Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: Article All publications Reports Long reads (-) 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 Public health Mental health General practice (-) Adult social care Community services Emergency care End-of-life care Hospital care Long-term conditions New models of care Cancer services Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Accountable care Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Clinical commissioning groups Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership (-) Sustainability and transformation plans Quality improvement Patient leadership Patients, people and society Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Patient involvement Older people Housing Health inequalities Children and young people Carers Public opinion Population health Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 Social care finances Performance Productivity NHS five year forward view Devolution Brexit Access to care General election 2017 NHS long-term plan Year 2006 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Article It’s time for a new deal between the public and the NHS The 70th anniversary of the NHS is an opportunity to reflect on its enduring popularity and to ask what people can expect from the service and what their obligations are in return, says Chris Ham. Article State of health and care in England Services are at full stretch and struggling to maintain standards, says Chris Ham. Article Yet more performance ratings for the NHS: new STP ratings are narrowly focused and centrally driven In July NHS England published its first 'progress dashboard' for the 44 new sustainability and transformation partnerships, but these new ratings are narrowly focused and centrally driven, say Hugh Alderwick and Veena Raleigh. 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 Social care: manifesto debacle shows need for wider debate All political parties agree that social care funding needs reform, but none of the proposed solutions deal fully with the problem, says Richard Humphries. Article Theresa May is right to drop the 'dementia tax' the social care system needs considered reform Get diagnosed with cancer or stroke and you will be looked after by the NHS, but suffer from dementia and you are on your own, says Chris Ham. Article We have to address the faultline between social care and the NHS One is heavily rationed and means-tested, the other free at the point of use and tax-funded. And when assets are involved, the issue becomes politically toxic, says Richard Humphries. Article Concerns about social care costs: letter to the Editor In a letter to the Editor of The Times, Richard Humphries argues that the Conservative manifesto's response to rising social care costs is inadequate. Article What are STPs and why do they matter? big election questions Ahead of the general election, we consider what sustainability and transformation plans are and why they matter. Article Did the government meet its pledge to cap the cost of social care? Ahead of the general election, we explore whether the government met its pledge to cap social care costs. Article Talking leadership: Marcus Powell on our seventh annual leadership and management summit Fifteen months on from joining The King’s Fund, Marcus Powell, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development, reflects on the challenges facing leaders across health and care. Article Sustainability and transformation plans for the NHS in England: what do they say and what happens next? Plans for the future of health and care services in England hold promise but need time, investment, and a dose of realism, say Hugh Alderwick and Chris Ham. Article Spring budget: cash for social care and a green paper on future funding The government has bought some time to find a sustainable solution for social care, say Chris Ham and Richard Humphries. Article The link between pensions and social care: Letter to the Editor Letter from Kate Barker to the Editor of The Times regarding the link between pensions and social care. Article UK government’s Autumn Statement: no relief for NHS and social care in England: Staff have become shock absorbers in a system lacking resources to meet rising demands If silence speaks volumes then this year's Autumn Statement sent a deafening message to the NHS and its partners in social care, says Chris Ham. Article Watching Wallonia: or what STPs can learn about team working A recently endangered trade deal between the EU and Canada offers some pertinent thoughts on balancing the interests of the new partnerships, writes Chris Ham. Article NHS in England embraces collaboration in tackling biggest crisis in its history In this article for the British Medical Journal, Chris Ham and Hugh Alderwick consider the development of sustainability and transformation plans in the NHS. Article How will services access the new Sustainability and Transformation Fund? The Sustainability and Transformation Fund bears closer scrutiny and comes with a sting in the tail, says Richard Murray. 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. Article The NHS needs a Transformation Fund Now, more than ever, we need a new, comprehensive approach to supporting and implementing change, say Richard Murray and Anita Charlesworth. 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? 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