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Helen Gilburt explains how these roles are developing and diversifying to meet the wider needs of the NHS as a whole. Blog The NHS needs to be more productive – or is it more efficient? Stop reading this and get back to work – you need to be more productive. Or is it more efficient? David Maguire explores the difference between productivity and efficiency in the NHS long-term plan. Blog Is it possible to use the digitisation of the NHS to reach the furthest first? The health and care system has historically been reliant on paper for sharing information about patients. Digitisation is inevitably changing that, but what impact does that have on those who are marginalised? Blog The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog Prevention and early action are key to positive, healthy outcomes The ‘radical shift in approach’ towards preventive care proposed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock would align with the goals of many in the charity sector who have long been promoting prevention and early action. But will he put his money where his mouth is? Blog What should the NHS long-term plan say about STPs and ICSs? Is the integration of health and social care moving too fast for the current legal framework? Chris Ham identifies five steps to support the continuing transformation by aligning regulation, policy and practice. Blog Can generous leadership in the voluntary and community sector support NHS transformation? Voluntary and community sector leaders are expert collaborators and part of a growing movement demonstrating their willingness to take on the challenge of transformation, says Lisa Weaks. Blog A short history of NHS winter funding The NHS relies on the reoccurrence of supposedly non-recurrent winter funding, but is still kept on its toes each year wondering how much money will be available and when it will be provided. Siva Anandaciva looks at how it works. Blog NHS performance: bad, better or both? In light of rising demand for NHS services how should we talk about performance against targets? Deborah Ward takes a different view of the data. Blog Non-executive directors and integrated care: time to think system Richard Humphries considers how non-executive directors of NHS trusts can contribute to integrated care efforts. Blog What has the STP or ICS ever done for me? Chris Ham reflects on the progress in ICSs and STPs so far and assesses what they have achieved. Blog NHS medicines provision: a tricky balancing act With medicines spending growing at a time of NHS funding restraint, difficult choices lie ahead for policy-makers. Leo Ewbank assesses the current situation and looks at what the future may hold. Blog Prime Minister’s promise of extra funding for the NHS raises questions about how much, when and how? Following welcome news of a new funding settlement for the NHS, Chris Ham explores some of the remaining unanswered questions. Blog A progress report on integrated care systems Catch up on progress being made in integrated care systems around the country. Chris Ham covers the latest developments. Blog Priorities for the NHS in 2018/19 and beyond Does the new NHS planning guidance contain good news or bad? Richard Murray takes stock of the changes. Blog Transforming general practice through volunteering In a guest blog to accompany our volunteering report, Kay Keane shares her experience of developing a community-centred general practice approach through building a community of volunteers. Blog What does the future hold for integrated care systems? What does the change from accountable care systems to integrated care systems mean? Chris Ham draws on the Fund’s work to clarify what is happening. Blog Focusing on better-value care As the NHS faces financial and service pressures, Matthew Lewis asks if now is the time to focus on better-value care. Blog NHS winter crisis: when a plan is not a plan Matthew Kershaw highlights the need for a fundamental change to the way NHS emergency care is provided. Blog How can the NHS tap into innovations from the front line? Neil Guha considers how we can encourage a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the NHS so it is perceived as a critical component of how we function rather than an optional extra. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.