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 2002 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2019 Long read What does the NHS England review of waiting times mean for accident and emergency departments? As NHS England proposes new waiting times targets, Siva Anandaciva weighs up the impact of the four-hour target and outlines seven key issues for the new standards that have been proposed for emergency departments. Commissioned report Volunteering in ambulance services: developing and diversifying opportunities Commissioned by the Office for Civil Society, this report explores the role and value of volunteering within ambulance services in England and identifies examples of different ways in which volunteering opportunities are being developed. 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 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 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 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. Report How is the health and social care system performing? June 2013: Quarterly monitoring report Our latest quarterly monitoring report confirms that the government's target has been missed as A&E waiting times hit a nine-year high. Evidence and consultation Health Select Committee's inquiry into emergency services and emergency care: Evidence submission Our written submission to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry into emergency services and emergency care. Article Health and wellbeing boards: policy and prospects This article aims to examine the role of health and wellbeing boards in the context of the government's reforms introduced by the Health and Social Act 2012 and the fundamental challenges facing the NHS and local government; it also aims to assess evidence from the early experience of shadow boards and considers what factors will most influence their success. Report Older people and emergency bed use: Exploring variation This paper explores factors that might be driving the significant variation in use of hospital beds by patients over 65 admitted as an emergency. Article Joint health and wellbeing strategy guide The King's Fund has contributed to a series of products for health and wellbeing boards, including a strategy guide, self assessment toolkit and briefings. Report Health and wellbeing boards: System leaders or talking shops? Will health and wellbeing boards be able to achieve greater success than previous bodies? This paper assesses the ways in which local authorities have begun to develop new arrangements with their partners. Article Health and wellbeing boards will be more than talking shops Will health and wellbeing boards be wordy talking shops or transforming system leaders? Richard Humphries explores this in an article for Local Government Chronicle. Evidence and consultation Data briefing: Emergency hospital admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions: Identifying the potential for reductions Our data briefing looks at patterns of admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions and assesses how emergency admissions could be reduced. Article Championing health and wellbeing Among the many hotly debated measures set out in the Health and Social Care Act one initiative remains uncontroversial: health and wellbeing boards. Evidence and consultation Data briefing: Emergency bed use: What the numbers tell us Our data briefing looks at the trends emerging in emergency admissions and hospital bed use in the NHS. What do the numbers tell us? Report Avoiding hospital admissions: What does the research evidence say? In order to successfully reduce avoidable emergency admissions, we need to fully understand which interventions are the most effective. The King's Fund commissioned this review of research evidence to establish which interventions work in avoiding emergency or unplanned hospital admissions. 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.