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Richard Humphries considers the context. 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 Co-production: an inconvenient truth? Jane McGrath of community interest company West London Collaborative sets out what distinguishes true co-production from patient involvement. Blog Listening to feedback in maternity services As local areas prepare to take forward the recommendations of the national maternity review, Lillie Wenzel considers the role of user feedback in driving improvements in maternity services. 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 Challenging traditional relationships and embracing shared decision-making After a busy few days at NHS Confederation conference, Marcus Powell reflects on how the health service can build a new relationship with patients. Blog Three challenges for clinical leaders in 2016 With January now having drawn to a close, Vijaya Nath takes the opportunity to review the challenges for clinical leaders in the year ahead. Blog System leaders and patient leaders: learning from a new relationship What does a positive and effective patient leader/system leader relationship look like, how does it develop and what makes it work? David Sgorbati looks at what we can learn from how these relationships form. Blog The story of us: our relationship with patients, service users and the public Becky Seale shares the story of The King's Fund's new and still emerging relationship with patients, service users and citizens, how it has developed so far and where it might go in the future. Library blog Patient involvement and empowerment Kirsty Morrison look through our digital archive to explore the Fund's work on patient involvement. Blog A new relationship with patients and communities? There are welcome signs that policy-makers and NHS leaders are becoming more open to exploring how health professionals could work more collaboratively with patients as leaders. Blog This patient’s experience I had watched One Born Every Minute and kept my eyes open; I’d attended NCT classes and yoga workshops; I’d done my reading. None of this really prepared me for the extreme pain and joy involved in giving birth to my first child, but it helped a bit. What I was absolutely unprepared for was the experience of being a hospital inpatient. 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 Sharing leadership with patients and service users: conversations at the borderline What more is possible when leadership is shared with patients and service users? This was the question we posed at a roundtable event last month. 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 How are health and wellbeing boards shaping up to their new responsibilities? As implementation of the government’s controversial health reforms draws near, Richard Humphries looks at how health and wellbeing boards are shaping up. Blog The push for improvement in maternity care What more can be done to ensure maternity safety is not compromised and mothers and babies receive the standard of care they deserve? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.