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 Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety (-) Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance (-) Better Care Fund 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 Putting patient safety first: how long will it take before the NHS learns from its mistakes? Candace Imison draws on some of the inspirational stories we heard at our 2013 Annual Conference to look at how the NHS could improve patient safety by learning from mistakes. Blog The Integration Transformation Fund: the foundation of a genuinely integrated system or just another brick in the wall? Expectations for the Integrated Transformation Fund are high, but will it actually help to deliver integrated care when the system is so under pressure? Blog IT systems – an overlooked cog in the integration machine? Being able to measure impact and to exchange information are two of the key elements of seamless care co-ordination. So how can current IT systems be improved to help achieve this more effectively? Blog When will the future begin? Some may argue that deep thinking about the future isn’t really necessary, but how could this foresight benefit the health and social care system? Blog Creating cultures that put patients first The culture that patients are treated in is the one that we all work in, and if we are to learn from Francis and truly improve the NHS, it starts with us, says Donna Willis. Blog Could NHS buildings become tools not temples? In a guest blog for our Time to Think Differently programme, Barrie Dowdeswell gives an international perspective on how the NHS could be utilising one of its prime assests - its buildings. Blog Why do people find it so hard to speak out in the interests of patients? Health care staff are usually motivated to enter their professions by a desire to make a difference for patients and service users. Why then, do they find it so hard to speak up for patients when they see care that does not meet satisfactory standards? Blog Health care innovations in the United States: what lessons are there for the NHS? How do US organisations provide high-quality person-centred care? And what lessons can be drawn for the NHS, local authorities and the third sector? Blog The government’s response to Francis: will it lead to an improvement in quality of care? Nigel Edwards shares his thoughts on the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report. Blog Are the Whole System Demonstrator trial results a watershed moment for the rise of telehealth? Nick Goodwin asks if new government strategies and positive results from the Whole Systems Demonstrator trials will encourage new investment into telehealth. Blog Is good NHS management a waste of money? Chris Ham's blog about the importance of good management and leadership in the NHS. Blog Making a reality of telehealth: lessons from the Whole System Demonstrator programme As we await the results of the WSDAN project, Nick Goodwin considers what else is needed to support new technologies in telehealth and telecare. Blog Learning from variations to increase value for money in the NHS At this time of tight budgets and organisational restructure, Al Mulley explores the implications of practice variation for the NHS. Blog The £20 billion productivity challenge: an unavoidable choice for the NHS? John Appleby champions the need to keep improving NHS productivity, even if we decide to spend more on health care in his blog. Blog Achieving high-quality care at manageable costs: a lesson for GP consortia Paul Zollinger-Read considers the many similarities between American medical groups and the proposed GP consortia. Blog Can we justify the investment in telehealth and telecare? Is the Department of Health's large-scale evaluation necessary to support the need for telehealth and telecare? Blog Maternity wards need the right people in the right place at the right time Could the situation in maternity care be improved if maternity services changed the way they use their current workforce? Natasha Curry explores in our blog. Blog The future of telehealth and telecare in England is on a knife edge At a time when the health service is under pressure to improve quality with fewer resources, new technologies are being carefully scrutinised. Blog How do quality accounts fit into the information revolution? Catherine Foot asks if the new quality accounts will help the public and patients have a clearer view of the quality of care provided locally. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.