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 Community services Emergency care End-of-life 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 Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Brexit (-) Commissioning and contracting General election 2019 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances (-) NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 (-) 2019 Blog Digital-first primary care: helpful disruptor or unnecessary disruption? Beccy Baird considers the pros and cons of digital-first primary care and argues that digitally enabled approaches to improving access must be woven into a holistic model of general practice. Blog Commissioning is dead, long live commissioning With collaboration and integrated care central to the long-term plan for the NHS, Ruth Robertson considers what the future holds for commissioning and commissioners. Blog The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 What future for world class commissioning? Government plans look set to transform the commissioning landscape in England. While primary care trusts (PCTs) face an uncertain future, things may be considerably brighter for private sector firms offering support services to commissioners. Blog Will budget-holding go off with a bang or a whimper? GP budget-holding will play a major part in the coalition's plans for the NHS. What lessons should be drawn from previous attempts to involve GPs in commissioning? Blog Freeing the NHS from politics Anna Dixon asks whether the Health Bill will support the Conservatives’ ambitions to replace a ‘top down approach' with devolution of power to doctors and patients. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.