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Ruth Robertson looks at the data. 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 A reduction in new HIV diagnoses is no reason to reduce effort Alex Baylis calls for effective national and local leadership in HIV services, as new figures show a fall in new diagnoses in gay and bisexual men. Blog Stronger leadership needed if HIV services are to evolve to meet changing needs Alex Baylis considers the future of HIV services in England against a backdrop of a fragmented system created by reforms. Blog HIV services: a view from the sharp end of policy decisions Guest author Jane Shepherd shares her personal experience of how decisions about health policy affect people living with HIV. Blog Allocating social care funds: difficult decisions ahead The extra £2 billion for adult social care announced in the Spring Budget will be gratefully received, but local councils now face tough choices about where to allocate the money. Richard Humphries considers the context. Blog What do cuts in sexual health services mean for patients? Ruth Robertson looks at the impact of wider financial pressures on genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services, and what this means for service users. Blog What now for social care? Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available. Blog HIV services: collaboration in a time of fragmentation In light of a recent judicial review on the use of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV prevention, Joni Jabbal looks at the outcomes from our research into the impact of NHS reforms on HIV services. Blog Overcoming the challenges to improve health and wellbeing in care homes David Oliver considers the role of care homes in the social care sector, and the challenges that need to be tackled while seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of care home residents. Blog HIV is back on the front pages Following this week's landmark court ruling on the funding of HIV prevention drug PrEP, Alex Baylis considers the complex system of fragmented responsibilities for HIV services. Blog End-of-life care: getting it right for more people, more of the time David Oliver considers some of the positive steps being made towards improving end-of-life care. Blog A new and powerful relationship with patients Marcus Powell considers how, in a digital world, patients can embrace the opportunity to become partners and share in the decision-making that affects their care. 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 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 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 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 Integration Transformation Fund: the foundation of a genuinely integrated system or just another brick in the wall? Expectations for the Integrated Transformation Fund are high, but will it actually help to deliver integrated care when the system is so under pressure? Blog Choice at the end of life: do we have time to wait? The government last week published two new consultations on choice and information, which could have significant implications for how end-of-life care is delivered. Blog Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.