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 Emergency care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Equality and diversity 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 experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 (-) NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Report The Spending Review – what does it mean for health and social care? The King's Fund has come together the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation to publish a briefing on the impact of the Spending Review on health and social care. Article Where does the spending review leave social care? The short term hotchpot of measures taken by the government does nothing to stem the growing pressures on social care, says Richard Humphries. Article The spending review: what does it mean for health and care? Richard Murray offers an assessment of where the comprehensive spending review leaves health and social care. Article UK’s health and social care spending plans: more of the same? Nearly half of next year's NHS funding boost will come from cuts to other health services, finds John Appleby. 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. Report How is the NHS performing? October 2015: Quarterly Monitoring Report The NHS is now entering seriously dangerous financial territory which will have ramifications for patients and for all levels of NHS management. Article Improving outcomes while reducing costs Chris Ham speaks to Dr Mark Smith, Founder and Former President and CEO of California HealthCare Foundation, about improving outcomes for patients while reducing costs. Article The three crises facing the NHS in England Ministers need to be honest with the public about the consequences for patient care, says Chris Ham. Report Foundation trust and NHS trust mergers: 2010 to 2015 This report reviews 20 mergers involving NHS trusts and foundation trusts between 2010 and mid-2015 and asks whether mergers are always the best way forward. Evidence and consultation Spending Review submission: health and social care funding: The short, medium and long-term outlook The King's Fund's submission to the 2015 Spending Review argues that if the government is serious in its commitment to health and social care, it must ensure that adequate funds are available both in this parliament and longer term. Article Government's first 100 days: Treasury's fingerprints are all over health policy The Treasury’s influence on government health policy is not surprising in view of the emphasis on deficit reduction and spending controls. So far the health policy can be divided into three major themes, each has their own tensions requiring resolution, writes Chris Ham 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. Report Making change possible: A Transformation Fund for the NHS Our report, in partnership with the Health Foundation, calls for a dedicated Transformation Fund to finance and drive forward essential changes to services. Report How is the NHS performing? July 2015: Quarterly Monitoring Report With the majority of trusts forecasting deficits and no prospect of extra funding, it is clear that the NHS is heading for a financial crunch by the end of the year. Report Better value in the NHS: The role of changes in clinical practice The NHS is being asked to make large productivity savings. This report argues that, rather than looking at efficiency and costs, the NHS should be focusing on getting better value from its budget. Evidence and consultation Briefing: The Budget - health and social care funding The King's Fund's written briefing on health and social care funding in advance of the Budget, on 8 July 2015. Article Only a big increase in NHS funding will guarantee David Cameron's legacy The Prime Minister could bring back compassionate Conservatism by his support for the NHS, says Chris Ham. Article Election 2015: The King’s Fund’s hopes for the future of the NHS The next election is too close to call. But already, the NHS has been at the heart of a great deal of campaign discussion – particularly the thorny issue of how to fund the NHS and integrate it with social care. Report How is the NHS performing? April 2015: Quarterly Monitoring Report Mounting deficits, worsening performance and declining staff morale leave the NHS facing its biggest challenges for many years, according to our latest quarterly monitoring report. Article Current NHS support is not enough, we need a transformation fund The NHS needs a new transformation fund to support the kind of large scale change required by the NHS five year forward view, argue Anita Charlesworth and Richard Murray. 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