Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All publications All publications Reports 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 Community services Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills (-) Patients, people and society Carers Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Public opinion Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2000 2001 2002 (-) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Report Improving the public's health: A resource for local authorities Local authorities have been given renewed responsibility for public health. These resources attempt to help councils decide which aspects of public health to prioritise, and what actions are most effective. Report Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation: Making it safe and sound Our report looks at the occurrence of polypharmacy - the concurrent use of multiple medications by one individual - in primary and secondary care and in care homes, and offers recommendations for improving the current system. Article Compassionate care means rooting out staff stress Following the government’s response to the Francis report, Michael West looks at why fostering compassion should be about relieving stresses on staff, not threatening criminal sanctions. Article Balancing budgets or protecting patient safety In this article for the British Medical Journal, Chris Ham considers the choices facing providers who are struggling to balance budgets and protect patient safety and quality of care. Commissioned report Volunteering in acute trusts in England: Understanding the scale and impact Part of a project funded by the Department of Health, this paper gauges the scale and value of volunteering in NHS acute trusts in England. Article Healthy living Health and wellbeing boards must recognise that housing providers need to be part of their decision-making processes, says Richard Humphries. Article Housing alongside health and care With this year’s party conferences concluded, none of the political parties have yet committed to a strategic vision for the issues facing the future of health and social care, says Richard Humphries. Commissioned report Oxleas Advanced Dementia Service: Supporting carers and building resilience This case study looks at how Oxleas Advanced Dementia Service provides care co-ordination, and specialist palliative care and support to patients with advanced dementia living at home. Report Exploring the system-wide costs of falls in older people in Torbay Using Torbay’s unique patient-level linked data set, we explore the NHS and social care costs of the care pathway for older people in the 12 months before and after being admitted to hospital as a result of a fall. Article The NHS volunteer army There are three million volunteers in the health and social care sector, who play an indispensable role in sustaining the system. Article How to harness the power of volunteers Chris Naylor and Claire Mundle outline the benefits of engaging with volunteers and explain how the health service can attract them and cultivate a relationship that is mutually beneficial. Report Patient-centred leadership: Rediscovering our purpose This report summarises the main findings of the Francis Inquiry into the failings of care at Mid Staffordshire in relation to NHS leadership and culture. It sets out what needs to be done to avoid similar failures in future. Evidence and consultation The Care Bill: Second reading in the House of Lords: Briefing The King's Fund welcome the Care Bill as a significant stepping stone to wider reform of care and support and the new duties on local authorities to promote wellbeing. Article Are 'family and friends tests' useful: agree, disagree, neither, don’t know? Family and friends tests are an established method of obtaining feedback on performance for many private sector businesses. But how well is this sort of customer feedback suited to public services like the NHS? Report British Social Attitudes survey 2012: public satisfaction with the NHS and its services The topline results and satisfaction trends relating to the NHS and health care issues from the British Social Attitudes survey 2012. Article The NHS should not underestimate the value of volunteers Volunteers are helping to deliver care in hospitals and in the community, but the health service does not always make the most of their knowledge and expertise. Article Volunteers are a big local asset We haven’t heard much about the Big Society recently but the importance of voluntary and community action has never been more important, says Richard Humphries. Report Volunteering in health and care: Securing a sustainable future Our report looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities. Article Edicts from Whitehall are not enough The Francis Inquiry report highlights shocking failures in patient care at Stafford Hospital. The central question now is whether Robert Francis’s diagnosis of the causes of these failures and his recommendations will prevent anything like this happening again. Article How to make sure the Mid Staffs horror never happens again The Francis Inquiry report presents Jeremy Hunt with the biggest challenge he has faced in the six months he has been in office. 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.