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 (-) General practice (-) Hospital care Long-term conditions (-) Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design 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 2009 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Carry on prescribing: who is responsible for co-ordinating patients’ medication? People are now taking more drugs than ever before, but who is responsible for ensuring each patient’s prescriptions are appropriate? Blog The value of volunteering in acute trusts Every NHS acute trust in England encourages people to volunteer – to contribute to their service and play an important part in improving patient experience. But how many people volunteer in acute trusts in England and what roles do they play? Blog The new GP contract is but a small step towards a better future for primary care The new GP contract is a small step in the right direction, but it falls far short of the rebirth of general practice. Much more needs to be done to transform primary care and ensure it meets the needs of patients and populations in future, says Chris Ham. 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 Reforming primary care: culture must trump the rules Candace Imison reflects on the future of primary care conference, highlighting examples of good practice in delivering high-quality, patient-centred primary care. Blog On the right track? How HealthPathways are improving care in Canterbury, New Zealand How have HealthPathways improved referral management, communication between health professionals and quality outcomes in Canterbury, New Zealand? Nick Timmins looks at the evidence in his new blog post. Blog Developing GP federations: will clinical commissioning stand in the way? Central to the RCGP's new vision, The 2022 GP, is the proposal that GP practices come together as federated or networked organisations. But can GP federations develop alongside CCGs? 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 Health care innovations in the United States: what lessons are there for the NHS? How do US organisations provide high-quality person-centred care? And what lessons can be drawn for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector? 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 The hospital bed: on its way out? In his British Medical Journal data briefing, John Appleby examines trends in the number of hospital beds and wonders how low we can go. Blog The crucial role of volunteers in supporting compassionate, high-quality patient care Volunteers are well placed to help organisations meet a number of Francis’s key recommendations, says Claire Mundle. 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 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. Blog A better future for mental health care: acceptance, choice and dignity Alastair Campbell, blogging for our Time to Think Differently programme, examines the current issues of mental health care provision and sets out his vision for better care in the future. Blog Labour’s health and care policy review: ambitious but incomplete? Andy Burnham’s speech to launch Labour’s health and care policy review was strong on principles but left many questions unanswered. Blog Transforming primary care: let's start with the basics In a blog for our Time to Think Differently programme, Hugh Reeve, a GP and Clinical Chair of Cumbria CCG, explains why changes to primary care must start with the basics. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.