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 Community services Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions (-) Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity (-) Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care (-) Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016 2017 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 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 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 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 The Cancer Drugs Fund: inequitable and inefficient? On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget? 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 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? Blog Are health and wellbeing boards part of the solution? One aspect of the Health and Social Care Bill that has attracted remarkably little controversy is the proposal for health and wellbeing boards. But are they really part of the solution? 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 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? 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