Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: Long read 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 Community services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Health inequalities Patient involvement Population health Public opinion Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Brexit Commissioning and contracting 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 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. Long read The capped expenditure process explained In response to significant financial pressures in the NHS, a capped expenditure process has been introduced to provide tighter controls on spending. We explain how the process works and what it involves. Long read What is happening to life expectancy in the UK? 2011 marked a turning point in long-term mortality trends in the UK, with improvements tailing off after decades of steady decline. Veena Raleigh examines the data. 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 Tackling the growing crisis in the NHS: An agenda for action Drawing on our previous work and a lecture given by Chris Ham to the Cambridge Whitehall Group, we offer some practical solutions to help the NHS address one of the biggest crises in its history. 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.