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 Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Children and young people Older people 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 2009 (-) 2010 (-) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog All I want for Christmas... is better care for the elderly With the pressures on A&E, Richard Humphries explains that it's the frail elderly patients that remain in hospital beds that we should be more concerned about. Blog From Dilnot to delivery: the politics of social care reform Richard Humphries asks whether the political momentum can be found to carry through Dilnot's suggestions for social care funding in England. Blog Working with patients to improve health services: Experience-based co-design in practice Joanna Goodrich asks can we really expect to improve services in a way that makes a difference to patients if we don’t listen to their experiences? Blog Waiting for the Dilnot Commission: four challenges for change Richard Humphries sets out four challenges for changing social care funding that the Dilnot Commission must address. Blog Maternity wards need the right people in the right place at the right time Could the situation in maternity care be improved if maternity services changed the way they use their current workforce? Natasha Curry explores in our blog. Blog Will the Health Bill improve cancer survival rates? Andrew Lansley has invoked our relatively poor cancer outcomes as part of his justification for health reform. But just how bad are we at treating cancer? Blog Mid Staffordshire: a hospital that lost its way Stephen Moss, Chair of Mid Staffordshire, spoke at our conference this week about the lessons he had learnt from the 'story of a hospital that lost its way'. Blog Anticipating the Spending Review The government has pledged to ring-fence the NHS budget from real-terms reductions, so in one sense the spending review is a done deal. Or is it? 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 The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? Blog It's a question of choice for patients Ruth Robertson questions whether government plans to empower patients to choose their hospital will lead to improvements in services. 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 Tough call on social care costs Could the impending general election be the first where social care is a key campaigning issue? Don't expect cross-party consensus yet, warns Richard Humphries. Blog Are Labour's policies to blame for poor cancer survival rates? The government says that UK cancer survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe and proof of the need for change. What do the comparative statistics tell us? Blog We can't go on like this The impression given that 'free care' of the elderly can be achieved without costs or trade-offs is not a solid foundation on which to build the reform of care. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.