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Blog Saving lives, supporting communities: The role of volunteers in ambulance services Volunteers are involved in providing vital frontline care and support to ambulance services. Helen Gilburt explains how these roles are developing and diversifying to meet the wider needs of the NHS as a whole. 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 Second’s out, round two: Is the government’s latest childhood obesity plan a knockout? Less than a year since its underwhelming first attempt, the government has just released round two of its plan for childhood obesity. What has the government learned since the last time round and is it still pulling its punches? 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 The perpetual winter’s tale Matthew Kershaw looks at the ongoing pressure on NHS performance and calls for action to ensure that the situation during the winter crisis does not become the new normal. 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 Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision – our response Helen Gilburt evaluates the government's plan to transform children and young people's mental health provision. Blog Hidden from the targets: how long are patients waiting for NHS care? Deteriorating performance against national waiting time targets is one of the most visible signs of the increasing pressures facing the NHS. But do the current headlines fully capture how long patients are now waiting for NHS care? 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 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 Preventing a recurrence of this winter’s crisis Chris Ham considers what needs to be done to stabilise the NHS and ensure that this winter's crisis does not recur. Blog A&E performance reaches a new low The media and groups of NHS staff are describing an A&E service in crisis, while the government says the NHS is more prepared for winter than ever before. What does the latest national data say about how A&E departments are coping compared with previous winters? Blog Black alerts: for emergencies only? Matthew Kershaw considers whether the frequency of black alerts this winter is putting staff and patients under unsustainable pressure. Blog NHS England should work with local leaders and clinicians to explain accountable care NHS England’s plans aim to create opportunities to improve care, not to privatise the NHS by stealth, argues Chris Ham. Blog Reducing inequalities in children and young people’s mental health With the publication of the government’s Green Paper on child and adolescent mental health, Jill Roberts looks at how it tackles the issues around inequalities. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.