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 Community services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations 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 Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Population health Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting General election 2019 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view (-) Performance Productivity (-) Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 (-) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 (-) 2020 Blog What does the 2020 spring Budget mean for health and care? The Chancellor used the Budget to give the NHS and public services funding to deal with the effects of coronavirus. Siva Anandaciva looks at this and other measures affecting health and social care. Blog Learning the lessons from Grenfell: ‘our stories and our voice’ The Grenfell tragedy and its aftermath have revealed that public sector organisations do not always adequately serve local communities. In this guest blog, authors from Grenfell United reflect on the importance of sharing stories and real engagement at all levels to build trust and ensure meaningful support. Blog Cardiovascular disease and population health: thinking beyond the hospital ward What role do doctors have to play in improving population health? Aseem Malhotra considers the responsibility they have not only to their patients, but also to their hospital, the wider NHS and the population as a whole. Blog Looking ahead to the Budget: what should we expect for health and care? Ahead of the Budget on 11 March, Sally Warren considers what should be included to enable the new government to deliver on its manifesto commitments, from NHS infrastructure and staffing, to social care and public health. Blog The reality of leading for population health: starting with A, B, C Where’s the best place to start when thinking about population health? Durka Dougall shares some learning from the Fund’s work to date. Blog Social care can’t cope alone with the cost of the living wage The rise in the national living wage will stretch adult social care beyond its limit, says Simon Bottery. More money – and a more strategic approach to the social care workforce – is needed. Blog One step forward for community services New standards aim to improve urgent care in the community, but how easily can they be delivered? Anna Charles considers how workforce, social care and the pace of change might pose challenges for implementing these welcome plans. Blog 2019: The health policy year in 12 charts Siva Anandaciva takes a quick look back at some of the key events that shaped national policy in 2019 and asks what the year ahead might have in store for health and care. Blog Social care services: funding cuts are biting hard There is nothing to smile about in new statistics showing more people request social care support but fewer get it. Blog Looking ahead to 2020 Richard Murray outlines what to look out for in the coming year, from early announcements on workforce and funding, to longer-term ambitions for integration and culture change. Blog What does the Autumn Statement mean for health and social care? As the dust settles on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, this is a good time to review what it told us. I think it contained three big messages: one on money, one on reform, and one on social care. Blog Will the 18-week waiting time target be met by the end of the year? After the 18-week waiting time target was breached earlier this year, Jeremy Hunt announced £250 million to bring it back under control. We review the latest data to see how successful this has been so far. Blog The Better Care Fund: will the plans work? The government expects councils and NHS partners to achieve way too much, with too little, too soon, says Richard Humphries. Blog Now is the time to create a combined health and social care system The growing problems in the NHS and social care cannot be solved by the Better Care Fund or any of the other short-term solutions on offer. Nothing less than a fundamental reform of the funding of health and social care services and citizens’ entitlements to publicly funded support is required to address these problems. Blog Admission to a nursing home can never become a ‘never’ event I agreed with much of what Simon Stevens said at the Age UK For Later Life conference until he stated that he would be ‘disappointed’ if care homes still existed within the next 50 years. I didn’t get the chance to challenge him but I want to do it now. Blog What happens when the money runs out? If in 2013/14 the NHS struggled to maintain performance even with a recruitment round, the chances it can continue to do so with fewer, rather than more, staff look non-existent, says Richard Murray. Blog Better Care Fund, better read the small print? Although earlier rumours of the demise of the Better Care Fund – the government’s £3.8 billion pooled fund to promote integrated care – have turned out to be greatly exaggerated, the significance of the government’s latest announcement about the fund should not be. Blog NHS performance: are we really getting it right? In The Commonwealth Fund's comparative study of health system performance in 11 countries, the UK ranks first across a range of measures covering quality, access and efficiency of care. But can rankings only tell us so much? Blog Wanted: an even Better Care Fund In light of our new report on the NHS productivity challenge, Chris Ham calls for a new transformation fund to stop the NHS approaching a major financial crisis. Blog It's time to start asking and answering the hard questions: a view from an expert by experience Dominic Stenning is a member of the experts by experience group for the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. He spoke at the launch of the interim report, giving a frank and compelling patient perspective on the health, mental health and social care system. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.