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 General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions (-) 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 Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society 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 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 Addressing race inequalities in the NHS needs engagement, commitment and a plan As the Fund prepares to publish its report on workforce race inequalities and inclusion, Richard Murray reflects on the work ahead for organisations tackling deep-rooted, long-standing inequalities. 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 Ethnic minority deaths and Covid-19: what are we to do? Michael West and Suzie Bailey consider the disproportionate toll Covid-19 is taking on health and care staff from ethnic minority backgrounds and what it requires from us all to address this. Blog Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019 – why? Dan Wellings and John Appleby consider how staff satisfaction, patient experience and recent funding announcements may have influenced public satisfaction with the NHS. 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 ‘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 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 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 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. Blog Tackling poor health outcomes: the role of trauma-informed care People who have experienced trauma face a number of barriers to accessing health care. Deborah Fenney explains why a trauma-informed approach is essential for supporting a group that currently face poor health outcomes. Blog ’We’re here and you’re there’: lived experiences of ethnic minority staff in the NHS Shilpa Ross explores some common experiences from our research into what it means to be an ethnic minority member of staff in the NHS. Blog An outsider’s reflections on NHS primary care reform New Zealander Martin Hefford reflects on his time in the UK and ponders the questions about primary care reform that arose from his conversations with those working in primary care, secondary care and the third sector. Blog Securing money to improve mental health care... but no staff to spend it on Ambitions to improve the quality of mental health care will fail if they are not accompanied by plans to address staff shortages. Helen Gilburt looks at the effect of staff shortages on staff, patients and quality of care. Blog Digital-first primary care: helpful disruptor or unnecessary disruption? Beccy Baird considers the pros and cons of digital-first primary care and argues that digitally enabled approaches to improving access must be woven into a holistic model of general practice. Blog Party conference season: the key announcements on health and social care As this year’s party conference season comes to a close, what have we learned about the main parties’ priorities for health and social care? Richard Murray weighs up the key commitments, from funding and the NHS workforce to social care reform. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.