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 Public health Mental health General practice Adult social care Community services Emergency care End-of-life care Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Sexual health care New models of care Cancer services Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Accountable care Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Clinical commissioning groups Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership Sustainability and transformation plans (-) Quality improvement Patient leadership Patients, people and society Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Patient involvement Older people Housing Health inequalities Children and young people Carers Public opinion Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 Better Care Fund Social care finances Performance Productivity NHS five year forward view Devolution Brexit Access to care General election 2017 Year 2009 2010 2012 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Blog Achieving a balance between quality, access and money Focusing on just one of these priorities can seem more straightforward, but that is not the reality of life for NHS leaders and is not the right approach, says Matthew Kershaw. Blog How can the NHS tap into innovations from the front line? Neil Guha considers how we can encourage a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the NHS so it is perceived as a critical component of how we function rather than an optional extra. Blog Initiating improvement: the impact of the Care Quality Commission’s approach to inspection In light of the recent National Audit Office report, Rachael Smithson considers the Care Quality Commission’s approach and the ways in which the organisation is having an impact on quality of care. Blog Comprehensive quality improvement: not ‘why should we do it?’ but ‘when will we start?’ As the Fund publishes a report on leadership for quality improvement, Matthew Kershaw encourages NHS organisations to embrace its lessons for leaders and make a start. Blog Leadership in the independent sector How can leaders drive quality improvement in independent hospitals? Alex Baylis and Deborah Homa look at the challenges. Blog Quality improvement in mental health: a commitment to long-term change Quality improvement is not a quick fix, and creating the type of cultural change needed to adapt an organisation's whole approach to quality does take time, says Shilpa Ross. Blog Championing quality and seizing improvement opportunities: are we getting it right? Durka Dougall argues that improving quality of care for patients and delivering better value care are often two sides of the same coin. Blog Looking to the future with quality improvement in mental health Quality improvement requires commitment, resources and strong leadership to deliver sustainable results. Shilpa Ross looks at what we can learn from mental health organisations. Blog Quality improvement: learning from innovations in the vanguards Don Berwick sees the impact of work under way in the vanguards, and considers how their innovative approaches could be shared more widely across the NHS. Blog Begin with culture; the rest will follow In January we launched a two-year programme with NHS Improvement to help trusts to review and improve their workplace culture. At the end of the pilot phase, Julia Fernando reflects on what we have learnt so far. Blog The £22 billion question: how can improvement be spread in the NHS? Beccy Baird considers why successful quality improvement measures are rarely taken up far beyond where they originated, and what needs to be done to ensure good practice is spread across the NHS. Blog Action to tackle the growing crisis in health and social care is essential for a sustainable future Chris Ham outlines the proposals set out in our new agenda for action to tackle the growing crisis in health and social care. Blog What steps can be taken towards quality improvement in the NHS? With the publication today of our new report calling for a quality improvement strategy in the English NHS, Chris Ham discusses the key recommendations and why the current approach is not working. 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 High-quality health care: do Deming or die Vijaya Nath visited Intermountain Healthcare to find out how they are able to deliver low-cost, high-quality health care. She found a culture of clinical integration and quality improvement inspired by the work of quality theorist W Edwards Deming. Blog Is the NHS delivering enough things right? Misuse occurs in the NHS when health services are poorly delivered. So how big is the problem of preventable harm in health care? Blog Is the NHS delivering enough of the right things? Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things? Blog Is the NHS delivering too much of the wrong things? More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse. Blog No more inner Stalin: can Jeremy Hunt deliver his vision for the NHS? The headlines that preceded Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the Fund may have focused on seven-day working, but what he had to say about his approach to reform is likely to be of greater interest to leaders within the NHS. Blog Frontline teams are the key to delivering better value care for patients Ruth Robertson's blog argues that we need to shift the debate on productivity to focus on delivering better value care for patients. 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