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 (-) Emergency care End-of-life care (-) General practice Hospital care Maternity services (-) Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity (-) Social care finances Year (-) 2009 2010 (-) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog All I want for Christmas... is better care for the elderly With the pressures on A&E, Richard Humphries explains that it's the frail elderly patients that remain in hospital beds that we should be more concerned about. Blog Can we be aspirational about quality standards for mental health when resources are so tight? Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care. Blog We need to make our wards more friendly for people with dementia The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals. Blog Is the GP contract a barrier to integrated care? Anna Dixon discusses the need to rethink how we commission and contract with primary care if the ambitions of integrated care are to be realised. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog The case for reconfiguration in emergency surgery Using a personal experience of emergency surgery, Candace Imison makes the case for hospital reconfiguration in her blog. Blog From Dilnot to delivery: the politics of social care reform Richard Humphries asks whether the political momentum can be found to carry through Dilnot's suggestions for social care funding in England. Blog Who's paying for mental health services for young people? Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services. Blog Do we spend too much money on drugs? As the cost and quality of GP prescribing comes under media scrutiny, Nick Goodwin asks, are we spending too much money on drugs? Blog Waiting for the Dilnot Commission: four challenges for change Richard Humphries sets out four challenges for changing social care funding that the Dilnot Commission must address. Blog Are we looking at reform through the wrong end of the telescope? Should the Health and Social Care Bill be focusing on the reform of GPs as providers instead of on GPs as commissioners? Candace Imison takes a look at the changes to NHS reforms. Blog Incentivising public health in primary care: learning from the QOF Good primary care is critical to public health and tackling inequalities. So how has the QOF incentivisation scheme in primary care impacted on public health? Blog Achieving high-quality care at manageable costs: a lesson for GP consortia Paul Zollinger-Read considers the many similarities between American medical groups and the proposed GP consortia. Blog Are we prepared for the £1-million GP? There has been much debate over GPs potentially making a profit out of health care budgets as a result of GP commissioning. Are we ready to allow these profits? Blog How good is the quality of general practice in England? How good is the quality of general practice in England? An independent panel commissioned by the Fund provided an answer to this question this morning. Blog Do referral management centres threaten choice and competition? Are referral management centres in line with national policy on free choice of elective care and the principles of co-operation and competition? Blog Maternity wards need the right people in the right place at the right time Could the situation in maternity care be improved if maternity services changed the way they use their current workforce? Natasha Curry explores in our blog. Blog Breaking the mould: learning new ways to commission health care One of the biggest challenges to GP consortia is breaking out of the mindset that all private sector initiatives are to be avoided, says Paul Zollinger-Read. Blog Will the government's new mental health strategy succeed? If the government’s new mental health strategy is to have any force behind it, mental health needs to be fully reflected in the outcomes framework. Blog Who wants to talk about it? The future delivery of end-of-life care Health professionals must be able to talk openly about death and dying if end-of-life care in England is to improve, says Rachael Addicott. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.