Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library 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 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 General election 2019 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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog What enabled rapid digital change in primary care during the Covid-19 pandemic? Primary care adopted digital technology at pace during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Beccy Baird reflects on research looking at why and how this was possible – and how positive changes can be sustained. Blog A tale of two Acts: the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, and their interface Helen Gilburt shares her research into how mental health and social care professionals make decisions around whether to detain people with mental disorders under the Mental Health Act or the Mental Capacity Act – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Her research uncovered a range of understandings and misunderstandings which impact on practice. Blog General practice and the Covid-19 vaccine: putting local relationships at the heart of the vaccination programme As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout gathers pace, Beccy Baird considers what has allowed general practice to meet the demands of this ambitious programme, and how community partnerships will be key to reaching those in need. Blog 2020: the health policy year in 12 charts The wheels of health policy turn quickly. So, as 2021 begins Siva Anandaciva looks back at the key health policy moments of 2020 to consider the challenges and opportunities that the year brought. Blog What are we learning about leadership development in primary care networks? What have we learnt from our work supporting the development of primary care networks across England? Beccy Baird, Kiran Chauhan and Tricia Boyle share their learning about what groups find useful and pose some questions for PCN leaders and clinical commissioning groups who are thinking about development needs. Blog Social prescribing and NHS facilities How can NHS services use their facilities to better support social prescribing? Ben Collins highlights what’s needed to make NHS sites more welcoming spaces for individuals and communities. Blog How should general practice be preparing for winter? As the second wave of Covid-19 gathers pace, what role will general practice play, and how should the sector prepare for an increase in demand? Beccy Baird outlines the key challenges facing general practice as we head into winter. Blog The new NHS and mental health: where are we going wrong? Providing joined-up services that address people’s physical and mental health needs has long been a challenge. Jihad Malasi asks whether primary care networks could be the answer to providing holistic primary care mental health services. Blog Shielded voices: hearing from those most in need Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive of National Voices, and Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, make the case for including communities using services in the Covid-19 response. Blog Learning from Grenfell: how can services better work with the communities they serve? As health and care services rapidly transform to tackle the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Sally Warren considers the value of working with and within communities to drive change, drawing on the lessons learnt in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy. Blog How has general practice responded to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak? General practice has seen an incredible transformation in the space of just a few weeks, in response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Beccy Baird reflects on the pace and scale of change, and whether the innovations are here to stay. Blog Learning the lessons from Grenfell: ‘our stories and our voice’ The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath have revealed that public sector organisations do not always adequately serve local communities. In this guest blog, authors from Grenfell United reflect on the importance of sharing stories and real engagement at all levels to build trust and ensure meaningful support. Blog What can we learn from the updated GP contract? After an intense debate between NHS England and the BMA, an updated GP contract has finally been agreed. Richard Murray outlines four reasons why the contract marks a significant moment for health and care in general as well as general practice. Blog Quality in social care: we need an ear for stories as well as an eye for data Listening to people’s experience of services – good and bad - is as important to improving quality as crunching the data, writes Simon Bottery. Blog The future of general practice: the views of GP trainees With more doctors than ever training to be GPs, why is there still a workforce crisis? We asked trainees about their thoughts and future plans. Blog An outsider’s reflections on NHS primary care reform New Zealander Martin Hefford reflects on his time in the UK and ponders the questions about primary care reform that arose from his conversations with those working in primary care, secondary care and the third sector. Blog Digital-first primary care: helpful disruptor or unnecessary disruption? Beccy Baird considers the pros and cons of digital-first primary care and argues that digitally enabled approaches to improving access must be woven into a holistic model of general practice. Blog Party conference season: the key announcements on health and social care As this year’s party conference season comes to a close, what have we learned about the main parties’ priorities for health and social care? Richard Murray weighs up the key commitments, from funding and the NHS workforce to social care reform. Blog NHS admin: how does it affect patient experience? NHS administrative processes and staff have an important role to play in delivering care. But what happens when administration is poor? What impact can it have on patient experience? As we begin our new project on NHS administration, Lillie Wenzel shares the findings from our early work. Blog Primary care networks and mental health How will mental health fit into primary care networks? With primary care providing the majority of NHS mental health support, Beccy Baird and Andy Bell from the Centre for Mental Health look at the opportunities and challenges these networks will face in improving the mental as well as physical health of the communities they serve. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.