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 Community services End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Maternity services Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design System leadership Workforce and skills Patients, people and society (-) 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 Social care finances Year 1998 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (-) 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Article In brief: what did the Operating Framework say? Jo Maybin looks the essential elements of the Operating Framework, including adjustments to the three tiers of 'vital signs' introduced last year. Report NICE technology appraisals In our briefing, Teresa Poole looks at how NICE appraises new and existing drugs through clinical and economic evidence, and the impact of those appraisals. Report Seeing the Person in the Patient: The Point of Care review paper Assesses patients' experiences of hospital care and suggests that staff at all levels help to shape that experience. Proposes two initiatives that have the potential to promote compassion in care. Report Regulation of Health Care Provision in England This briefing examines the recent history of the quality and safety, financial and economic regulation of health care providers in England. Article Getting quality from the regulators Deciding who does what will be vital if we’re to get a quality service from the regulators. Niall Dickson reflects on the new role of the CQC and its chair, Lady Young. Report Technology in the NHS: Transforming the patient's experience of care How can technology be used to improve care for patients? This report gives examples of how technology could be used and suggests ways to overcome the obstacles to its adoption. Report Engaging patients in their health: How the NHS needs to change: Report from the Sir Roger Bannister Health Summit, Leeds Castle, 17-18 May 2007 How can we encourage patients to become more engaged in their own health care and what impact will that have on the NHS? This report presents discussions from an expert seminar. Evidence and consultation Department of Health consultation on an NHS constitution: Consultation response This response welcomes plans for an NHS constitution as a potentially viable way of providing clarity on the purpose of the NHS. Evidence and consultation Health Select Committee's inquiry into the purchase of additional drugs by NHS patients (top-up fees) Consultation response This paper is a response to the Health Select Committee's inquiry, conducted by Professor Mike Richards, into the consequences of additional private drugs for NHS care. Report Top-up payments for drugs in England This briefing gives some background on the relevant legislation and guidance in this area. Article Super patients should use their powers wisely The government is set to empower patients with personal budgets for care, but clear rules must guarantee choices are well informed and cost-effective, say Anna Dixon and Rebecca Ashton Article Making Darzi's vision a reality The NHS Next Stage Review outlines a sensible set of measures to transform patient care, but The King's Fund's chief executive Niall Dickson argues that real cultural change will be needed in the health service if the vision is to be translated into reality. Report Briefing: High Quality Care for All: the NHS Next Stage Review final report This briefing provides The King's Fund's analysis of the key themes explored in High Quality Care For All, the final report from Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review. Article How will Darzi deliver on patient expectations of the NHS? Niall Dickson's BBC Radio 4 Today programme briefing on Darzi, 30 June 2008 Evidence and consultation Consultation response: the future regulation of health and adult social care in England This paper responds to the Department of Health consultation on the framework for the registration of health and adult social care providers. Report Improving Environments for Care at End of Life: Lessons from eight UK pilot programmes We share the lessons from a pilot programme launched in 2006 to improve environments for care at end of life, with experiences from eight pilot sites. Report Should Primary Care Trusts be Made More Locally Accountable? A discussion paper from The King's Fund This discussion paper discusses a range of options for reforming the relationships between PCTs and their public. Article How to score public accountability points Ruth Thorlby and Richard Lewis discuss the public accountability of primary care trusts. Report Free choice at the point of referral Free choice, allowing patients to choose a hospital anywhere in England, begins in April 2008. This briefing summarises the most recent data on choice of referral. Article David Woodhead and Valerie James on tackling decommissioning This article looks at the challenges surrounding decommissioning. Government is stepping away from setting central targets and relinquishing direct control over delivery. Locally identified needs and priorities will take their place. 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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