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 Waiting times tracker: analysis of seasonal effects An important issue in understanding trends in waiting times is seasonal variations. John Appleby looks at hospital waiting times in his data blog. Blog Mid Staffordshire: a hospital that lost its way Stephen Moss, Chair of Mid Staffordshire, spoke at our conference this week about the lessons he had learnt from the 'story of a hospital that lost its way'. 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 The waiting game: what's happening to hospital waiting times? The health White Paper sets out a significant set of reforms for the NHS. We plan to follow the evolution and implementation of these changes and assess their impact. Blog Hospital mortality rates: fact or fiction? A report out today discusses the issues in using mortality to measure the quality of hospital care. But is this a good measure of quality of care? 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 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 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 Which English hospital is best at hips? John Appleby considers the first set of data on post-operative patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) published by the Department of Health. Blog The voluntary sector's role in the challenge ahead As we debate the proposed NHS structures we must think about what kind of care we want these structures to help deliver. And what role can the voluntary sector play? 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 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 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 Will reconfiguration improve quality and save money? The coalition wants England to achieve the best health outcomes in Europe and deliver year-on-year productivity savings – could reconfiguration help to achieve this? Blog What role for information in the new NHS? Information is destined to have a key role in the new vision for the NHS. But will it help to give patients choices and to increase public accountability? Blog Quality accounts are out: how does your trust shape up? Quality accounts are intended to achieve two things - to increase boards' focus on quality, and to provide greater public accountability for quality. Blog Helping the voluntary sector plug the service gap The spending cuts announced last week left the health care budget intact, but there were no such promises for social care. What is the impact on wellbeing? Blog Who will deliver the productivity gains the NHS needs? Much of the conversation at the NHS Confederation annual conference has been about productivity. How will the NHS cope with increasing demand? Blog The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? Blog What will replace targets and terror? The Secretary of State's revisions to the 2010/11 NHS Operating Framework have been published today and, as expected, the government is scaling back access targets. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.