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 End-of-life 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 Quality improvement 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 2021 Blog All I want for Christmas... is better care for the elderly With the pressures on A&E, Richard Humphries explains that it's the frail elderly patients that remain in hospital beds that we should be more concerned about. Blog Can we be aspirational about quality standards for mental health when resources are so tight? Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care. Blog We need to make our wards more friendly for people with dementia The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog The case for reconfiguration in emergency surgery Using a personal experience of emergency surgery, Candace Imison makes the case for hospital reconfiguration in her blog. Blog From Dilnot to delivery: the politics of social care reform Richard Humphries asks whether the political momentum can be found to carry through Dilnot's suggestions for social care funding in England. Blog Who's paying for mental health services for young people? Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services. Blog Do actions speak louder than words on competition? Will amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill affecting the role of the Co-operation and Competition Panel and Monitor truly affect competition in the NHS? Blog Can greater transparency and payment by results transform public services? While David Cameron announced public services reform, Anna Dixon says the real challenge is translating them into practice in a service as diverse as the NHS. Blog Waiting for the Dilnot Commission: four challenges for change Richard Humphries sets out four challenges for changing social care funding that the Dilnot Commission must address. Blog Holding the NHS to account Has the government really listened to opinion on the Health and Social Care Bill? And if so, how will any new system of commissioning be held accountable? Blog Making the transition: a time of risk or opportunity? How well will the transitional governance arrangements work at the local level? 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 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. Blog Will the government's new mental health strategy succeed? If the government’s new mental health strategy is to have any force behind it, mental health needs to be fully reflected in the outcomes framework. Blog Will the Health Bill improve cancer survival rates? Andrew Lansley has invoked our relatively poor cancer outcomes as part of his justification for health reform. But just how bad are we at treating cancer? Blog Ten questions to ask about the Health and Social Care Bill As the Health and Social Care Bill is due to be published, we look ahead to see what key issues need to be resolved, including regulation and commissioning. Blog Spotlight on the regulators at Lib Dem party conference Faced with the squeeze on public spending it seems no politician is willing to suggest cuts in frontline staff, so it's quangos and regulators that get their focus. Blog Social care: time for a political consensus In his blog, Niall Dickson comments on the recently published social care Green Paper, 'Shaping the Future of Care Together'. Blog Making markets work for patients: are commissioners up for it? John Appleby considers whether we really understand how complex and difficult managing a market for commissioning in the NHS is going to be. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.