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Blog Reforming the Mental Health Act: The King’s Fund’s response Data, funding and workforce – if the government wants its proposed reforms to the MHA to create change these system-wide enablers are as important as individual changes to legislation. Helen Gilburt consider the issues. Blog Covid-19 one year on: how can the health and care system recover? As we reach the one-year anniversary of the start of lockdown in the United Kingdom, Richard Murray outlines how a whole-system response will best support staff and patients and help to tackle inequalities. Blog Where next for London’s integrated care systems? Richard Murray outlines the findings of our recent research into the development of integrated care in London, and considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and potential legislation on the future of partnership working. Blog A tale of two Acts: the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, and their interface Helen Gilburt shares her research into how mental health and social care professionals make decisions around whether to detain people with mental disorders under the Mental Health Act or the Mental Capacity Act – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Her research uncovered a range of understandings and misunderstandings which impact on practice. Blog The NHS estate backlog grows again New NHS Digital data on the state of the NHS estate reveals the backlog maintenance cost has increased once again, so how should new capital funding be prioritised? Siva Anandaciva outlines the impact of the estate on patient care, and highlights four key issues for consideration. Blog 2020: the health policy year in 12 charts The wheels of health policy turn quickly. So, as 2021 begins Siva Anandaciva looks back at the key health policy moments of 2020 to consider the challenges and opportunities that the year brought. Blog Health and care in 2021: what can we expect? In this first blog of the new year, Richard Murray outlines the key challenges and opportunities facing the health and care system in 2021. Blog Careworker pay: the national living wage is not enough The national living wage is a crude and ineffective way of raising careworker pay, says Simon Bottery. We need a better way of doing it, linked to wider social care reform. 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 What does the autumn 2020 Spending Review mean for health and care? Who were the winners and losers in the Chancellor’s autumn Spending Review? Siva Anandaciva looks at what the government’s plans promise for health and care. Blog Twelve social care personas: which one(s) are you? Simon Bottery identifies 12 different perspectives on adult social care – and argues reform needs to accommodate as many as it can. Blog The Comprehensive Spending Review needs to be genuinely comprehensive: and that means investing in social care As the Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, Simon Bottery says social care has a strong case for extra investment but may need to address the ‘p’ word – productivity. 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. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.