Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Public health Mental health General practice Adult social care (-) Community services Emergency care End-of-life care Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Sexual health care New models of care Cancer services Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Accountable care Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Clinical commissioning groups Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership Sustainability and transformation plans Quality improvement Patient leadership Patients, people and society (-) Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Patient involvement Older people Housing Health inequalities Children and young people Carers Public opinion Population health Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 (-) Better Care Fund Social care finances Performance Productivity NHS five year forward view Devolution Brexit Access to care General election 2017 NHS long-term plan Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Rekindling hope in public services Ahead of the publication of our report on the Wigan Deal, Chris Naylor explores how devolving power to frontline staff and service users can create the positive culture needed for improvement. Blog A new trend in elective hip surgery? After more than a decade of steady growth, the number of elective hip procedures is in decline. Deborah Ward and Lillie Wenzel unpack this surprising trend. Blog The NHS misses its new target for planned elective care Siva Anandaciva considers the shift in priorities for the elective care waiting list and outlines three key considerations for developing a new strategy: how to best measure waiting times, setting realistic targets and the importance of short waits for patients. Blog Empathy and understanding in mental health: the role of a peer support worker Emily, a senior peer support worker at Haven, explains the vital role peer support workers play in supporting people through mental health crisis. Blog A significant moment for general practice A new five-year contract for general practice has been announced, with an increase in funding and plans to transform GP services. Beccy Baird and Anna Charles give their take on the key things you need to know. Blog Social prescribing: a part of something bigger Beccy Baird highlights how social prescribing must fit within a well-connected and sufficiently-funded system if it is to be successful. Blog Shared responsibility for health: troubling language and unmet need Maybe the shared responsibility framework needs a different framing: one that starts with the acknowledgment that people who have health problems have a rightful expectation that they will be supported at a time of need, says Charlotte Augst. Blog Tackling HIV stigma in the health service Dr Tom Beaney, a GP trainee working in The King's Fund policy team, reflects on new data from the Positive Voices survey and considers the stigma that people with HIV face within the health service today. Blog Shedding light on service design involving patients and the public Rich Stockley explains how good patient and public involvement requires a robust and well-designed research process, and not just hoping for the elusive ‘lightbulb moment’. Blog The pivot: changing our relationship with the health system The nature of the health challenges we face today mean it is no longer appropriate to continue with our existing systems. We have to step outside the institutions and start in homes, communities and work places where health is created, says Hilary Cottam. Blog How can community involvement reduce health inequalities? Can community involvement in Morecambe Bay help reduce health inequalities that have existed over decades? Blog Planning for a national centre for arts and health Sarah Gregory explores the issues around co-producing a plan to establish a national centre for arts and health. Blog What can cities in England learn from other countries about population health? As we publish a new report on population health, Chris Naylor asks whether it is time for cities to have more powers to improve the health of their populations. Blog Multiple unhealthy risk factors: why they matter and how practice is changing Harry Evans discusses why we need to take a holistic approach to supporting behaviour change and looks at how services are innovating to tackle multiple unhealthy risk factors. 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 Making the most of our assets: the time has come to realise the full potential of community services In the context of the current unprecedented pressures on the NHS, it is now more important than ever that everyone involved in the health and care system pays proper attention to community services and all they have to offer. Blog Public engagement – pitfalls, barriers and benefits As part of our project on the NHS and the public, Dan Wellings asks why the NHS can be reluctant to involve the public in decision-making and makes the case for why it should. Blog Growing up with the NHS: born on 5 July 1948 As part of our work on the changing relationship between the NHS and the public, Aneira Thomas, who was the first baby born on the NHS, shares her views on its past and its future. Blog Great expectations: the changing nature of the public’s relationship with the NHS What are the biggest issues and priorities for the NHS, and what do people expect from our health care system in the 21st century? As we start a new research project, Beth Adams reflects on the insights we’ve had so far. Library blog Improving patient experience through design: The King's Fund in the 1960s Nicholas Willsher looks at the Fund’s work in the late 1950s and early 1960s on improving patient experience and how the Fund developed its approach to design. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.