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 Accountable care 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 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 Blog Pathfinder consortia: a step in the right direction Our health and the Big Society event provoked an interesting debate on balancing the reality of the financial situation with the vision in the health White Paper. 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 The productivity gap Down Under Reflecting on the journey back from Australia to England, Mark Jennings concludes that there are great similarities between these two health systems on opposite sides of the world. 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 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 Improving NHS productivity: kicking the growth habit The coalition government is promising real-terms growth for the NHS, but in practice this will be very small. So how should the NHS respond to this new world? Blog Will reconfiguration improve quality and save money? The coalition wants England to achieve the best health outcomes in Europe and deliver year-on-year productivity savings – could reconfiguration help to achieve this? Blog Who will deliver the productivity gains the NHS needs? Much of the conversation at the NHS Confederation annual conference has been about productivity. How will the NHS cope with increasing demand? Blog What will replace targets and terror? The Secretary of State's revisions to the 2010/11 NHS Operating Framework have been published today and, as expected, the government is scaling back access targets. 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 Improve NHS productivity, but to do what? Patient demands and the desire to improve the quality of NHS services will outstrip NHS funding growth to the value of around £21 billion by 2013/14. Blog How will the NHS really save money? This week's Institute for Fiscal Studies' report drew attention to the political manifestos, but contained less information about how they would balance public finances. 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 Transforming practice: tips for improving patient experience Sometimes rectifying the smallest or simplest of things can transform patients' experience of care. Don't wait to form a committee, start trying to improve patients' experience now. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.