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 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 Quality improvement System leadership Voluntary and community sector (-) Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 2011 (-) 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog New CCG allocations: straw men laid to rest but deeper questions remain? NHS England have set out their thinking on how the bulk of NHS money will get to where it needs to be, and on what basis, through allocations to CCGs – David Buck shares his thoughts on this decision. Blog You can't get the staff these days: the shifting NHS workforce In light of our September 2013 quarterly monitoring report, James Thompson investigates the reasons behind the recent decline in the NHS hospital and community health service workforce in England. Blog The NHS workforce: how do we balance cost-effectiveness with safety? Professor James Buchan explores how NHS reforms have affected the health and social care workforce, and the importance of maintaining the balance between safety and cost-effectiveness. Blog Let’s hear it for allied health professionals It is impossible to deliver effective care without the crucial contribution of highly trained allied health professionals. Yet, whenever the quality of health care is debated, these vital staff are written out of the conversation. Blog Why we cannot afford to be pessimistic about CCGs The future of clinical commissioning groups hinges to a large extent on the support they receive from local GPs, says Chris Naylor. Blog Developing GP federations: will clinical commissioning stand in the way? Central to the RCGP's new vision, The 2022 GP, is the proposal that GP practices come together as federated or networked organisations. But can GP federations develop alongside CCGs? Blog There’s nothing quite like being there All senior civil servants will now be expected to spend the equivalent of four weeks a year with staff and patients in health and social care organisations. But will this lead to a more patient-centred culture? Blog A matter of meaning One of the most effective things NHS leaders can do is to help people see how their work matters or help them articulate for themselves what contribution their work makes, says Liz Saunders. Blog A new beginning for the care of older people in hospital? Although the care of older people will be ‘core business’ for the foreseeable future, numerous reports have highlighted serious failings in that care. Does the government's response to the Francis Inquiry report mark a new beginning? Blog Clinical commissioning groups: a north-south divide? The hard work and long hours put in by GPs and managers in setting up CCGs have, so far, paid off. All 211 CCGs have been authorised to take control of their commissioning budgets from the beginning of April. Blog How are health and wellbeing boards shaping up to their new responsibilities? As implementation of the government’s controversial health reforms draws near, Richard Humphries looks at how health and wellbeing boards are shaping up. Blog The hospital bed: on its way out? In his British Medical Journal data briefing, John Appleby examines trends in the number of hospital beds and wonders how low we can go. Blog Delivering the workforce of the future Vijaya Nath sums up our discussions on the future health and social care workforce, and looks at the impact of leadership, technology and the shifting patterns of care delivery. Blog The crucial role of volunteers in supporting compassionate, high-quality patient care Volunteers are well placed to help organisations meet a number of Francis’s key recommendations, says Claire Mundle. Blog Letter to a friend, a non-executive director on the board of an NHS Foundation Trust Jocelyn Cornwell gives her advice to non-executive directors following the Francis Inquiry report. Blog Revalidation: opportunity or challenge? Revalidation has been a popular topic in our leadership work with medical directors, GPs and consultants – so what have we learnt so far? Blog A guide to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Everyone Counts The NHS Commissioning Board has issued its ‘planning guidance’ to the 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are to take control of local budgets from April. So what message does it send to CCGs? Blog Transforming primary care: let's start with the basics In a blog for our Time to Think Differently programme, Hugh Reeve, a GP and Clinical Chair of Cumbria CCG, explains why changes to primary care must start with the basics. Blog Clinical commissioning groups: what do we know so far? In the past few days, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have come several steps closer to taking control of £65 billion of NHS spending. Blog Payment by Results: time for a rethink? The more we have got to know about how PbR operates and similar payment methods in other countries operate in practice, the more there seems to be a case for a rethink, says John Appleby. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.