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 (-) 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 The Dr Foster data debate Anna Dixon comments on the recent controversy stirred up by the publication of Dr Foster's latest mortality figures. Blog Real QIPP: reflections from our annual conference Does the NHS have the skills to continue the drive to improve quality despite the impending budget cuts? Mark Jennings reports from our 2009 annual conference. Blog How can trusts measure quality well? Measuring quality was put at the forefront of quality improvement by the NHS Next Stage Review. But we need to get better at thinking about why and how we use it. Blog Tough on outcomes, tough on the causes of outcomes Niall Dickson comments on Stephen O'Brien's admission at the Conservative Party conference 2009 that far from being the source of evil, targets could be a good thing. Blog Will payments linked to patient experience improve quality? Andy Burnham recently announced that hospital payments will be linked to patient experience at service level. Will this help to improve quality? Blog PROMs: counting what matters most to patients The introduction of patient-reported outcome measures has the potential to transform health care. But NHS leaders must move quickly to engage staff and patients. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.