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 Accountable care 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 Blog New inflation forecasts imply small real cut for NHS funding in England When the Spending Review was announced, the NHS budget got off lightly in comparison to other departments. But will inflation eat in to or even reverse this increase? Blog What does the Big Society mean for health and social care? The term 'Big Society' has been used to cover all manner of ideas, but many of us find it hard to define. So what are the implications for health and social care? Blog Social care and the Spending Review: know your place As the dust settles after the Spending Review, the coalition government's determination to shift power away from central government is becoming clearer. Blog Ten questions to ask about the 2010 Spending Review In the Spending Review, the coalition government has promised to ringfence the NHS budget and to provide real increases in funding each year for four years. Blog The productivity gap Down Under Reflecting on the journey back from Australia to England, Mark Jennings concludes that there are great similarities between these two health systems on opposite sides of the world. Blog Anticipating the Spending Review The government has pledged to ring-fence the NHS budget from real-terms reductions, so in one sense the spending review is a done deal. Or is it? Blog Improving NHS productivity: kicking the growth habit The coalition government is promising real-terms growth for the NHS, but in practice this will be very small. So how should the NHS respond to this new world? 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 Who will deliver the productivity gains the NHS needs? Much of the conversation at the NHS Confederation annual conference has been about productivity. How will the NHS cope with increasing demand? Blog The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? 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 Changing places: the NHS and Total Place What happens when we look at public money in terms of where it's spent instead of which organisations spend it? Richard Humphries explores the Total Place initiative. Blog It's a question of choice for patients Ruth Robertson questions whether government plans to empower patients to choose their hospital will lead to improvements in services. 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. 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. Blog Improve NHS productivity, but to do what? Patient demands and the desire to improve the quality of NHS services will outstrip NHS funding growth to the value of around £21 billion by 2013/14. Blog Conservative and Liberal Democrat health policy Venn diagram We pull together the health policies of the Conservative and Lib Dem manifestos pre-election, to see the how they could affect future health care policy. Blog What does a Tory-Liberal coalition mean for health? Yesterday's historic agreement means we have a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in power. But what will this mean for health care policy and the NHS? Blog How will the NHS really save money? This week's Institute for Fiscal Studies' report drew attention to the political manifestos, but contained less information about how they would balance public finances. Blog Dividing lines drawn as health debate heats up So far, health has been the dog that hasn't barked during the election campaign. So what light did a health hustings shed on the three main parties' health reform plans? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.