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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Pathfinder consortia: a step in the right direction Our health and the Big Society event provoked an interesting debate on balancing the reality of the financial situation with the vision in the health White Paper. Blog Lessons from Seattle: dealing with the challenge ahead Liz Thiebe discusses the Seattle Study Tour and notes the lessons we should be learning about commissioning and management in the UK. Blog Social care and the Spending Review: know your place As the dust settles after the Spending Review, the coalition government's determination to shift power away from central government is becoming clearer. Blog GP commissioning: how do you decide on the size of a GP consortium? While the government plans to leave the development of consortia to be decided locally, many people feel that size matters and that guidelines should be provided. Blog The White Paper challenge for GPs: plugging the knowledge and skills gaps As the election campaign ratchets up a gear prospective MPs are vying for our votes and using local service changes and promises to save hospitals as currency. 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 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 Lessons from America: achieving integrated health systems Having previously studied integrated delivery systems in the United States, Chris Ham supports Andrew Lansley's comments on integrated health systems. 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 What future for world class commissioning? Government plans look set to transform the commissioning landscape in England. While primary care trusts (PCTs) face an uncertain future, things may be considerably brighter for private sector firms offering support services to commissioners. Blog Helping the voluntary sector plug the service gap The spending cuts announced last week left the health care budget intact, but there were no such promises for social care. What is the impact on wellbeing? Blog Will budget-holding go off with a bang or a whimper? GP budget-holding will play a major part in the coalition's plans for the NHS. What lessons should be drawn from previous attempts to involve GPs in commissioning? Blog Word clouds of new government's health and social care statements John Appleby compares the words found in the coalition government's health and social care policy statements and then in the Health Bill itself with our wordle. Blog Freeing the NHS from politics Anna Dixon asks whether the Health Bill will support the Conservatives’ ambitions to replace a ‘top down approach' with devolution of power to doctors and patients. Blog Commissioning IMPACT with third sector providers Last week's GSK IMPACT awards showcased the very best in third sector provision of health and social care services. (Blog, Mark Jennings, 4 May 2010) Blog Dividing lines drawn as health debate heats up So far, health has been the dog that hasn't barked during the election campaign. So what light did a health hustings shed on the three main parties' health reform plans? Blog Party pledges for future NHS funding We know money for the NHS over the next few years is going to be tight, but what are the three main political parties' pledges on funding? Blog The leaders' debate: have we heard it all before? As the dust settles after the first of the leaders' debates, did it tell us any more about the parties' approach to health? Blog Difficult choices on health as the election campaigns kick off Today the general election campaign began in earnest, with a strong suggestion that health and social care will be key issues for the three main parties. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.