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 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 End-of-life care General practice Hospital care (-) Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership 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 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (-) 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (-) 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 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. 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. 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. 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. Article Integrated health and social care in England: progress and prospects Richard Humphries reviews recent policy initiatives to achieve the closer integration of health and social care. Article We cannot keep ignoring the crisis in social care Social care for older people will be increasingly important as our population ages. So why the silence from politicians? Article Dementia: a carer’s perspective We speak to writer Nicci Gerrard about her father's hospital care, and her campaign – John's Campaign – that calls for the families and carers of people with dementia to be allowed to remain with them in hospital for as many hours of the day and night as necessary. Commissioned report Local Healthwatch: progress and promise The Department of Health commissioned The King's Fund to review the progress made by local Healthwatch. This report identifies the positive steps that could be taken across the system to enable a high-performing and effective local Healthwatch network. 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 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 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. 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. 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 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. Evidence and consultation Briefing: Patient choice Patient choice has been a major theme of the Labour government's public sector modernisation programme. This briefing looks at the development of reforms to give patients a choice of provider for their planned hospital care. 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.