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 Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Health inequalities Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement (-) Patient safety Public opinion Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Devolution Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2001 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Evidence and consultation Briefing: The Care Bill: Second reading in the House of Commons While we welcome the Care Bill as an important stepping stone to wider reform of care and support, it will not deliver the change needed to meet future health and care needs. Report Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation: Making it safe and sound Our report looks at the occurrence of polypharmacy - the concurrent use of multiple medications by one individual - in primary and secondary care and in care homes, and offers recommendations for improving the current system. Article Compassionate care means rooting out staff stress Following the government’s response to the Francis report, Michael West looks at why fostering compassion should be about relieving stresses on staff, not threatening criminal sanctions. Article Balancing budgets or protecting patient safety In this article for the British Medical Journal, Chris Ham considers the choices facing providers who are struggling to balance budgets and protect patient safety and quality of care. 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. Report The quest for integrated health and social care: A case study in Canterbury, New Zealand This paper tells the story of the journey made by the District Health Board for Canterbury, New Zealand, towards its goal of providing integrated care for all. It looks at the drivers for change and the leadership values shown by key players. Commissioned report Oxleas Advanced Dementia Service: Supporting carers and building resilience This case study looks at how Oxleas Advanced Dementia Service provides care co-ordination, and specialist palliative care and support to patients with advanced dementia living at home. 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 Integrated care in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Lessons for England What can the health and social care system in England learn from the experiences of the other countries of the United Kingdom? Article An opportunity for local government to influence future health policy Richard Humphries writes about a deepening structural fault line between the NHS and social care providers. Report Paying for social care: Beyond Dilnot Paying for social care: Beyond Dilnot discusses the history of social care reform and considers the present and future funding pressures on the system. The paper calls for health and social care services to be considered as a single system with a new framework being put in place for planning and cost-sharing. Evidence and consultation The Care Bill: Second reading in the House of Lords: Briefing The King's Fund welcome the Care Bill as a significant stepping stone to wider reform of care and support and the new duties on local authorities to promote wellbeing. 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. Article Edicts from Whitehall are not enough The Francis Inquiry report highlights shocking failures in patient care at Stafford Hospital. The central question now is whether Robert Francis’s diagnosis of the causes of these failures and his recommendations will prevent anything like this happening again. Article How to make sure the Mid Staffs horror never happens again The Francis Inquiry report presents Jeremy Hunt with the biggest challenge he has faced in the six months he has been in office. 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.