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 Maternity services Mental health New models of care (-) Public health Leadership, systems and organisations (-) Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society 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 2010 2011 (-) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog Clinical commissioning groups: what do we know so far? In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending. Blog The passing of the Public Health Sub-Committee: mourning a missed opportunity The government has announced that the Public Health Sub-Committee is being done away with. But did it have the potential to challenge the rest of Whitehall on the public health impacts of their policies? Blog It’s time to think differently Time to Think Differently is our new programme of work aimed at stimulating debate about the changes needed for the NHS and social care to meet the challenges of the future. 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 Making the difference on public health and inequalities: what do the public think? David Buck looks at what the Olympics can teach us about the public's attitude to the government's involvement in public health issues. Blog Improving the health of the poorest, fastest How do unhealthy behaviours cluster together in different population groups, and how does that in turn relate to inequalities in health? Blog Going for gold: what are the chances of an Olympic health legacy? David Buck looks at the long-term legacy the Games could leave around increasing the population’s health outcomes and physical fitness. Blog How do the Commissioning Outcomes Framework indicators measure up? From 2013 we will hear a lot more about the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, which will be used to assess the performance of clinical commissioning groups. Blog CCGs and PCTs - not so different after all? There will be important differences between CCGs and PCTs. But in terms of the population size they cover, are they looking increasingly similar? Blog Who gets how much of the public health budget? David Buck looks at how public health funding allocations will be decided with the help of the Advisory Council of Resource Allocation (ACRA). 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 Commissioning support units: is externalisation the right way to go? Chris Naylor looks at what the future shape of support arrangements for clinical commissioning groups will look like. Blog Should GPs be given statutory commissioning roles? Many aspects of the NHS reforms have given rise to debate, but one of the most controversial has been whether GPs should have responsibility for commissioning. Blog Who gets what gets tricky: allocating public health resources to local authorities With huge varieties in spending across the country, David Buck considers the role ACRA must play in distributing budgets for public health. Blog Learning from devolution: looking across the border on alcohol policy David Buck asks whether the government should be looking towards Scotland and considering minimum pricing on alcohol. Blog Clinical commissioning groups: does size matter? Paul Zollinger-Read considers whether it's the size of clinical commissioning groups that counts, or their ability to collaborate. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.