Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library 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 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 Social care reform: fit for purpose or simply fit for a crisis? As the social care sector continues to feel the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, social care reform is once again up for debate. Sally Warren outlines why any reform must have the needs of service users and staff at its heart. 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 Integrating health and social care in the Covid-19 (coronavirus) response The response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has shown examples of real community spirit and collaboration, as well as revealing some deep-rooted differences between the NHS and the social care sector, as Richard Humphries explores. Blog Learning the lessons from Grenfell: ‘our stories and our voice’ The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath have revealed that public sector organisations do not always adequately serve local communities. In this guest blog, authors from Grenfell United reflect on the importance of sharing stories and real engagement at all levels to build trust and ensure meaningful support. Blog Cardiovascular disease and population health: thinking beyond the hospital ward What role do doctors have to play in improving population health? Aseem Malhotra considers the responsibility they have not only to their patients, but also to their hospital, the wider NHS and the population as a whole. Blog The reality of leading for population health: starting with A, B, C Where’s the best place to start when thinking about population health? Durka Dougall shares some learning from the Fund’s work to date. Blog Social care can’t cope alone with the cost of the living wage The rise in the national living wage will stretch adult social care beyond its limit, says Simon Bottery. More money – and a more strategic approach to the social care workforce – is needed. 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 What does the 2019 NHS Staff Survey truly tell us about how staff needs are being met? Michael West looks at what the results of the latest NHS Staff Survey tell us about staff experiences of autonomy, collaboration and competence and considers the importance of meeting these needs. Blog ‘Our NHS people matter’ – five years of the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) As the fifth annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) data report is published, Yvonne Coghill, Director of the WRES Implementation Team at NHS England, looks at race equality progress over time. Blog It’s the Year of the Nurse, but will 2020 see nursing student numbers recover? The NHS currently has almost 44,000 nursing vacancies in hospitals. Will recent measures help address the current nursing workforce crisis? Blog Diversity in the medical workforce: are we making progress? Despite improvements in gender and ethnic diversity in the NHS workforce, progress has been slow for increasing the social diversity of medical staff. Abigail Heller looks at the reasons why and highlights steps being taken to make the profession more accessible. 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 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 2019: The health policy year in 12 charts Siva Anandaciva takes a quick look back at some of the key events that shaped national policy in 2019 and asks what the year ahead might have in store for health and care. Blog Social care services: funding cuts are biting hard There is nothing to smile about in new statistics showing more people request social care support but fewer get it. Blog Looking ahead to 2020 Richard Murray outlines what to look out for in the coming year, from early announcements on workforce and funding, to longer-term ambitions for integration and culture change. Blog After the election: how will the new government approach health and social care? What might being the new government’s ‘top priority’ mean in practical terms for the NHS? And does this focus come at the expense of the wider health and care agenda? Helen McKenna reflects on the new government’s manifesto commitments. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.