Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All publications All publications Reports Long reads Articles 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 Cancer services Community services Emergency care (-) General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care 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 Children and young people Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting General election 2017 General election 2019 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2001 2002 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 (-) 2014 2015 2016 (-) 2017 2018 (-) 2019 Long read Why can't I get a doctor's appointment? Solving the complex issue of GP access Public satisfaction with general practice is lower now than it has ever been, while the number of people reporting difficulties in booking appointments continues to grow. We run through the proposed solutions to issues around GP access and consider their potential effectiveness. Commissioned report Insights from the spread of the primary care home This report was commissioned by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and explores the factors that contributed to the spread of the primary care home. Long read Primary care networks explained A key part of the NHS long-term plan, primary care networks (PCNs) will bring general practices together to work at scale. But what are they? How are they funded and held accountable? And what difference will they make? Beccy Baird explains the latest form of GP collaboration. Commissioned report Measuring general practice productivity With a rising workload, general practice in England is under significant pressure. This study developed and tested a measure of effectiveness in general practice known as the general practice effectiveness tool. Article Caution needed over ambitions for new primary care networks It is critical that primary care networks are not set up to fail by taking on too many tasks too quickly. 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? Article Let the mavericks lead primary care service design Rachael Addicott considers how forward thinking GPs can be more engaged in leading the radical service redesign that is required in primary care. Report Commissioning and funding general practice: Making the case for family care networks Our report argues for a new approach that brings together funding for general practice with funding for many other services. This would entail new forms of commissioning, with GPs innovating in how care is delivered. Article GP contracts should enable providing or buying all but the most specialist services The pressure of a growing and ageing population is made all the more pressing by the financial challenges that the entire health system faces and are keenly felt within general practice. Article We have a radical plan for primary care The King’s Fund proposes a radically new approach to commissioning and funding general practice to tackle the pressure of rising demands when resources are declining. 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.