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Here we look at some of the latest developments that could impact the health and care system in England. Report NHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, future The number of NHS hospital beds in England has more than halved over the past 30 years. This briefing examines the data on hospital beds, explores the drivers underpinning the changes observed and considers whether STPs’ proposed bed reductions are realistic. Article What is happening to waiting times in the NHS? We examine the big issues and recent NHS performance on waiting times. Evidence and consultation Briefing: House of Commons debate on the address: health, social care and security Ahead of debates on the address on Wednesday 28 June in the House of Commons and Thursday 29 June in the House of Lords, The King's Fund has produced this written briefing on the key issues for health and social care in the new parliament. Article The general election, the NHS, and social care: a less damaging deal on Brexit and more funding may result The outcome of the general election will mean more of the same for the NHS and social care in the short term, and huge uncertainty on two fronts in the medium term, says Chris Ham. Article What impact will Brexit have on the health and social care workforce? big election questions Ahead of the general election, we consider the impact Brexit will have on the health and social care workforce. Report Organising care at the NHS front line: who is responsible? What are the challenges facing frontline clinicians today and what could they do to improve the quality of care? Our report presents a range of views from clinicians, managers, quality improvement champions and patients. Article Organising care at the NHS front line Quality improvement is best led not by regulators but by those who care for patients, say Chris Ham and Don Berwick Article Political crisis in the NHS The government should heed the warning signs and embark on fundamental reform. 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. Evidence and consultation Evidence submission: Health Committee's inquiry into Brexit and health and social care Our response focuses on the issues to which attention will need to be paid in the withdrawal negotiations in relation to health and social care and, where applicable, the outcomes that should be sought. Report Five big issues for health and social care after the Brexit vote In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, we consider what lies ahead for health and social care, and the five big issues that will need to be considered. Report Patients' experience of using hospital services: An analysis of trends in inpatient surveys in NHS acute trusts in England 2005-13 Our report looks at the data from inpatient surveys over a nine-year period and discusses what the data tells us about the national picture of care in the NHS and what it reveals about trends for individual trusts over time. Article Acute hospitals and integrated care: what business are we in? Hugh Alderwick and Chris Naylor discuss provider-led approaches to integration. Report Acute hospitals and integrated care: From hospitals to health systems This report looks at lessons from case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care. 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 The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls Specialists can provide support and training to help GPs and nurses diagnose and treat complex patients, write Ruth Robertson and Matthew Honeyman. Article What hospitals can learn from mental health service transformation Commissioners should take the opportunity to redesign services while considering the needs of patients, says Helen Gilburt. Commissioned report Volunteering in acute trusts in England: Understanding the scale and impact Part of a project funded by the Department of Health, this paper gauges the scale and value of volunteering in NHS acute trusts in England. Article Supporting poorly performing NHS hospitals to improve Chris Ham comments on Jeremy Hunt's plans to ask high-performing NHS hospitals to provide support to poorly performing hospitals to enable them to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Article Hospitals: is bigger better? In the latest edition of our Insight magazine, we talk to Nigel Edwards, Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, about the problems often faced by smaller hospitals and how these problems could be overcome. Report Volunteering in health and care: Securing a sustainable future Our report looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities. 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. 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