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 (-) Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people (-) Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances (-) Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 (-) 2009 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog After the hard truths, the hard actions Whichever way you look at it, responding to Francis and the associated reports was going to be a challenging balancing act for the government. Blog Transforming patient experience: not a quick fix Turning around a culture of care cannot be achieved through a quick fix. It takes courage, because you can’t start to improve things without first admitting that you could have been doing things better, says Joanna Goodrich. Blog Achieving equitable outcomes between mental and physical health: how can we make change happen? The poor health outcomes of people with co-existing mental and physical conditions represent one of the greatest inequalities in health. What needs to happen to change this? Blog Why aren’t care homes higher on the agenda in the health debate? So much of our effort is spent trying to extend life that our ageing society should be a success story, a cause for celebration. Why then aren’t care homes firmly on the agenda in political debates on the NHS? Blog Supporting people with long-term conditions: what is the house of care? Angela Coulter explains why the house of care ought to be the centrepiece of every integrated care project, with greater attention paid to the contribution that people make towards managing their own health. Blog The NHS workforce: how do we balance cost-effectiveness with safety? Professor James Buchan explores how NHS reforms have affected the health and social care workforce, and the importance of maintaining the balance between safety and cost-effectiveness. Blog The Keogh Review: a welcome return to 2008 As the NHS now enters its 66th year, how far have we got towards Darzi's vision of clinical and organisational leaders collecting data on quality and using it to continuously improve care? Blog Named clinicians for vulnerable older people – how will it work in practice? Jeremy Hunt recently announced that vulnerable older people in England are to have a named clinician responsible for their care when they leave hospital – but how will it work? And what are the caveats? Blog Show us your data, doctors Ninety-two doctors have been in the news recently over their decision to opt out of the government's plan to publish outcomes data for named consultants. But is publishing outcomes like this the right thing to do? Blog Managing expectations in health services: over-promising and under-delivering? In his latest blog post, David Oliver argues that new NHS initiatives should be tested for a longer period of time in order to deliver better outcomes across the board. Blog We must end ageism and age discrimination in health and social care David Oliver argues that, unless our society changes its attitudes to older people, it will be an uphill battle to deliver results. Blog There’s nothing quite like being there All senior civil servants will now be expected to spend the equivalent of four weeks a year with staff and patients in health and social care organisations. But will this lead to a more patient-centred culture? Blog Are accident and emergency attendances increasing? Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances? Blog Can we keep up with the demand for urgent and emergency care? With the urgent and emergency care system under severe pressure, Nigel Edwards looks at how the problems around increasing demand could be addressed. Blog A new beginning for the care of older people in hospital? Although the care of older people will be ‘core business’ for the foreseeable future, numerous reports have highlighted serious failings in that care. Does the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report mark a new beginning? Blog Politics and satisfaction with the NHS Are the public's views about the NHS, in particular their satisfaction with the NHS, shaped, influenced or, in some way, linked to support for or identification with political parties? Blog Will a single rating for hospitals limit or support patient choice? Anna Dixon gives her thoughts on the Nuffield Trust's health and social care ratings review into whether there should be a summary rating for hospitals and other care providers. Blog Letter to a friend, a non-executive director on the board of an NHS Foundation Trust Jocelyn Cornwell gives her advice to non-executive directors following the Francis Inquiry report. Blog Are delayed transfers a growing problem? While long-term trends in delayed transfers of care might be reducing, our latest quarterly monitoring report revealed some concerns from NHS finance directors. James Thompson explores the figures in his blog. Blog Where to begin? Where do we begin in improving public health, mental health and health inequalities? David Buck sums up the highlights of our Time to Think Differently debate on the health of the nation. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.