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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers (-) Patient experience (-) Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity (-) Social care finances Year 2008 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog Choice at the end of life: do we have time to wait? The government last week published two new consultations on choice and information, which could have significant implications for how end-of-life care is delivered. Blog Social care and the Spending Review: know your place As the dust settles after the Spending Review, the coalition government's determination to shift power away from central government is becoming clearer. Blog The voluntary sector's role in the challenge ahead As we debate the proposed NHS structures we must think about what kind of care we want these structures to help deliver. And what role can the voluntary sector play? Blog Improving patient experience: practical tips for boards Just as we thought the commitment to create truly patient-centred care was building momentum, it is, yet again, all change for the NHS. Blog Anticipating the Spending Review The government has pledged to ring-fence the NHS budget from real-terms reductions, so in one sense the spending review is a done deal. Or is it? Blog Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. Blog Ten challenging questions about the White Paper The King's Fund believes the health White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions if it is to offer a credible plan for the future. Blog Helping the voluntary sector plug the service gap The spending cuts announced last week left the health care budget intact, but there were no such promises for social care. What is the impact on wellbeing? Blog The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? Blog It's a question of choice for patients Ruth Robertson questions whether government plans to empower patients to choose their hospital will lead to improvements in services. Blog Word clouds of new government's health and social care statements John Appleby compares the words found in the coalition government's health and social care policy statements and then in the Health Bill itself with our wordle. Blog Freeing the NHS from politics Anna Dixon asks whether the Health Bill will support the Conservatives’ ambitions to replace a ‘top down approach' with devolution of power to doctors and patients. Blog A need for honest conversations as the squeeze begins The frontline staff we have spoken to as part of the Point of Care programme are telling us that the financial pressure of NHS reforms is already upon them. Blog Commissioning IMPACT with third sector providers Last week's GSK IMPACT awards showcased the very best in third sector provision of health and social care services. (Blog, Mark Jennings, 4 May 2010) Blog Dividing lines drawn as health debate heats up So far, health has been the dog that hasn't barked during the election campaign. So what light did a health hustings shed on the three main parties' health reform plans? Blog Party pledges for future NHS funding We know money for the NHS over the next few years is going to be tight, but what are the three main political parties' pledges on funding? Blog The leaders' debate: have we heard it all before? As the dust settles after the first of the leaders' debates, did it tell us any more about the parties' approach to health? Blog Difficult choices on health as the election campaigns kick off Today the general election campaign began in earnest, with a strong suggestion that health and social care will be key issues for the three main parties. Blog Improving patients' experiences: when is a saving not a saving? This week's budget held no great surprises for the NHS. But as the financial situation gets harder, can the experience of patients be improved, while spending less? Blog Tough call on social care costs Could the impending general election be the first where social care is a key campaigning issue? Don't expect cross-party consensus yet, warns Richard Humphries. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.