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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services (-) Mental health New models of care (-) Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups (-) Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards (-) Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society (-) Carers Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution (-) General election 2017 General election 2019 Governance and regulation (-) Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog Poor housing can no longer be swept under the carpet The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home, but what does that mean for those living in poor housing conditions? Clair Thorstensen-Woll considers how where we live shapes our experiences and outcomes of Covid-19. Blog Improving the nation’s health: striking the right balance between national and local Sally Warren reflects on the findings of the Health Devolution Commission, which considered the role of ‘health in all policies’ and the balance between local and national action. Blog The future of public health: many questions still to be answered David Buck highlights the key questions surrounding the reorganisation of the public health system in England, from who holds responsibility to the relationship with local systems. Blog Strengthening health protection: right idea, wrong time Nicholas Timmins reflects on the timing of the government’s decision to restructure England’s public health services and considers what is needed to make the new national Institute of Health Protection successful. Blog The new NHS and mental health: where are we going wrong? Providing joined-up services that address people’s physical and mental health needs has long been a challenge. Jihad Malasi asks whether primary care networks could be the answer to providing holistic primary care mental health services. Blog Obesity: time for action What should a new government strategy on obesity look like? David Buck outlines what is needed to ensure this attempt is successful. Blog Mental health care in the time of Covid-19 Helen Gilburt reflects on the experiences of staff and people with mental health problems during the first months of Covid-19 and urges mental health services to learn from those experiences to plan for the future. Blog What has Covid-19 taught us about supporting workforce mental health and wellbeing? The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed gaps in psychosocial support for health care workers. Mary Docherty, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust London, considers the action needed to address those gaps and meet the needs of the workforce in the future. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog Why are improvements in life expectancy slowing in the United Kingdom and across Europe? In an international collaboration, The King's Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development examine the role of cardiovascular disease in changes in life expectancy. Blog Tough challenges but new possibilities: shaping the post Covid-19 world with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector Lisa Weaks explores the challenges facing the VCSE sector and the importance of harnessing its expertise, workforce and reach in the Covid-19 response. Blog Tackling the Covid-19 outbreak in care homes: messages from a geriatrician and a health service researcher about how the NHS can help Covid-19 demands that there is closer working between care homes and the NHS to support residents to be safe and well. Researchers Adam Gordon and Claire Goodman reflect on the messages they are hearing from care home staff about what support is needed. Blog Responding to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak: the dark side and the brighter Nicholas Timmins considers the role of memory – and its absence – in the response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and reflects on the tools at our disposal to overcome it. Blog Covid-19: why compassionate leadership matters in a crisis Suzie Bailey and Michael West examine why compassionate leadership matters now, in a time of global crisis, more than ever before and how leaders can best support those health workers and carers risking their own health and wellbeing in the fight against Covid-19 (coronavirus). Blog Homelessness, health and housing: joining up services Nicholas Pleace at the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York considers how housing and health can better support those sleeping rough, through collaboration between the two sectors, strong leadership and a willingness to listen. Blog Responding to the evidence on inequalities in health: what's needed now? David Buck calls for action after two reports on public health highlight the need for progress around health inequalities. Blog Getting to grips with climate change: how can the NHS get to net zero? The NHS recently announced an ambitious commitment to reduce its carbon footprint to net zero. Chris Naylor looks at what it might take to achieve this goal. Blog Local government and public health: a critical year ahead As we publish our independent assessment of the local government public health reforms of 2013, David Buck outlines challenges facing local government and looks ahead to the key events set to influence public health in the coming year. Blog Five hits, five misses: public and population health and the main party manifestos Health is about more than the NHS and social care. Here, David Buck looks at the parties’ wider commitments that will affect the population’s health. Blog Five reasons why this NHS winter may be different Siva Anandaciva considers the prospects for a NHS dealing with winter pressures, workforce challenges and limited funding, while planning for a no-deal Brexit. 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