice variation for the NHS. Blog The £20 billion productivity challenge: an unavoidable choice for the NHS? John Appleby champions the need to keep improving NHS productivity, even if we decide to spend more on health care in his blog. 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 Do waiting times statistics actually measure up? NHS waiting times were once again the subject of heated exchanges in the Commons. But as our waiting times tracker shows, it all depends on how you measure it. 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 How good is the quality of general practice in England? How good is the quality of general practice in England? An independent panel commissioned by the Fund provided an answer to this question this morning. Blog Maternity wards need the right people in the right place at the right time Could the situation in maternity care be improved if maternity services changed the way they use their current workforce? Natasha Curry explores in our blog. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.