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 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 (-) Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation (-) Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance (-) Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 (-) 2012 2013 (-) 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Blog The public’s view of which treatments should be available on the NHS It's hard to disagree with the principle that both costs and effects of treatments need to be weighed in order to make decisions about improving value for money and productivity. For a majority of the public however, this is not a principle they hold. 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 Hospital workload in one chart: good news, bad news With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on. Blog Delivering better value in the NHS 2014/15 looks like being a watershed year in which the NHS moves decisively into deficit, so where do the opportunities lie in delivering better value? 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 New organisational models for the NHS won't be built in a day New organisational models for the NHS could bring benefits but it's the quality of leadership alongside a culture of excellence in performance and accountability for results that will be key, says Candace Imison. Blog The NHS was not a major issue during the 2010 election, so what should we expect in 2015? While public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, there is unprecedented pressure on NHS finances, particularly in 2015/16. Chris Ham considers the political landscape a year before the 2015 general election. 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 future provider landscape: are foundation trusts taking us down a dead end? We don't need more organisations with the label foundation trust, we need financial and clinical sustainability in the provider sector, says Candace Imison. Blog Can Simon Stevens build a coalition for change? Simon Stevens takes up his post as Chief Executive of NHS England today, with an inbox that will be full to overflowing. But what are the three issues that demand his immediate attention? 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. Blog First do no harm: lessons from service reconfiguration in London What can we learn from service redesign in London? Chris Ham reflects on themes from our conference on progressing health care in the capital. Blog Use of emergency hospital beds: why is there so much variation? An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas? Blog Evolution or revolution: the story behind the Health and Social Care Act 2012 Following Nicholas Timmins's book on the story of NHS reform, Anna Dixon looks at the events that led to the Act reaching the statute book. Blog Radical changes are needed – my reflections on themes from the NHS Confederation conference Looking back on the conference, Anna Dixon considers outstanding reform issues, including the difficult decisions that must be made around hospital reconfiguration. Blog Can Lean redesign stick in health care? Lean is a methodology developed by Toyota which aims to improve flow while minimising waste. But why is it so difficult to apply to health care? Blog Are we wasting money on care that patients don’t want? Anna Dixon discusses whether asking patients what care they wanted could be a much simpler solution towards making savings. Blog Do local voluntary organisations hold the key to improving health outcomes? Lisa Weaks argues that it is often small community-based charities' understanding of local need and how they work across services that allows them to be so effective. Blog Managing ACSCs: how can avoidable hospital admissions be reduced? One of the benefits of the UK’s primary care based system is that it keeps patients away from unnecessary admission to hospital – however it may not be succeeding. Blog The Health and Social Care Act: what next for the NHS? How does the Health and Social Care Act differ from Lansley's original plans? And what challenges will the NHS face now as the Act is implemented? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.