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 Community services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions 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 System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Better Care Fund 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 New CCG allocations: straw men laid to rest but deeper questions remain? NHS England have set out their thinking on how the bulk of NHS money will get to where it needs to be, and on what basis, through allocations to CCGs – David Buck shares his thoughts on this decision. Blog Foundation trust governors: the promise of local accountability? Our conversations with governors suggest they are still not fulfilling their potential as the voice of local populations on hospital boards. Not through a lack of will, but rather through a lack of clarity and support, says Becky Seale. Blog A good day to bury a significant piece of legislation? Amid the furore of the Competition Commission’s decision to refuse the merger of Bournemouth and Poole, some significant changes to the current failure regime have been approved in amendments to the Care Bill. Blog NHS mergers: learning the lessons of Bournemouth and Poole What are the repercussions of the Competition Commission's rejection of the proposed merger in Bournemouth and Poole? Blog Making revalidation work: what have we learnt so far? Vijaya Nath looks at what responsible officers – those who make recommendations to the General Medical Council about doctors’ fitness to practice – think about the process of revalidation. Blog Can you change culture from Whitehall? Can you change culture from Whitehall? Catherine Foot sets out six opportunities for the DH and NHS England to help them prioritise quality of care and safety for patients. Blog Why we cannot afford to be pessimistic about CCGs The future of clinical commissioning groups hinges to a large extent on the support they receive from local GPs, says Chris Naylor. Blog The Keogh Review: a welcome return to 2008 As the NHS now enters its 66th year, how far have we got towards Darzi's vision of clinical and organisational leaders collecting data on quality and using it to continuously improve care? Blog Developing GP federations: will clinical commissioning stand in the way? Central to the RCGP's new vision, The 2022 GP, is the proposal that GP practices come together as federated or networked organisations. But can GP federations develop alongside CCGs? Blog The NHS failure regime: what have we learnt so far? Candace Imison explores what we can learn from early experiments in using a failure regime in the NHS. Blog The NHS in 2013: no place for the faint hearted The NHS reforms in England will have major implications for all involved in the system, none more so than providers. Blog Clinical commissioning groups: a north-south divide? The hard work and long hours put in by GPs and managers in setting up CCGs have, so far, paid off. All 211 CCGs have been authorised to take control of their commissioning budgets from the beginning of April. Blog Building a culture of compassionate care in the NHS Anna Dixon gives her reaction to the recommendations set out in the long-awaited Francis Inquiry report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Blog Revalidation: opportunity or challenge? Revalidation has been a popular topic in our leadership work with medical directors, GPs and consultants – so what have we learnt so far? Blog A guide to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Everyone Counts The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs? Blog Transforming primary care: let's start with the basics In a blog for our Time to Think Differently programme, Hugh Reeve, a GP and Clinical Chair of Cumbria CCG, explains why changes to primary care must start with the basics. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.