1. Peer support for stroke: what have we learned?

    (Guest blogger)
    28 Sep 2016
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    The Stroke Association's Liz Roberts examines what has been learned from the Nuffield Trust's evaluation of their voluntary groups, and what it might for the future of community peer support in stroke care. 

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  2. The 'Life After Stroke' group was my lifeline

    (Guest blogger)
    23 Sep 2016
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    Next week we publish an evaluation of Stroke Association Voluntary Groups (SAVGs) and their impact for stroke survivors and their carers. Here, Doreen tells her story about how a Group in Merseyside helped her rebuild following a stroke. 

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  3. Is the NHS financially sustainable?

    22 Sep 2016
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    John Appleby examines recent data from the Office for Budget Responsibility, which provides valuable insight into how health spending will evolve in the future. 

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  4. How can commissioners respond to the NHS financial crunch?

    (Guest blogger)
    20 Sep 2016
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    Our recent briefing, Feeling the crunch, showed how the financial pinch currently felt by NHS providers would soon fall on commissioning bodies. John Wilderspin offers a commissioner's perspective on the numbers.  

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  5. We might need a magic carpet to cross this financial bridge

    (Guest blogger)
    19 Sep 2016
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    Siva Anandaciva, Head of Analysis at NHS Providers, responds to recent analysis from Sally Gainsbury unpicking the state of NHS finances. 

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  6. Where is the public pressure for social care reform?

    15 Sep 2016
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    Our new report with The King's Fund finds older people are paying the price for cuts to social care. Yet, Ruth Thorlby writes, the public outrage and demand for change that could mobilise political action has so far been non-existent.

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  7. Ann's story: “I thought I was entitled to care”

    (Guest blogger)
    14 Sep 2016
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    Our recent report with The King's Fund examines the impact of local authority cuts on the social care sector. Here, Holly Holder examines the human cost of these cuts, drawing on the story of Ann, who we interviewed for a companion report commissioned by The Richmond Group of Charities. 

     

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  8. Trust in transformational change

    12 Sep 2016
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    Following NHS England's Health and Care Innovation Expo, Candace Imison reflects on the value of building trust across the NHS workforce and other sectors. Without trust between teams, she argues, most multidisciplinary models and other transformation projects won't get off the ground. 

     

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  9. Is reducing childhood obesity still a slim prospect?

    9 Sep 2016
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    The Government's Childhood Obesity Strategy, published last month, was widely criticised for not going far enough to address what is considered by many to be a major public health crisis. Nora Cooke O'Dowd examines the measures outlined in the proposal, and offers her verdict. 

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  10. Accountable Care Organisations: The winners and losers

    (Guest blogger)
    7 Sep 2016
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    Dr Ashish Jha of Harvard Global Health offers a quick take on new evidence about wheteher Accountable Care Organisations in the United States can lower costs and improve quality. 

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  11. A look at the facts: can large-scale general practice deliver?

    5 Sep 2016
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    NHS England is signalling more than ever that large-scale general practice organisations should form a core part of new care models emerging in the health service. Following a review of the literature, Luisa Pettigrew and Nicholas Mays examine the evidence that these organisations can actually deliver. 

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  12. So much to do, so little time: turning STPs into action

    25 Aug 2016
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    In the second of a two-part blog, Nigel Edwards explores some of the pitfalls that Sustainability and Transformation Plan leads are going to face when implementing plans in their areas. 

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  13. How are Sustainability and Transformation Plans coming together?

    19 Aug 2016
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    The 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in development across the country, but the process has been a bit of a mystery to the public. Ahead of the upcoming deadline for the plans in September, we held a workshop with 14 STPs to see how they are shaping up. Nigel Edwards reports back.

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  14. The digital revolution in asthma care

    (Guest blogger)
    17 Aug 2016
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    Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, outlines why technological transformation is needed in asthma care, and how it is already well underway. 

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  15. Pathology: collaborate where possible, centralise where necessary

    (Guest blogger)
    10 Aug 2016
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    "Collaborate where possible, centralise where necessary": Professor Tim Helliwell of the Royal College of Pathologists responds to our recent briefing on the future of pathology services. 

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  16. Large-scale can help general practice weather the storm

    26 Jul 2016
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    Rebecca Rosen outlines why mixed quality results from our recent research into large-scale general practice should not deter organisations from collaborating - since scale offers other vital benefits.  

     

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  17. My journey from single-handed practice to super-partnership

    (Guest blogger)
    21 Jul 2016
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    Dr Vidhu Mayor reflects on the lessons he has learnt during his journey to joining Modality - a super-partnership of general practices in Birmingham. 

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  18. Scaling up general practice: Lessons 10 years on

    (Guest blogger)
    19 Jul 2016
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    Following the publication of our report Is bigger better? Lessons from large-scale general practice, Phil Yates of GP Care, one of the case study sites examined in the research, reflects on what he’d do differently if he was setting up the collaboration again. 

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  19. Scaling up: lessons on GP collaboration

    15 Jul 2016
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    In a blog preceding the launch of our new research on large-scale general practice, Stephanie Kumpunen unpacks seven lessons for GP organisations who are looking to scale up, based on our recent conference.

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  20. Tapping the untapped potential of the NHS workforce

    14 Jul 2016
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    Candace Imison offers her reflections from a recent OECD workshop on making better use of the health workforce. 

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