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 General practice Hospital care Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations (-) Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity 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 Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 (-) NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance (-) Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog What not to do to stay in budget With the NHS overspend running at £1.62 billion for the first half of the year, what are the options available to trusts struggling to stay in budget? Blog NHS sustainability: there aren’t always more fish in the sea The NHS needs to effectively manage its common resources more money and greater efficiency won't be enough. Blog The NHS, the Spending Review and George Osborne None of the choices that George Osborne faces are easy, but there should be no doubt about the implications for the public and politicians of an NHS unable to balance its budget in the face of rising demands. Blog Safe staffing in the NHS comes at a cost When the Care Quality Commission suggested in its recent State of Care report that safer, better care does not necessarily cost more the inclusion of the word necessarily was important, says Helen McKenna. Blog Building healthier accountable communities Nicola Walsh reflects on three important messages that emerged from our 2015 integrated care summit. Blog NHS spending: squeezed as never before In his data blog, John Appleby looks at the scale of the NHS funding squeeze. Blog Simon Stevens' vision for the NHS: welcome but challenging to deliver In his keynote address at our annual integrated care summit, Simon Stevens gave what was arguably his most important speech since he took up post. His speech contained three big messages. Blog Moving from integrated care to integrated population health systems While integrating care services is part of the journey to a transformed health system, it is not the destination. Efforts to integrate care have rarely encompassed the broader health of local populations and the impact of the wider determinants of health. Blog NHS mergers: putting all our baskets into one egg? What can be done to improve the quality of decision-making on NHS mergers, and can the tide of unsuccessful mergers be stemmed? Blog This Spending Review needs honesty and realism, not panic and denial On the back of The King's Fund's submission to the 2015 Spending Review, Chris Ham reflects on the Department of Health budget and NHS funding. Blog Is the NHS delivering enough things right? Misuse occurs in the NHS when health services are poorly delivered. So how big is the problem of preventable harm in health care? Blog What impact do accountable care organisations have on care quality? Although the ambitions of the care models in the US may resonate with our intentions here, we would be wise to learn from the early experiences of those who went before us, says Rachael Addicott. Blog Is the NHS delivering enough of the right things? Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things? Blog What have we learnt in the government’s first 100 days? Chris Ham gives his assessment of the new government’s health policy. Blog Is the NHS delivering too much of the wrong things? More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse. Blog How much has generic prescribing and dispensing saved the NHS? The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or branded drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed. Blog Day case surgery: a good news story for the NHS The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby. Blog A new way of measuring hospital productivity: what does it add? Lord Carter's interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add? Blog The politics of NHS funding and taxation in the new parliament If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham. Blog Local systems of care: one of the solutions to the challenges facing the NHS Chris Ham argues that providers need to work together to form local systems of care, with leadership provided by the most experienced managers and clinicians in the NHS. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.