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 Public health Mental health General practice Adult social care Community services Emergency care End-of-life care Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Sexual health care New models of care Cancer services Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Accountable care Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Clinical commissioning groups Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership Sustainability and transformation plans Quality improvement Patient leadership Patients, people and society Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Patient involvement Older people Housing Health inequalities Children and young people Carers Public opinion Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation (-) NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 Better Care Fund Social care finances Performance Productivity NHS five year forward view Devolution Brexit Access to care General election 2017 NHS long-term plan Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog NICE at 20: a cause for celebration Nicholas Timmins celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and considers the challenges ahead. Blog The NHS needs to be more productive – or is it more efficient? Stop reading this and get back to work – you need to be more productive. Or is it more efficient? David Maguire explores the difference between productivity and efficiency in the NHS long-term plan. Blog 2019: handling the uncertainty Richard Murray reflects on the opportunities and challenges that 2019 may bring, as well as the need for flexibility in the face of uncertainty. Blog Prevention is better than cure – except when it comes to paying for it The government’s emphasis on prevention is welcome, but resources have not been following the rhetoric. David Buck analyses the latest data on local government public health spending. Blog Mental health funding in the 2018 Autumn Budget: the devil will be in the detail While the additional funding for mental health services announced in this week’s Budget is welcome, it will take more than money to deliver parity of esteem. Blog A short history of NHS winter funding The NHS relies on the reoccurrence of supposedly non-recurrent winter funding, but is still kept on its toes each year wondering how much money will be available and when it will be provided. Siva Anandaciva looks at how it works. Blog From lab to bedside: ensuring new medicines are available in a cost-effective and timely way David Omojomolo explores the challenge of offering new medicines within current financial restraints. Blog The NHS 10-year plan: how much will be spent on NHS deficits? Richard Murray calls for the reform of the NHS’s current Byzantine financial system. Blog The NHS 10-year plan: transformation holds the key to sustainability Chris Ham calls for the NHS 10-year plan to outline realistic ambitions to transform health and care over the next decade, focused on improving population health and a new deal with the public. Blog The changing shape of NHS finances As austerity and widespread staffing shortages began to bite over the past decade, the finances of NHS providers often took a familiar shape each year. But more recently this pattern of financial performance has been increasingly pulled out of shape and distorted. Blog NHS funding: what we know, what we don’t know and what comes next As the dust settles on the new NHS funding announcement, Richard Murray explores what to expect over the next few months. Blog How does the NHS compare internationally on its spending and key resources? The UK health care system is not alone in the challenges it faces. What can we learn from how other countries have equipped themselves to deal with a growing and ageing population and changing health care needs? Blog NHS medicines provision: a tricky balancing act With medicines spending growing at a time of NHS funding restraint, difficult choices lie ahead for policy-makers. Leo Ewbank assesses the current situation and looks at what the future may hold. Blog Talking about the ‘return on investment of public health’: why it’s important to get it right David Buck sets out concerns about how the ‘return on investment of public health’ is being widely misinterpreted and why we all need to be clearer and more consistent about what we mean when using that term. Blog Achieving a balance between quality, access and money Focusing on just one of these priorities can seem more straightforward, but that is not the reality of life for NHS leaders and is not the right approach, says Matthew Kershaw. Blog It’s not about the money: staff engagement comes first Michael West explores the link between staff engagement, high-quality care and financial performance. Blog Priorities for the NHS in 2018/19 and beyond Does the new NHS planning guidance contain good news or bad? Richard Murray takes stock of the changes. Blog Focusing on better-value care As the NHS faces financial and service pressures, Matthew Lewis asks if now is the time to focus on better-value care. Blog Preventing a recurrence of this winter’s crisis Chris Ham considers what needs to be done to stabilise the NHS and ensure that this winter's crisis does not recur. Blog A&E performance reaches a new low The media and groups of NHS staff are describing an A&E service in crisis, while the government says the NHS is more prepared for winter than ever before. What does the latest national data say about how A&E departments are coping compared with previous winters? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.