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 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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Maternity services Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design System leadership Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting (-) Governance and regulation NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 1998 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (-) 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Article In brief: what did the Operating Framework say? Jo Maybin looks the essential elements of the Operating Framework, including adjustments to the three tiers of 'vital signs' introduced last year. Report Regulation of Health Care Provision in England This briefing examines the recent history of the quality and safety, financial and economic regulation of health care providers in England. Article Getting quality from the regulators Deciding who does what will be vital if we’re to get a quality service from the regulators. Niall Dickson reflects on the new role of the CQC and its chair, Lady Young. Evidence and consultation Department of Health consultation on an NHS constitution: Consultation response This response welcomes plans for an NHS constitution as a potentially viable way of providing clarity on the purpose of the NHS. Report Top-up payments for drugs in England This briefing gives some background on the relevant legislation and guidance in this area. Report Briefing: High Quality Care for All: the NHS Next Stage Review final report This briefing provides The King's Fund's analysis of the key themes explored in High Quality Care For All, the final report from Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review. Evidence and consultation Consultation response: the future regulation of health and adult social care in England This paper responds to the Department of Health consultation on the framework for the registration of health and adult social care providers. Report Should Primary Care Trusts be Made More Locally Accountable? A discussion paper from The King's Fund This discussion paper discusses a range of options for reforming the relationships between PCTs and their public. Article How to score public accountability points Ruth Thorlby and Richard Lewis discuss the public accountability of primary care trusts. Article David Woodhead and Valerie James on tackling decommissioning This article looks at the challenges surrounding decommissioning. Government is stepping away from setting central targets and relinquishing direct control over delivery. Locally identified needs and priorities will take their place. Report Regulating Complementary Medical Practitioners An international review This report examines the experiences of 16 countries in regards to complementary medical practices. Report Operating framework 2008/9 In this briefing we analyse the 2008/9 Operating Framework, created by the Department of Health as a set of priorities and guidance for running the NHS. Report Governing the NHS: Alternatives to an independent board Would an independent NHS board reduce micromanagement and day-to-day political interference in the running of the health service? This paper suggests limitations to this option and proposes several alternatives. 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.