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 Community services Emergency care End-of-life 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 Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data (-) Volunteers 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 NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Saving lives, supporting communities: The role of volunteers in ambulance services Volunteers are involved in providing vital frontline care and support to ambulance services. Helen Gilburt explains how these roles are developing and diversifying to meet the wider needs of the NHS as a whole. Blog Empathy and understanding in mental health: the role of a peer support worker Emily, a senior peer support worker at Haven, explains the vital role peer support workers play in supporting people through mental health crisis. Blog The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog Volunteers in NHS hospitals: developing the infrastructure to support them is a win-win The role of volunteers in the NHS cannot be overstated, but good management is essential to making sure they provide NHS staff with the support they need. Blog Mental health funding in the 2018 Autumn Budget: the devil will be in the detail While the additional funding for mental health services announced in this week’s Budget is welcome, it will take more than money to deliver parity of esteem. Blog What should the NHS long-term plan say about STPs and ICSs? Is the integration of health and social care moving too fast for the current legal framework? Chris Ham identifies five steps to support the continuing transformation by aligning regulation, policy and practice. Blog Improving population mental health: five lessons from Liverpool Chris Naylor shares key lessons from a recent event in Liverpool on better mental health programmes. Blog Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision – our response Helen Gilburt evaluates the government's plan to transform children and young people's mental health provision. Blog Transforming general practice through volunteering In a guest blog to accompany our volunteering report, Kay Keane shares her experience of developing a community-centred general practice approach through building a community of volunteers. 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 A minority government: a chance for NHS leaders to seize the day? Matthew Kershaw looks at the risks and opportunities for the NHS presented by the government’s focus on Brexit. Blog How does the NHS work? A never-ending story Our new six-and-a half-minute animation explains how the NHS works. Katie Mantell looks at how and why we produced it. 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 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 Health and social care after the election: what issues still need attention? The political tumult of recent weeks seems to be subsiding and a second snap election appears less likely – for now. Leo Ewbank asks what the new political environment might mean for health and social care. Blog Social care: who cares? The 'dementia tax' debacle was one of the turning points of the election campaign. Nicholas Timmins asks whether all proposals for reforming social care are now a dead letter for this parliament given the government's lack of a majority. Blog Commissioning: barking up the wrong tree? Faith in the purchaser/provider split as a key driver for reform is fast dissolving, argues Nick Timmins. Blog Looking for needles in haystacks: population health and the manifestos David Buck assesses the parties’ commitments to both public health and the wider policies that are so important to improving population health. Blog General election 2017: who will be most generous to the NHS? Ahead of the election, Richard Murray looks at the parties' offers on funding the NHS. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.