Publications Independent research and analysis on health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: Article All publications Reports (-) 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 General practice Adult social care Hospital care Long-term conditions Leadership, systems and organisations Integrated care Local service design Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards Workforce and skills Voluntary and community sector System leadership Quality improvement Patients, people and society Patient experience Technology and data Volunteers Patient safety Older people Housing Children and young people Carers Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation NHS finances Health and Social Care Act 2012 Social care finances Performance Productivity Year 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 (-) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Article The future town hall Local government’s relationship with the NHS will be 95 years old in 2043 – by then we will know whether the 2012 Health and Social Care Act really was a game-changing shift in the relationship between these two great public service silos. Article Governors are vital to a foundation trust's success Since 2003, when the previous Health and Social Care Act created the concept of foundation trust governors, their role has been frequently debated but seen by many as offering only a weak form of accountability. 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. Article How will health and wellbeing boards fare? The 65-year-old relationship between the NHS and local government bears testimony to numerous attempts to co-ordinate the work of these two enormous public service silos. Will the new health and wellbeing boards fare any better? Article Healthy living Health and wellbeing boards must recognise that housing providers need to be part of their decision-making processes, says Richard Humphries. Article Housing alongside health and care With this year’s party conferences concluded, none of the political parties have yet committed to a strategic vision for the issues facing the future of health and social care, says Richard Humphries. Article Encourage GPs to take ownership of their CCG Regardless of their shape or size, building and maintaining strong relationships with GPs is a key challenge for new clinical commissioning groups, write Holly Holder and Shilpa Ross Article How to relieve pressure on the NHS Angela Coulter writes about the house of care, a new model which places the patient at the heart of the delivery system and encourages personalised care planning. 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. Article Canterbury tale: making a success of integrated care In an article for the Health Service News Journal, Chris Ham explains how Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand has made integrated care work in practice. Article How local government's relationship with the NHS is changing Relationships between councils and clinical commissioning groups are getting better, but there are big challenges ahead, says Richard Humphries. Article Making integrated care a reality We spoke to Nicola Walsh about why The King's Fund is highlighting better integrated care as a top priority for health leaders. 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. Article Four nations means one huge wasted opportunity All four UK health services face the same problems. Yet none of them is learning from the others about the best approaches, says Nick Timmins. Article How charities can ease the stress on the NHS Local charities can relieve pressure on health services and provide cost effective joined up care in the community. But providers and commissioners are not always aware of what they can offer, says Lisa Weaks Article The NHS volunteer army There are three million volunteers in the health and social care sector, who play an indispensable role in sustaining the system. Article How to engage GPs in developing primary care Clinical commissioning groups offer GPs the chance to be more involved in transforming primary care. Article Can clinical commissioning groups transform the NHS? There is a pressing need for clinical expertise to be harnessed more effectively in the commissioning of health services, and CCGs potentially provide a way through which this can happen. Article Why the NHS is about to be hit by an even bigger crisis Jeremy Hunt's acrimonious exchanges with Andy Burnham this week were the start of something much bigger, says Chris Ham. 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.