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 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 What has the number of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals got to do with patient choice? Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice. Blog Can satisfaction with the NHS get any higher? John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high. 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 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 SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. 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 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 Why are we waiting? Early indications show that while waiting times are still historically low, they are beginning to increase under the coalition government. Blog Do waiting times statistics actually measure up? NHS waiting times were once again the subject of heated exchanges in the Commons. But as our waiting times tracker shows, it all depends on how you measure it. 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 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 How do quality accounts fit into the information revolution? Catherine Foot asks if the new quality accounts will help the public and patients have a clearer view of the quality of care provided locally. 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.