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 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 Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership (-) Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people 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 2021 Blog Is the purchaser–provider split dying? Is the purchaser provider split dead? No. Is it dying? Quite possibly, says Nicholas Timmins. Blog Is it time to look at the third sector afresh? Let the third sector be round the table when plans for communities are being shaped, says our guest blogger Sarah Swindley, Chief Executive of Lancashire Women’s Centres. 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 Improving mental health: recognising the vital role of charities There is a long way to go before mental health achieves ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health, and the voluntary and community sector is key to helping address this challenge. Blog Co-commissioning: a new relationship between GPs and their CCG Co-commissioning has arrived. Today 64 CCGs take on fully delegated responsibility for commissioning general practice, while 87 CCGs take on joint commissioning responsibilities working with NHS England. Blog Tearing up the NHS competition rule book Our briefing on procurement and competition law attempts something rare in the current debate: a purely technical discussion of whether an incoming government could dismantle the current rules given the relationships between UK and EU law. Blog Implementing the NHS five year forward view: let’s not forget engaging patients and communities ‘Implementing the Forward View’ is often synonymous with ‘establishing multispecialty community providers and primary and acute care systems’. But this risks leaving behind the more radical chapter of the Forward View – chapter two, on engaging patients and communities. Blog The best of times, the worst of times: a personal view from the CCG front line What are some the challenges currently facing CCGs? John Richards, Chief Officer of NHS Southampton City CCG, shares his thoughts. Blog Three challenges facing clinical commissioning groups Chris Ham asks what can clinical commissioning groups learn from medical practices in California. 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 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 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 Privatisation or diversification: what do the changes to the NHS reforms mean for the private and voluntary sectors? Some opposition to the Health Bill focused on the privatisation of the NHS. Anna Dixon explains what the NHS reforms will truly mean for the private and voluntary sectors. 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 Breaking the mould: learning new ways to commission health care One of the biggest challenges to GP consortia is breaking out of the mindset that all private sector initiatives are to be avoided, says Paul Zollinger-Read. Blog Providers need to get their act together while commissioners look the other way The NHS is already implementing radical changes to commissioning, but GP consortia are not commissioning services yet: what should health care providers do in the meantime? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.