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Beccy Baird considers the pros and cons of digital-first primary care and argues that digitally enabled approaches to improving access must be woven into a holistic model of general practice. Blog Cancer or dementia: the social care system is unfair to people with either condition The often-made contrast between ‘free’ support for cancer and ‘means-tested’ support for dementia is not entirely accurate, says Simon Bottery. Blog Crunch time for local system plans: five things to look out for Anna Charles considers what we might learn from the local system plans currently being developed by sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems. Blog Five tips for successfully leading a primary care network Clinical leaders of primary care networks face both challenges and opportunities to bring people together to drive real change. Beccy Baird and Tricia Boyle suggest five ways to help successfully lead a primary care network. Blog The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog Co-ordinating care for high-cost, high-need patients Chris Ham considers the care models for patients with complex needs presented at the Commonwealth Fund International Symposium, and argues that clinical teams need time and resources to effectively co-ordinate the care they provide. Blog Round two for STP plans: a fresh start or a dangerous distraction? A new round of planning for sustainability and transformation partnerships must allow for greater collaboration between key stakeholders to bring about real improvements in population health. Blog What should the NHS long-term plan say about STPs and ICSs? Is the integration of health and social care moving too fast for the current legal framework? Chris Ham identifies five steps to support the continuing transformation by aligning regulation, policy and practice. Blog The puzzle of STPs in London Why are London’s sustainability and transformation partnerships trailing behind those in other places? Chris Ham highlights some answers and recommendations in our new report. Blog Bottom up, top down, middle out: transforming health and care in Greater Manchester Local care organisations in Greater Manchester are working to improve health and care services for their local populations. Anna Charles shares reflections from a learning network of LCO leaders. Blog New care models point to a better future for patients and staff Is rising demand for hospital services inevitable? Chris Ham celebrates the work of new care models that are successfully bending the demand curve. Blog A minority government: a chance for NHS leaders to seize the day? Matthew Kershaw looks at the risks and opportunities for the NHS presented by the government’s focus on Brexit. Blog How does the NHS work? A never-ending story Our new six-and-a half-minute animation explains how the NHS works. Katie Mantell looks at how and why we produced it. 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 Analysing STPs in London: service reconfiguration, finances and leadership Chris Ham outlines the main issues brought to light in our independent assessment of London’s sustainability and transformation plans, and what the Mayor of London can do to help with their successful delivery. Blog Tearing up the rulebook: legislation and new care models Ben Collins reflects on the reintroduction of top-down control of the NHS and system-wide planning, despite legislation that aimed to establish a very different type of health system. How far can this go before the wheels fall off? Blog Enhanced care in care homes: building on a promising start How can the good practice in enhanced care home projects be shared more widely? Alex Baylis sets out the challenges. Blog Get mental health right and we can get the whole system right Alongside the launch of our report on mental health and new models of care, Chris Naylor explores some of the benefits of investing in mental health. 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 Sending shockwaves through the NHS? Ben Collins asks whether we are seeing the end of the purchaser-provider split as we know it. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.