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 General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services (-) Mental health New models of care 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 Devolution (-) 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 Balancing liberation with accountability? Anna Dixon looks at the difficulties in setting objectives for the NHS and at how the NHS Commissioning Board can be effectively held accountable for £80 billion of public money. Blog Transforming health and social care: can the chrysalis become a butterfly? Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs. Blog What every CCG leader should know about mental health Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS. Blog Are we expecting too much from the Care Quality Commission? A Public Accounts Committee report has highlighted the challenges the CQC has faced since it was set up. But are we expecting too much from a quality regulator? Blog Why we need a national framework for patient experience Jocelyn Cornwell considers why we need a national framework for patient experience, and why it's so important that we have one now. Blog Tackling financial failure: how will the proposed legislation work out in practice? While opposition to the Bill has got louder, there has been relatively little debate about the new powers for Monitor and what they will mean in practice. Blog Effective chronic care means recognising the importance of mental health As policy-makers focus on how integrated care can become a reality in the UK, integration of mental and physical health care should be a key part of the debate. 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 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 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 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. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.