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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Older people 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 Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 (-) 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Report How Should we Deal with Hospital Failure? Facing the challenges of the new NHS market Financial instability is just one reason for failure in the NHS. This paper explores how failure can be prevented or managed, while protecting the quality of patient care and restoring viability. Report Regulating Health Care: The way forward How should the roles of government and independent regulators change in the context of NHS reforms? Evidence and consultation Changes in primary care trusts: Consultation response Our response to the Health Select Committee's inquiry into potential changes to primary care trusts' functions and numbers arising from the Department of Health document, 'Commissioning a Patient-led NHS'. Report The Future of Primary Care: Meeting the challenges of the new NHS market How will primary care be affected by the changing role of primary care trusts and the introduction of both practice-based commissioning and competition between providers? Commissioned report Sustainable Food and the NHS How can hospitals manage food procurement sustainably and promote healthy eating? Includes a framework for assessing procurement and catering practices and offers recommendations for policies, menu designs and contract specifications. Evidence and consultation White Paper on care outside hospitals: Consultation response This paper responds to the government's White Paper that aims to redesign community health and social care services. Evidence and consultation Smoke-free elements of the Health Improvement and Protection Bill: Consultation response This paper considers the proposed smoking ban outlined in the White Paper 'Choosing Health: Making health choices easier' and argues that it is a form of stewardship needed for the public good. Evidence and consultation Wider view of regulation in health and social care: Consultation response This paper is a response to the Department of Health's review of the regulatory framework for the health and social care sector. Report Trends in the London Care Market 1994-2024 We look at London's care market, examining trends in its population profile and in the resources and services available for older people in our paper. Report Putting Health in Local Hands: Early experiences of Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Reveals how one of the first foundation hospitals implemented its governance arrangements, and explores the emerging role of trust members and governors and their relationship with the board of directors. Report Nanny or Steward? The role of government in public health What actions can governments take to influence individual and collective behaviour to reduce health risks, and how does state intervention impact on public health? Report A Question of Numbers: The potential impact of community-based treatment orders in England and Wales How many people in England and Wales could become subject to community treatment orders if the draft Mental Health Bill 2004 becomes law? Report The War on Waiting for Hospital Treatment: What has Labour achieved and what challenges remain? This report assesses the policy initiatives the government has taken to address waiting list numbers and waiting times, and explores what should be done next. Report Self-management for Long-term Conditions: Patients' perspectives on the way ahead We review patients' perceptions about managing their own long-term conditions, and identify how primary care trusts and other health and social care providers can best support them in line with their individual needs. Article NHS foundation trusts Richard Lewis argues that the Healthcare Commission's review offers something for both proponents and detractors. Report The Business of Caring: The King's Fund inquiry into care services for older people in London Our briefing exposes major shortcomings in the current care system for older people in London and recommends ways to address them. Report Understanding Public Services and Care Markets Does a mixed economy work in providing care to Londoners? This paper from The King's Fund recommends how policy and practice should develop in this area. Article Impact of choice on hospital viability John Appleby looks at the impact of patient choice on the future viability of some hospitals. Report Governing Foundation Trusts: A new era for public accountability Our paper on governing foundation trusts looks at the early experiences of foundation trust governors and considers the role they play in health care. Report Palliative Care: Perspectives for dying people Drawing on a two-year research project carried out by UCH, this publication examines palliative care provision in London, looking at how services vary between PCTs. 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.