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 Emergency care (-) General practice Hospital care Maternity services Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance 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 All I want for Christmas... is better care for the elderly With the pressures on A&E, Richard Humphries explains that it's the frail elderly patients that remain in hospital beds that we should be more concerned about. Blog Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Data blog: what's happening to NHS redundancies? James Thompson explores the figures behind this year's NHS redundancies in his data blog. Blog Are personal budgets really the best way to personalise health care? While government ministers seem enthused by plans to allow patients to manage their own health budgets, Angela Coulter asks if we should be exploring other options. Blog Innovations in the health care workforce needed to deliver productivity improvements Anna Dixon explains why it will only be possible to deliver productivity improvements in the NHS by using human as well as financial resources differently. Blog Is the GP contract a barrier to integrated care? Anna Dixon discusses the need to rethink how we commission and contract with primary care if the ambitions of integrated care are to be realised. Blog From Dilnot to delivery: the politics of social care reform Richard Humphries asks whether the political momentum can be found to carry through Dilnot's suggestions for social care funding in England. Blog What lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's market reforms? Anna Dixon asks what lessons should the coalition government learn from New Labour's NHS reforms? Blog Health and social care reforms: what next for the NHS billions? David Buck argues that the real question about NHS funding lies not in whether it increases, but in how it is allocated. Blog Do we spend too much money on drugs? As the cost and quality of GP prescribing comes under media scrutiny, Nick Goodwin asks, are we spending too much money on drugs? Blog Learning from variations to increase value for money in the NHS At this time of tight budgets and organisational restructure, Al Mulley explores the implications of practice variation for the NHS. Blog Blink and you missed it: the public health command paper The recent public health Command Paper, Healthy lives, healthy people: Update & way forward, was underwhelming in its recommendations, according to David Buck. Blog The £20 billion productivity challenge: an unavoidable choice for the NHS? John Appleby champions the need to keep improving NHS productivity, even if we decide to spend more on health care in his blog. Blog Waiting for the Dilnot Commission: four challenges for change Richard Humphries sets out four challenges for changing social care funding that the Dilnot Commission must address. Blog Are we looking at reform through the wrong end of the telescope? Should the Health and Social Care Bill be focusing on the reform of GPs as providers instead of on GPs as commissioners? Candace Imison takes a look at the changes to NHS reforms. Blog Incentivising public health in primary care: learning from the QOF Good primary care is critical to public health and tackling inequalities. So how has the QOF incentivisation scheme in primary care impacted on public health? Blog Achieving high-quality care at manageable costs: a lesson for GP consortia Paul Zollinger-Read considers the many similarities between American medical groups and the proposed GP consortia. Blog Sustainable health and social care is a shared responsibility The environmental impact of everyday things can come as some surprise. Chris Naylor examines the environmental impact of the NHS. Blog NHS spending: the numbers keep changing... John Appleby asks if the NHS will be getting a real increase each year, as promised, over the next four years of the Spending Review or not. Blog Are we prepared for the £1-million GP? There has been much debate over GPs potentially making a profit out of health care budgets as a result of GP commissioning. 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