Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All publications All publications Long reads Articles 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 (-) General practice Hospital care Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Equality and diversity Integrated care Local service design Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Health inequalities Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Public opinion Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Brexit Commissioning and contracting General election 2017 Governance and regulation NHS finances NHS five year forward view Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2001 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 (-) 2017 2018 2019 Report Embedding a culture of quality improvement Our report explores the factors that have helped NHS organisations launch and sustain a quality improvement strategy. Report Making the case for quality improvement: lessons for NHS boards and leaders At a time of significant financial and operational pressure, local and national NHS leaders need to focus on improving quality and delivering better-value care. We make the case for quality improvement and share lessons for NHS boards and leaders. Report Quality improvement in mental health Quality improvement has a role to play in improving the quality of care in mental health services. Our report looks at what organisations need to do to implement a quality improvement approach effectively and the benefits this can bring. Report Tackling variations in clinical care: assessing the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme aims to bring about higher-quality care in hospitals, at lower cost, by reducing unwanted variations in services and practices. Article Did the government meet its pledge to deliver seven-day services? Ahead of the general election, we explore whether the government met its pledge on seven-day services. Article Is general practice in crisis? big election questions Ahead of the general election, we consider whether general practice is in crisis. Long read What is social prescribing? Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. But does it work? And how does it fit in with wider health and care policy? 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.