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 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 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 2008 2009 2010 (-) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 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 Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Data blog: what's happening to NHS redundancies? James Thompson explores the figures behind this year's NHS redundancies in his data blog. Blog Commonwealth Fund survey: if the NHS is doing well, why is it changing? As a new Commonwealth Fund survey reflects a positive light on the NHS, Chris Ham asks why we are still moving forward so quickly with health reforms? Blog Are personal budgets really the best way to personalise health care? While government ministers seem enthused by plans to allow patients to manage their own health budgets, Angela Coulter asks if we should be exploring other options. Blog Innovations in the health care workforce needed to deliver productivity improvements Anna Dixon explains why it will only be possible to deliver productivity improvements in the NHS by using human as well as financial resources differently. 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 What lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's market reforms? Anna Dixon asks what lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's NHS reforms? 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 Health and social care reforms: what next for the NHS billions? David Buck argues that the real question about NHS funding lies not in whether it increases, but in how it is allocated. Blog Do actions speak louder than words on competition? Will amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill affecting the role of the Co-operation and Competition Panel and Monitor truly affect competition in the NHS? 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 Learning from variations to increase value for money in the NHS At this time of tight budgets and organisational restructure, Al Mulley explores the implications of practice variation for the NHS. Blog Blink and you missed it: the public health command paper The recent public health Command Paper, Healthy lives, healthy people: Update & way forward, was underwhelming in its recommendations, according to David Buck. Blog The £20 billion productivity challenge: an unavoidable choice for the NHS? John Appleby champions the need to keep improving NHS productivity, even if we decide to spend more on health care in his blog. Blog The new-look Health and Social Care Bill: what are the next steps for clinical commissioning groups? Paul Zollinger-Read asks if the pause in the Health and Social Care Bill is welcomed by clinical commissioning groups or do they want to get on with the NHS reforms? Blog Did Labour's Spearhead health inequalities policy miss the target but hit the point? Will the health reforms and the formation of Public Health England help to address health inequalities in England? David Buck investigates in our blog. 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 Holding the NHS to account Has the government really listened to opinion on the Health and Social Care Bill? And if so, how will any new system of commissioning be held accountable? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.