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 Cancer services Community services End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Mental health Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations Equality and diversity Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Health inequalities Older people 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 2003 2004 (-) 2005 (-) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Report The NHS in England: The operating framework for 2006/7 This briefing describes the main points contained in the 2006/7 Operating Framework and provides some commentary about what the document implies for the competing strands of NHS reform. Report Assessing the New NHS Consultant Contract: A something for something deal? Drawing on evidence from five acute NHS trusts, this paper assesses the impact of the new consultant contract in England and asks whether reforms will translate into benefits for patients. Report Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view How much should be spent on social care for older people over the next 20 years, and what funding arrangements are needed? Our report sets out the findings of the Wanless Social Care Review. Article Let's face the future Niall Dickson argues that there is now a glimmer of hope that care really can be transformed. But the details of the Wanless report and other recent studies show just how big and deep-rooted the current problems are. Report Where's the money going? John Appleby analyses new data to reveal how much extra NHS funding is absorbed by higher pay and other cost pressures, and how much is left over for other developments. Evidence and consultation White Paper on care outside hospitals: Consultation response This paper responds to the government's White Paper that aims to redesign community health and social care services. Report Trends in the London Care Market 1994-2024 We look at London's care market, examining trends in its population profile and in the resources and services available for older people in our paper. Report Incentives for Reform in the NHS: An assessment of current incentives in the south-east London health economy This paper examines whether incentives are helping or hindering progress. Its findings are based on interviews with health sector representatives in south-east London. Report The War on Waiting for Hospital Treatment: What has Labour achieved and what challenges remain? This report assesses the policy initiatives the government has taken to address waiting list numbers and waiting times, and explores what should be done next. Report The Business of Caring: The King's Fund inquiry into care services for older people in London Our briefing exposes major shortcomings in the current care system for older people in London and recommends ways to address them. Report Understanding Public Services and Care Markets Does a mixed economy work in providing care to Londoners? This paper from The King's Fund recommends how policy and practice should develop in this area. Article Using statistics to detect poor practice John Appleby explores the extent to which poor performance by individual clinicians could be reflected in data available from routine NHS statistics. Commissioned report An Independent Audit of the NHS under Labour (1997-2005) The Labour Party came to power in 1997 promising to 'save' the NHS, but has it achieved its health service priorities? This audit seeks to answer that question. Article Get the measure of delivery How clear is the link between low winter temperatures and high death rates? John Appleby argues that the NHS needs to measure health outcomes as well as health care outputs. Commissioned report Measuring NHS Success: Can patients' views on health outcomes help to manage performance? The NHS regularly measures and monitors aspects of its performance. If it started routinely measuring patients' health-related quality-of-life outcomes too, what would be the benefits? Commissioned report Sustaining Reductions in Waiting Times: Identifying successful strategies Brings together the conclusions of The King's Fund work for the Department of Health to identify strategies for achieving and sustaining reductions in NHS waiting times. 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.