Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All publications 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 Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care 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 Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 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 2001 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Report NHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, future The number of NHS hospital beds in England has more than halved over the past 30 years. This briefing examines the data on hospital beds, explores the drivers underpinning the changes observed and considers whether STPs’ proposed bed reductions are realistic. Article What is happening to waiting times in the NHS? We examine the big issues and recent NHS performance on waiting times. Report Organising care at the NHS front line: who is responsible? What are the challenges facing frontline clinicians today and what could they do to improve the quality of care? Our report presents a range of views from clinicians, managers, quality improvement champions and patients. 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. Long read How hospital activity in the NHS in England has changed over time Why is the NHS struggling to maintain standards of care despite increased funding? Demand for services is rising. Long read Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) explained What are health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) and what role could they play in developments such as integrated commissioning and place-based systems of care? Report Patients' experience of using hospital services: An analysis of trends in inpatient surveys in NHS acute trusts in England 2005-13 Our report looks at the data from inpatient surveys over a nine-year period and discusses what the data tells us about the national picture of care in the NHS and what it reveals about trends for individual trusts over time. Report Options for integrated commissioning Beyond Barker With support for health and social care to have a single ring-fenced budget and a single local commissioner growing, this report looks at the options available for integrated commissioning. Article Acute hospitals and integrated care: what business are we in? Hugh Alderwick and Chris Naylor discuss provider-led approaches to integration. Report Acute hospitals and integrated care: From hospitals to health systems This report looks at lessons from case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care. 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. 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 How will health and wellbeing boards fare? The 65-year-old relationship between the NHS and local government bears testimony to numerous attempts to co-ordinate the work of these two enormous public service silos. Will the new health and wellbeing boards fare any better? Report Health and wellbeing boards: One year on This report examines how health and wellbeing boards have used their shadow year, what they have achieved, and whether they are providing effective leadership across local systems of care. 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. 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. 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. 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.