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NHS administrative processes and staff have an important role to play in delivering care. But what happens when administration is poor? What impact can it have on patient experience? As we begin our new project on NHS administration, Lillie Wenzel shares the findings from our early work. Library blog Better patient information, better patient outcomes: the role of health libraries As Health Information Week gets underway, Deena Mags explores how health libraries are helping patients and the public to be better informed, and some of the challenges around providing meaningful and informative information. 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 Commissioning is dead, long live commissioning With collaboration and integrated care central to the long-term plan for the NHS, Ruth Robertson considers what the future holds for commissioning and commissioners. Blog Quality improvement for patient safety: a chance to steady the ship? Does the recommissioning of the Academic Health Science Networks’ patient safety collaboratives mark a renewed commitment to quality improvement for the NHS? In this blog, Ben Collins considers the NHS’s relationship with quality improvement and the challenges it faces in bringing about real improvements in quality. 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 Hidden from the targets: how long are patients waiting for NHS care? Deteriorating performance against national waiting time targets is one of the most visible signs of the increasing pressures facing the NHS. But do the current headlines fully capture how long patients are now waiting for NHS care? Blog Not to be sniffed at: flu vaccination for NHS staff What more could the NHS do to improve flu vaccination uptake among staff? Bilal Sahib looks at the options. 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 Streamlining the organisation of the NHS without a top-down reorganisation Chris Ham makes the case for aligning the work of NHS Improvement and NHS England. Blog The future of NHS commissioning: no map or clear destination Ruth Robertson asks how CCGs will be affected as accountable care organisations/systems and sustainability and transformation plans/partnerships are layered on top of an already complex NHS landscape? 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 Learning from human guinea pigs: creating open, supportive organisational cultures Alex Baylis looks at how far research ethics have come in 50 years and reminds us of the importance of creating organisational cultures that put patients first and support staff to do the right thing. 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.