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 End-of-life care (-) General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design (-) Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers (-) Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care 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 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 Does the English system of general practice set the bar internationally? A trip to Australia, where he was able to compare our two health systems, reminds Chris Ham of the strengths of general practice in the English NHS. Blog Is general practice losing the battle to preserve continuity of care? Today The King's Fund published a survey of GPs that asked what they would prioritise to improve patient care in their practices. Blog Choice at the end of life: do we have time to wait? The government last week published two new consultations on choice and information, which could have significant implications for how end-of-life care is delivered. Blog The NHS White Paper: what do doctors think of their new roles? While initial reactions to the NHS White Paper were positive, there are still a lot of questions unanswered for the doctors who will now need to commission services. 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 Are GPs ready to enter the world of quality improvement? Understanding how the quality of care can be sustained and improved in general practice has been a core concern of the GP Inquiry commissioned by The King's Fund. Blog The voluntary sector's role in the challenge ahead As we debate the proposed NHS structures we must think about what kind of care we want these structures to help deliver. And what role can the voluntary sector play? Blog Improving patient experience: practical tips for boards Just as we thought the commitment to create truly patient-centred care was building momentum, it is, yet again, all change for the NHS. Blog Improving care to people with long-term conditions: a missed opportunity We are beyond the tipping point where the long-term conditions agenda can be ignored, but where will the system leadership come from in the new NHS? 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 Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. 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 Is a new system needed for GP referral? Getting under the skin of GP referrals is notoriously tricky, but they are important to everyone. Chris Naylor examines the current issues with the system. Blog Public health: why GPs need to see the full picture Public health needs to move out of the lecture hall and into the living room, according to Anne Milton MP. But what role should GPs be playing in public health? 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 Quality accounts are out: how does your trust shape up? Quality accounts are intended to achieve two things - to increase boards' focus on quality, and to provide greater public accountability for quality. 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 GPs must embrace the quality revolution General practice lies at the heart of the new coalition government's plans for reform of the NHS in England. Blog A need for honest conversations as the squeeze begins The frontline staff we have spoken to as part of the Point of Care programme are telling us that the financial pressure of NHS reforms is already upon them. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.