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 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 2021 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Politicians should avoid the temptation of another NHS top-down re-organisation Following today’s Queen’s Speech and an election looming, Richard Murray warns that a major re-organisation of the NHS risks damaging a service that is already under strain. 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. Blog NHS sickness absence: let’s talk about mental health Rising demand for services and systemic staff shortages are putting NHS staff under increasing pressure. What impact is this having on sickness absence rates in the NHS, and what can be done to reduce the pressure on staff? Blog Going Dutch in West Suffolk: learning from the Buurtzorg model of care What would holistic health and social care delivered by a non-hierarchical team look like in England? Jo Maybin makes some observations about work under way in West Suffolk. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.