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 Community services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Equality and diversity Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Population health (-) Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance (-) Access to care Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan (-) Performance Productivity (-) Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (-) 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog Better value and a better night's sleep: keeping acutely unwell children and adults out of hospital Mathew Mathai, Consultant Paediatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains how the concept of a ‘virtual hospital’ and keeping patients out of hospital where possible has helped to improve quality and reduce costs. Blog Reviewing the Better Care Fund: time to be bold? The upcoming review of the Better Care Fund needs to highlight opportunities for development to support the integration of the NHS and social care. Blog A potential red herring in the social care Green Paper Simon Bottery considers government interest in a ‘nudge’ approach to paying for social care but cautions against focusing on it in the upcoming Green Paper. Blog Solving the puzzle of social care: the time for action is now With new research suggesting that the number of people aged 85 and over needing round-the-clock care is set to double by 2035, the government needs to make hard choices if it is to solve the puzzle of social care, says Chris Ham. Blog NHS performance: bad, better or both? In light of rising demand for NHS services how should we talk about performance against targets? Deborah Ward takes a different view of the data. 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 Is our love for the NHS bad for our health? On the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Dan Wellings considers whether public affection for our health service is blinding us to its imperfections and the lack of investment in other essential services such as public health and social care. Blog Is the problem of excessive winter deaths unique to the UK? Veena Raleigh assesses patterns in the latest mortality data for European countries. Blog Should free personal care be available in England? Simon Bottery explores a key social care difference between England and Scotland and considers whether it’s time for change. 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 NHS70 – can you love something too much? With the 70th anniversary of the NHS fast approaching, organisations in the sector are busy preparing all sorts of activity to mark the occasion. Katie Mantell considers what we want to achieve in the longer term. Blog The perpetual winter’s tale Matthew Kershaw looks at the ongoing pressure on NHS performance and calls for action to ensure that the situation during the winter crisis does not become the new normal. Blog Reforming social care is about more than funding Simon Bottery considers the priorities for the upcoming social care Green Paper. Blog How can the NHS work effectively with patients and the public? In a guest blog for our NHS and the public project, Ceinwen Giles asks what patient involvement could mean for the NHS. Blog Let’s be frank about the NHS In a guest blog for our NHS and the public project, Laura Fulcher asks whether it’s time for NHS leaders to acknowledge that the public must be involved in improving the NHS. 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 Public satisfaction with GP services drops to lowest level in 35 years Ruth Robertson considers why public satisfaction with GP services has dropped to its lowest level in 35 years. Blog Social care needs political support and better workforce planning Alex Baylis calls for a more strategic approach to developing the social care workforce. Blog Hidden from the targets: how long are patients waiting for NHS care? Deteriorating performance against national waiting time targets is one of the most visible signs of the increasing pressures facing the NHS. But do the current headlines fully capture how long patients are now waiting for NHS care? Blog Public expectations of the NHS In a guest blog for our NHS and the public project, Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, explores public expectations of the NHS and other public services. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.