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 2021 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 New inflation forecasts imply small real cut for NHS funding in England When the Spending Review was announced, the NHS budget got off lightly in comparison to other departments. But will inflation eat in to or even reverse this increase? Blog Does the English system of general practice set the bar internationally? A trip to Australia, where he was able to compare our two health systems, reminds Chris Ham of the strengths of general practice in the English NHS. Blog Is general practice losing the battle to preserve continuity of care? Today The King's Fund published a survey of GPs that asked what they would prioritise to improve patient care in their practices. Blog What does the Big Society mean for health and social care? The term 'Big Society' has been used to cover all manner of ideas, but many of us find it hard to define. So what are the implications for health and social care? Blog The NHS White Paper: what do doctors think of their new roles? While initial reactions to the NHS White Paper were positive, there are still a lot of questions unanswered for the doctors who will now need to commission services. 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 GP commissioning: how do you decide on the size of a GP consortium? While the government plans to leave the development of consortia to be decided locally, many people feel that size matters and that guidelines should be provided. Blog Ten questions to ask about the 2010 Spending Review In the Spending Review, the coalition government has promised to ringfence the NHS budget and to provide real increases in funding each year for four years. Blog Are GPs ready to enter the world of quality improvement? Understanding how the quality of care can be sustained and improved in general practice has been a core concern of the GP Inquiry commissioned by The King's Fund. 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 Improving care to people with long-term conditions: a missed opportunity We are beyond the tipping point where the long-term conditions agenda can be ignored, but where will the system leadership come from in the new 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 The White Paper challenge for GPs: plugging the knowledge and skills gaps As the election campaign ratchets up a gear prospective MPs are vying for our votes and using local service changes and promises to save hospitals as currency. Blog The principles of GP commissioning: general practices and the rationing dilemma The British Medical Association's GPs Committee has published its 'fundamental principles' for GP commissioning - but will it help GPs to deliver high-quality care? Blog Is a new system needed for GP referral? Getting under the skin of GP referrals is notoriously tricky, but they are important to everyone. Chris Naylor examines the current issues with the system. Blog Public health: why GPs need to see the full picture Public health needs to move out of the lecture hall and into the living room, according to Anne Milton MP. But what role should GPs be playing in public health? Blog The White Paper: will peer review improve performance for GP consortia? The government's plans for NHS reform place a great deal of power in the hands of the proposed NHS Commissioning Board, but will this help to improve quality of care? 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 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. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.