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 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 Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Health inequalities Housing (-) Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2010 2011 (-) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 (-) 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Blog Uses of the Mental Health Act: is the data fit for purpose? How reliable is the data collected about detentions under the Mental Health Act? Veena Raleigh looks at the data quality issues and their implications. Blog Reducing inequalities in children and young people’s mental health With the publication of the government’s Green Paper on child and adolescent mental health, Jill Roberts looks at how it tackles the issues around inequalities. Blog Enhancing health in care homes: system leadership in action Building relationships is central to the success of work under way to enhance health in care homes. Susie Perks-Baker looks at how respecting each other’s skills and knowledge can help. Blog Why have improvements in mortality slowed down? Veena Raleigh looks at the current debate around the slow-down in mortality improvements in England and Wales. Blog Hospital bed numbers – can the downward trend continue? Leo Ewbank asks whether sustainability and transformation plan proposals to reduce the number of hospital beds are realistic. Blog Age-related dependency needs policy and long-term planning Can we reduce late-life dependency or plan for it better? David Oliver reflects on the findings of a recent Lancet paper and asks what we can do to tackle the challenges it highlights. Blog Getting serious about public mental health Chris Naylor considers whether public mental health is being prioritised in a world of thinly stretched public health budgets. Blog Realising the potential of allied health professions In this guest blog, speech and language therapist Joanne Fillingham makes the case for a stronger leadership role for allied health professionals (AHPs). Blog Quality improvement in mental health: a commitment to long-term change Quality improvement is not a quick fix, and creating the type of cultural change needed to adapt an organisation's whole approach to quality does take time, says Shilpa Ross. Blog Cross party parity on mental health Helen Gilburt explores the prominence of mental health in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos. Blog Get mental health right and we can get the whole system right Alongside the launch of our report on mental health and new models of care, Chris Naylor explores some of the benefits of investing in mental health. Blog We should see acute hospitals as places for healing Jocelyn Cornwell explores how vulnerable patients can feel in hospital and argues that the quality of relational care should be given the same priority as clinical quality and patient safety. Blog Shifting attention to acute medical wards would benefit staff and patients David Oliver explains why we should focus on issues at the NHS front line. Giving more time and thought to the experience of acutely ill medical patients would bring benefits to the entire health system. Blog The power of digital health: what can we learn from one million posts? David Buck explores whether machine learning can help find wider meaning in millions of unstructured online conversations about our health. Blog Allocating social care funds: difficult decisions ahead The extra £2 billion for adult social care announced in the Spring Budget will be gratefully received, but local councils now face tough choices about where to allocate the money. Richard Humphries considers the context. Blog Tackling culture change to transform mental health services What are the organisational development challenges in establishing a new service model? Mandip Kaur reflects on her experience at Forward Thinking Birmingham, an innovative mental health partnership. Blog An insight into frontline clinical care in acute hospitals Having spent time shadowing frontline physicians in acute hospitals, Chris Ham and Don Berwick set out the challenges they observed and talk about how the Fund is working with others to develop an agenda for improvements. Blog Looking to the future with quality improvement in mental health Quality improvement requires commitment, resources and strong leadership to deliver sustainable results. Shilpa Ross looks at what we can learn from mental health organisations. Blog Taking the right approach to community-based health services Beccy Baird reflects on perceived public feeling towards the proposal that the NHS should invest in community-based health care rather than hospitals. Blog Payment by Results: time for a rethink? The more we have got to know about how PbR operates and similar payment methods in other countries operate in practice, the more there seems to be a case for a rethink, says John Appleby. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.