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 Accountable care 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 Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances (-) NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 (-) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Power to the people The case for change is clear; a system that listens to patients and enables them to achieve what they want to achieve in their health and wellbeing would improve outcomes and save money. But such systems still exist only in pockets around the country. Blog This patient’s experience I had watched One Born Every Minute and kept my eyes open; I’d attended NCT classes and yoga workshops; I’d done my reading. None of this really prepared me for the extreme pain and joy involved in giving birth to my first child, but it helped a bit. What I was absolutely unprepared for was the experience of being a hospital inpatient. Blog How will we staff new models of care in the NHS? While many policy-makers focus on organisational structures, it is clear that successful implementation of the NHS five year forward view will hinge on getting the staffing right. Blog The role of the NHS in tackling poverty and the wider determinants of health Despite all the pressures, the NHS remains, and will continue to remain, a massive economic and social entity. Are we making the most of this enormous power? 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 The NHS five year forward view: the man matters more than the plan Something very important happened on Thursday and it wasn't the publication of the NHS five year forward view. Far more important was the passion and confidence with which Simon Stevens launched the plan and challenged politicians to provide the funding needed to deliver it. Blog The Cancer Drugs Fund: inequitable and inefficient? On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget? 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 We need to see a new era of leadership for the NHS Are the days of the heroic pace-setting leadership of the NHS really behind us? Sarah Massie reflects on discussions at this year's NHS Confederation conference. 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 The Better Care Fund: what’s love got to do with it? The success of the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund – designed to promote integrated care and help shift care closer to home – depends on a different kind of chemistry between local NHS organisations and their local authority partners. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.