Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: Article All publications Reports Long reads (-) Articles Evidence and consultations Commissioned reports 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 Mental health New models of care Public health 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 Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 General election 2019 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 2005 2007 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017 Article What is happening to waiting times in the NHS? We examine the big issues and recent NHS performance on waiting times. Article Organising care at the NHS front line Quality improvement is best led not by regulators but by those who care for patients, say Chris Ham and Don Berwick Article Political crisis in the NHS The government should heed the warning signs and embark on fundamental reform. Article Acute hospitals and integrated care: what business are we in? Hugh Alderwick and Chris Naylor discuss provider-led approaches to integration. Article Emergency department pressures need to be tackled through integrated urgent and emergency care Politicians must look for evidence-based solutions and avoid the NHS becoming a political football, says Chris Ham. Article Discharging patients from overcrowded hospitals – fewer 'progress chasers' and more 'doers' please This year, urgent activity in English NHS hospitals has reportedly hit a record high. These figures routinely underestimate the real number of people in beds whose needs no longer require the full facilities of the general hospital. Article The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls Specialists can provide support and training to help GPs and nurses diagnose and treat complex patients, write Ruth Robertson and Matthew Honeyman. Article What hospitals can learn from mental health service transformation Commissioners should take the opportunity to redesign services while considering the needs of patients, says Helen Gilburt. Article Supporting poorly performing NHS hospitals to improve Chris Ham comments on Jeremy Hunt's plans to ask high-performing NHS hospitals to provide support to poorly performing hospitals to enable them to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Article Hospitals: is bigger better? In the latest edition of our Insight magazine, we talk to Nigel Edwards, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, about the problems often faced by smaller hospitals and how these problems could be overcome. Article If we want to save more lives, general hospitals must close The current system, dominated by the general hospital, is outmoded. But are politicians brave enough to dismantle some of those shells? Article Enabling compassionate care in acute hospital settings Part of the King's Fund Point of Care programme, 'Enabling Compassion' was the first in a series of workshops, and was intended to gain insight into what prevents and enables compassionate care. Article Is it the end for district general hospitals? Tony Harrison and Ian Gilmore ask whether more care at home and new 'polyclinics' will spell the end of district general hospitals? Article The reconfiguration of hospital services in England Jo Maybin says ministers face a struggle to win over sceptics about NHS reform. Article Impact of choice on hospital viability John Appleby looks at the impact of patient choice on the future viability of some hospitals. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterBlog: Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care All blog posts from The King's Fund. Search our database of health and care policy literatureHealth and care explained: How does the health and care system work? How is it changing?This selection of content aims to make sense of the health and care system – including videos, articles, illustrated summaries and more.