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In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending. Blog Health and social care at the party conferences: what does the mood music tell us? What conclusions can we draw from this year’s party conferences about the political and policy landscape for health and social care? Blog How can we deal with financial pressures in health and social care? Chris Ham draws on discussions from our recent integrated care conference to identify four key building blocks of a whole-system solution. Blog Balancing liberation with accountability? Anna Dixon looks at the difficulties in setting objectives for the NHS and at how the NHS Commissioning Board can be effectively held accountable for £80 billion of public money. Blog A mounting case for change, but will it drive change in a 'liberated NHS'? In the light of two new reports, Candace Imison reflects on the impact of staff provision during out-of-hours on the quality of care. Blog Transforming health and social care: can the chrysalis become a butterfly? Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs. Blog How do the Commissioning Outcomes Framework indicators measure up? From 2013 we will hear a lot more about the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, which will be used to assess the performance of clinical commissioning groups. Blog Integrated care north and south of the border If the government’s integration framework encourages innovations at scale and pace, England may yet steal a march on Scotland in the development of integrated care. Blog CCGs and PCTs - not so different after all? There will be important differences between CCGs and PCTs. But in terms of the population size they cover, are they looking increasingly similar? Blog Dithering on Dilnot? Despite the coalition's pledge in its programme for government that it recognised the urgency of reform, almost a year has elapsed since Dilnot reported. Blog What every CCG leader should know about mental health Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS. Blog Commissioning support units: is externalisation the right way to go? Chris Naylor looks at what the future shape of support arrangements for clinical commissioning groups will look like. Blog The colour of money: Dilnot and the social care White Paper Richard Humphries discusses the government’s forthcoming social care White Paper and the final piece of the jigsaw – Andrew Dilnot’s report on how care is funded. Blog Are we expecting too much from the Care Quality Commission? A Public Accounts Committee report has highlighted the challenges the CQC has faced since it was set up. But are we expecting too much from a quality regulator? Blog Why continuity of care is crucial for patients Continuity and co-ordination is essential for safe, effective and high quality care, however for older patients it has fundamental importance. Blog Should GPs be given statutory commissioning roles? Many aspects of the NHS reforms have given rise to debate, but one of the most controversial has been whether GPs should have responsibility for commissioning. Blog Health Select Committee weighs in to debate on social care With the government's response to the Dilnot report on social care funding weeks away, will the HSC's new report set out a compelling case for social care change? Blog The wrong time for a radical reduction in NHS management? Chris Naylor considers the potential loss of managerial talent as new designs for the NHS Commissioning Board are revealed. Blog Will hourly rounds help nurses to concentrate more on caring? While Jocelyn Cornwell welcomes a commitment to hourly nursing rounds, will the introduction of new measurements just increase bureaucracy in patient care? Blog Clinical commissioning groups: does size matter? Paul Zollinger-Read considers whether it's the size of clinical commissioning groups that counts, or their ability to collaborate. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.