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 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 Making an impact: small and medium-sized voluntary sector organisations’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic How are small and medium-sized voluntary and community sector organisations responding to the Covid-19 pandemic? With flexibility and agility – and with their communities’ needs at the heart of their responses. 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 Tough challenges but new possibilities: shaping the post Covid-19 world with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector Lisa Weaks explores the challenges facing the VCSE sector and the importance of harnessing its expertise, workforce and reach in the Covid-19 response. Blog Capitalising on the offer of help – volunteering in the Covid-19 crisis The number of people stepping up to volunteer during the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the headlines, but what role are they playing? Helen Gilburt considers the how volunteers are supporting the current response and what that might mean for volunteering in the future. 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 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 Tackling 'imposter syndrome': working with third sector leaders David Naylor reflects on ‘imposter syndrome’ and considers its impact on third sector leaders and beyond. 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. Library blog Better patient information, better patient outcomes: the role of health libraries As Health Information Week gets underway, Deena Mags explores how health libraries are helping patients and the public to be better informed, and some of the challenges around providing meaningful and informative information. Blog A new trend in elective hip surgery? After more than a decade of steady growth, the number of elective hip procedures is in decline. Deborah Ward and Lillie Wenzel unpack this surprising trend. 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 The NHS misses its new target for planned elective care Siva Anandaciva considers the shift in priorities for the elective care waiting list and outlines three key considerations for developing a new strategy: how to best measure waiting times, setting realistic targets and the importance of short waits for patients. 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 Is it possible to use the digitisation of the NHS to reach the furthest first? The health and care system has historically been reliant on paper for sharing information about patients. Digitisation is inevitably changing that, but what impact does that have on those who are marginalised? Blog Shared responsibility for health: troubling language and unmet need Maybe the shared responsibility framework needs a different framing: one that starts with the acknowledgment that people who have health problems have a rightful expectation that they will be supported at a time of need, says Charlotte Augst. Blog Tackling HIV stigma in the health service Dr Tom Beaney, a GP trainee working in The King's Fund policy team, reflects on new data from the Positive Voices survey and considers the stigma that people with HIV face within the health service today. Blog Shedding light on service design involving patients and the public Rich Stockley explains how good patient and public involvement requires a robust and well-designed research process, and not just hoping for the elusive ‘lightbulb moment’. Blog The pivot: changing our relationship with the health system The nature of the health challenges we face today mean it is no longer appropriate to continue with our existing systems. We have to step outside the institutions and start in homes, communities and work places where health is created, says Hilary Cottam. Blog Prevention and early action are key to positive, healthy outcomes The ‘radical shift in approach’ towards preventive care proposed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock would align with the goals of many in the charity sector who have long been promoting prevention and early action. But will he put his money where his mouth is? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.