1. Children’s health and the importance of the ordinary

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    8 Feb 2016
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    As part of the launch of our new report on children's health services, Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Children and Young People’s Health Partnership, outlines why we must ensure that children and young people do not miss out on the opportunities posed by new models of care.

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  2. New models in children's health: inspiring positive change

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    8 Feb 2016
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    Samantha Jones, NHS England, outlines why our new report report provide encouraging opportunities to learn from emerging models across all specialties.

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  3. Commission Impossible? Why a royal review might struggle to solve the NHS funding crisis

    28 Jan 2016
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    Later today, Members of Parliament will debate a backbench motion calling for a cross-party Royal Commission into long-term funding for health and social care. Mark Dayan examines where a royal commission really is the answer for our struggling NHS. 

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  4. 'Transformation fund' or deficit mop-up? Time for an honest conversation

    20 Jan 2016
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    Sally Gainsbury calls for honesty and transparency from politicians, as new analysis reveals that the majority of the NHS 'Transformation and Sustainability Fund' announced last week will go toward plugging hospital deficits.

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  5. Can more be done with limited care homes data?

    15 Jan 2016
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    Chris Sherlaw-Johnson examines how data from care homes can be used more effectively to create better outcomes for patients across the country. 

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  6. The sobering burden of alcohol on the NHS

    (Guest blogger)
    22 Dec 2015
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    Claire Currie unpicks the data from our new report on alcohol related hospital activity, and considers what can be done to reduce the burden on the NHS. 

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  7. Is it time for the NHS to have a ‘psychologist in residence’?

    21 Dec 2015
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    Dr Rebecca Rosen examines the motivators and barriers to change in general practice, and wonders whether an NHS 'psychologist in residence' might help make policy makers more aware of the psychological factors that shape workforce behaviour. 

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  8. Cambridgeshire, contracting and the importance of information

    (Guest blogger)
    21 Dec 2015
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    The contract for Integrated Older People’s Pathway and Adult Community Services in Cambridgeshire collapsed last week. Andrew Taylor explores why the contracting of services will always be a tricky issue. 

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  9. Seven-day NHS: a frontline perspective

    (Guest blogger)
    14 Dec 2015
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    Saira Ghafur outlines some of the challenges around seven-day working from the perspective of someone with lived experience of working on call in a hospital. 

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  10. Lessons from last year's A&E winter crisis

    10 Dec 2015
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    As winter fast approaches, Sasha Karakusevic and Mark Dayan take a closer look at where the £700 million was spent sorting out last year's winter pressures in the A&E. Although much of that money was put into additional hospital beds and staff, they argue for a more strategic approach this year, given that just 3.6% of patients account for 37% of time in NHS beds.

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  11. The NHS must tackle indemnity costs to unlock innovation

    9 Dec 2015
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    Innovative primary care services need reliable indemnity cover, but new services carry unpredictable risks which can create headaches for the indemnity organisations. Is it possible to think differently about these arrangements in the future?

     
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  12. 1940 - 2015: Our contributions to health care history

    7 Dec 2015
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    To mark our 75th anniversary, we look back at some of the highlights from the Nuffield Trust’s contribution to the NHS over the last three-quarters of a century. 

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  13. The NHS: challenges old and new

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    7 Dec 2015
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    As part of our 75th anniversary, we asked renowned NHS historian Geoffrey Rivett to look back at some of the perennial challenges that have dogged the NHS from its inception.

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  14. Will the Spending Review exacerbate health inequalities?

    2 Dec 2015
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    Tazeem Bhatia examines how universal credit changes and cuts to public spending announced in the Spending Review are likely to have a detrimental impact on health inequalities.

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  15. Social care: still unresolved

    27 Nov 2015
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    Mark Dayan argues that, even with new council-tax-funded money promised in the Spending Review, we should all still be deeply concerned for the future of adult social care. 

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  16. What the Spending Review really means for the NHS

    27 Nov 2015
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    Sally Gainsbury examines the numbers behind the Spending Review and what they really mean for the NHS.

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  17. Can the Devolution Bill revolutionise population health?

    20 Nov 2015
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    As the Devolution Bill gains traction in parliament, Alisha Davies examines whether it presents a 'golden opportunity' for population health, or just a big distraction.  

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  18. The junior doctors' contract dispute: lessons from history

    16 Nov 2015
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    NHS historian Geoffrey Rivett looks back at the various clashes between the medical profession and government since the inception of the NHS. In a follow-up analysis, our Chief Executive Nigel Edwards examines the political damage that is often done when Ministers go head to head with the medical profession. 

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  19. Be prepared for a less 'national' health service

    13 Nov 2015
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    The Devolution Bill lays the foundations for a reconstruction of the English state – and the NHS is far from exempt. 

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  20. Hanging on to hospital fines could hit patients hardest

    10 Nov 2015
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    In this blog, Sally Gainsbury, looks more closely at a proposed money-saving scheme by the Department of Health in the run-up to the spending review: having commissioners hold onto penalty fines for hospitals that fail to meet key targets.

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