Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Blogs Library 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 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Blog Falling number of nurses in the NHS paints a worrying picture Richard Murray considers the falling number of nurses and health visitors in the NHS. Blog Accountable care: policy fad or step forward on the journey towards integrated care? Nicola Walsh looks at the progress towards integration in emerging accountable care systems and considers the challenges facing leaders and managers. 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 What do child health indicators tell us? What do the recently published child health indicators tell us about how well children are doing? And how could the indicators inform a cross-sector strategy for children in England? Jill Roberts looks for answers. Blog Hospital bed numbers – can the downward trend continue? Leo Ewbank asks whether sustainability and transformation plan proposals to reduce the number of hospital beds are realistic. Blog Is investment in GP services increasing? Is the promised extra funding for general practice reaching frontline services? Beccy Baird explains how the lack of national data makes this a hard question to answer. Blog Compassion and innovation in the NHS Michael West looks at the support available to NHS organisations that want to create compassionate cultures to stimulate innovation. Blog Co-ordination, co-operation and reorganisation: the Fund’s national focus on health care in the 1970s Deena Maggs explores the work of the Fund during a period of significant reorganisation in the NHS. 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 Age-related dependency needs policy and long-term planning Can we reduce late-life dependency or plan for it better? David Oliver reflects on the findings of a recent Lancet paper and asks what we can do to tackle the challenges it highlights. 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 GSK IMPACT awards – defining the boundaries between good and excellent Helen Gilburt considers what it is that makes GSK IMPACT Award-winning charities stand out from the crowd. Blog Tobacco, drugs and obesity: taking stock of recent policy David Buck explores the similarities and differences in the government’s approach to tobacco control, childhood obesity and drug strategy. Blog Getting serious about public mental health Chris Naylor considers whether public mental health is being prioritised in a world of thinly stretched public health budgets. Blog Clinical artificial intelligence: on the brink of a digital revolution? Hugh Harvey, Clinical Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analysis Researcher at King's College London, looks at the potential that artificial intelligence offers for transforming frontline health care. 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 Lessons from Canterbury: Five reasons for hope Following the launch of our new report, Developing accountable care systems: lessons from Canterbury, New Zealand, Stephen Dunn reflects on five reasons for hope. 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? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.