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Evidence and consultation Health Select Committee's inquiry into public expenditure on health and social care: Evidence submission This submission considers the financial pressures the NHS is currently under and will continue to face in the coming years. Report How is the health and social care system performing? September 2013: Quarterly monitoring report The NHS will struggle to meet its target of delivering £20 billion in productivity improvements by 2015 according to our latest quarterly monitoring report. 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. Report Exploring the system-wide costs of falls in older people in Torbay Using Torbay’s unique patient-level linked data set, we explore the NHS and social care costs of the care pathway for older people in the 12 months before and after being admitted to hospital as a result of a fall. 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 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. 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? Report NHS buildings: obstacle or opportunity? The first in a series of four papers that aim to crystallise ideas for change in the future of health and social care. This paper re-thinks the way that the NHS could use its estate to catalyse change. Report Leading health care in London: Time for a radical response Our report on health care in London asks where responsibility for leading improvements will rest in future and argues that the new NHS structures are unlikely to provide the leadership needed to meet the challenges ahead. 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 The four UK health systems: Learning from each other This paper aims to probe what it sees as a woefully under-explored area: the differences between the United Kingdom's four separate health systems. Report How is the health and social care system performing? June 2013: Quarterly monitoring report Our latest quarterly monitoring report confirms that the government's target has been missed as A&E waiting times hit a nine-year high. Report How should we pay for health care in future? Results of deliberative events with the public In collaboration with Ipsos MORI, we held two deliberative events with members of the general public (one in London and one in Leeds) to find out what they thought about future spending on health and social care, and how that spending might be funded. Article Resource allocation: a forgotten element of health policy In austere times, the importance of resource allocation in the NHS should be clear for everyone − not just policy nerds − says David Buck Report Improving the allocation of health resources in England How to decide who gets what While the principles behind resource allocation in the English NHS have changed little since the mid-1970s, the NHS has changed considerably. This paper argues that the resource allocation system needs to change accordingly. Report How is the health and social care system performing? February 2013: Quarterly monitoring report This quarter's monitoring report finds that, while most NHS organisations are on track to meet financial targets, it is clear that pressures are growing towards the end of the second year of the so-called Nicholson Challenge. Report Spending on health and social care over the next 50 years: Why think long term? This report considers the drivers of spending on health and long-term care, and asks whether spending must or should consume such large proportions of GDP in the future, and the fiscal feasibility of this. Article The NHS in England in 2013 Funding and service pressures are likely to have an impact on the quality of care in 2013, says Chris Ham. Report Mental health and the productivity challenge: Improving quality and value for money The King's Fund worked with Centre for Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network to explore how mental health services could be delivered in a different and more cost-effective way. 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.