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 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 (-) 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 2019 Governance and regulation Health and Care Act 2022 Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 (-) 2012 2013 2014 2015 (-) 2016 2017 2018 2019 (-) 2020 2021 2022 Blog What are we learning about leadership development in primary care networks? What have we learnt from our work supporting the development of primary care networks across England? Beccy Baird, Kiran Chauhan and Tricia Boyle share their learning about what groups find useful and pose some questions for PCN leaders and clinical commissioning groups who are thinking about development needs. Blog A recipe for baking in collaboration? NHS England and NHS Improvement’s proposals for new legislation NHS England and NHS Improvement’s latest legislative proposals show a desire to fast forward the integration agenda, but without further detail it’s hard to reach a view. Richard Murray reflects on the proposals. Blog Social prescribing and NHS facilities How can NHS services use their facilities to better support social prescribing? Ben Collins highlights what’s needed to make NHS sites more welcoming spaces for individuals and communities. Blog How should general practice be preparing for winter? As the second wave of Covid-19 gathers pace, what role will general practice play, and how should the sector prepare for an increase in demand? Beccy Baird outlines the key challenges facing general practice as we head into winter. 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 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 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 Resilience is much more than hospital beds A resilient health and care system is about more than national action. Sally Warren shares a vision for building local resilience that would allow the health and care system to respond effectively to future crises. 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 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 Checking the system’s blind spots: prioritising the community response to Covid-19 Much media attention has been paid to how acute services are tackling Covid-19, but what about community health and care services? Anna Charles considers the impact of the outbreak on these often overlooked services and the role they might play in the next phase of the 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 How has general practice responded to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak? General practice has seen an incredible transformation in the space of just a few weeks, in response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Beccy Baird reflects on the pace and scale of change, and whether the innovations are here to stay. Blog What can we learn from the updated GP contract? After an intense debate between NHS England and the BMA, an updated GP contract has finally been agreed. Richard Murray outlines four reasons why the contract marks a significant moment for health and care in general as well as general practice. Blog One step forward for community services New standards aim to improve urgent care in the community, but how easily can they be delivered? Anna Charles considers how workforce, social care and the pace of change might pose challenges for implementing these welcome plans. Blog Doing justice to mental health in STPs Chris Naylor looks at whether mental health is being considered carefully enough in the development of sustainability and transformation plans. Blog What now for social care? Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available. Blog A health service on the brink: a priority in the corridors of power? With the much-anticipated Autumn Statement next week and NHS financial pressures hitting the headlines, Chris Ham considers the political context and what lies ahead for a health service on the brink. Blog Workforce and workload pressures are building in general practice, so why be a GP? As we publish the first results from our new monitoring of general practice, Emily Northern looks at the challenges facing the sector and asks why doctors choose to become GPs. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.