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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions 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 Carers 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 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 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 Waiting for mental health care: what does the public think? How long is it reasonable to wait for treatment of depression after being referred by a GP? The results from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey are revealing and suggest that public expectations exceed current policy ambitions. 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 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 The NHS White Paper: what do doctors think of their new roles? While initial reactions to the NHS White Paper were positive, there are still a lot of questions unanswered for the doctors who will now need to commission services. Blog The principles of GP commissioning: general practices and the rationing dilemma The British Medical Association's GPs Committee has published its 'fundamental principles' for GP commissioning - but will it help GPs to deliver high-quality care? Blog Public health: why GPs need to see the full picture Public health needs to move out of the lecture hall and into the living room, according to Anne Milton MP. But what role should GPs be playing in public health? Blog The White Paper: the challenge for NHS leaders The scale of the challenge facing NHS leaders in pushing through the major reforms outlined in the recent White Paper, with current financial constraints, is unprecedented. Blog The White Paper: will peer review improve performance for GP consortia? The government's plans for NHS reform place a great deal of power in the hands of the proposed NHS Commissioning Board, but will this help to improve quality of care? Blog What role for information in the new NHS? Information is destined to have a key role in the new vision for the NHS. But will it help to give patients choices and to increase public accountability? Blog Equity and Excellence: will the White Paper achieve all it sets out to? If the proposals set out in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence’ are implemented in full, the changes will have far-reaching consequences for the NHS. Blog Ten challenging questions about the White Paper The King's Fund believes the health White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions if it is to offer a credible plan for the future. Blog Can we tolerate a postcode lottery? Variation in services has existed since the NHS began, but it will be interesting to see how the parties' greater commitment to localism will play out in practice. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.