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The short term hotchpot of measures taken by the government does nothing to stem the growing pressures on social care, says Richard Humphries. 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 Intentional whole health system redesign: Southcentral Foundation's 'Nuka' system of care Southcentral Foundation's redesign of the health care system in Alaska is widely regarded as one of the most successful examples of its kind in the United States and internationally. What can the English NHS learn from Southcentral's experiences? Commissioned report The district council contribution to public health: A time of challenge and opportunity This report, commissioned by District Councils' Network, focuses on district councils role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles. Article The worrying truth about mental health services Lack of money is frequently highlighted as a key barrier to providing high quality care in mental health, with bed pressures, access to services and poor patient experience being associated with inadequate funding, writes Helen Gilburt. Report Mental health under pressure This briefing paper looks at mental health as a system of care, examining individual pressures within the wider context of provider and commissioner actions. Report Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in England Our report looks at how NHS organisations can move towards place-based systems of care, in which NHS organisations and services work together to address the challenges they collectively face. The report suggests 10 principles to guide the development of such systems. Report Statement from the Barker Commission: The future of health and social care A statement from the Barker Commission to the Chancellor ahead of the Spending Review on the state of social care and its funding. Article Prioritising mental health Good mental health isn’t just the absence of mental illness. It’s about how we cope with our lives – how we handle situations, relate to others and make choices. Evidence and consultation Health Committee Inquiry into the challenges affecting primary care services: Evidence submission Our response to this Inquiry concludes that the future of general practice rests on a combination of investment and reform. Article Integrated commissioning: Beyond Barker The current fragmented system of commissioning is clearly unsustainable. While the idea of integrated commissioning is an old one, the approach to achieving it must be decidedly new, writes Lillie Wenzel. Report Inequalities in life expectancy: Changes over time and implications for policy This report from David Buck and David Maguire explores how the relationship between income deprivation and life expectancy has changed over time and looks at the impact of other variables such as employment, housing deprivation, binge drinking and diet. Article The NHS needs a Transformation Fund Now, more than ever, we need a new, comprehensive approach to supporting and implementing change, say Richard Murray and Anita Charlesworth. Article The health inequality challenge With the right local leadership and central government support, localism could help address the broad range of factors that drive health inequalities in a particular area, writes David Buck. Article Aligning public services: Strategies for local integration This edition of Public Finance Perspectives explores the strategies needed to align and integrate local public services across traditional organisational boundaries. In his essay, Chris Ham argues that health payment systems are not fit for the purpose of providing integrated, patient-centred care. Article Integrated health and social care in England: progress and prospects Richard Humphries reviews recent policy initiatives to achieve the closer integration of health and social care. Report Transforming our health care system: Ten priorities for commissioners Health care commissioners will need to deliver a sustainable system in the face of the most challenging financial and organisational environment seen in decades. Here, we set out ten priorities for commissioners to help them drive forward the changes needed. Article Integration with health could be staging post to devolved public service budgets As the post-election dust settles, the Queen’s speech confirms that the integration of health and social care continues as a headline policy commitment, with the better care fund and ‘DevoManc’ as flagship policies intended to make this happen. But will they be enough? Article Cutting the public health budget will cost the NHS In the spending cuts announced by the chancellor last week the Department of Health did not entirely escape the knife, losing £200 million from its budget from 'non-NHS' sources. It turns out this source will be local government public health spending. Article Integrated care must start with a new single national framework Rather than prescribe a one size fits all solution, an approach agreed locally by CCGs and local authorities is the best way forward for integrated care, says Richard Humphries. 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.