1. What does the future hold for clinical directors in the NHS?

    (Guest blogger)
    1 Dec 2016
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    In this comment piece, Dr Alison Powell and Professor Huw Davies focus on one aspect of their recent research on the doctor-manager relationship: the future of the clinical director.

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  2. What do we know about STPs so far?

    25 Nov 2016
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    Many sustainability and transformation plans have now been published, setting out how local areas intend to close the financial gap while transforming services for their population. Here, Nigel Edwards assesses what we already know about the plans. 

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  3. ISO what? Keeping research data safe

    24 Nov 2016
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    Access to patient data is integral to the Nuffield Trust's research. But with data sharing a highly contentious issue in recent years, it's important that stringent measures are taken to protect the privacy of the public. Here Dr Miranda Davies outlines what data security means for both patients and researchers. 

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  4. Can we solve the nursing workforce crisis?

    21 Nov 2016
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    The crisis in recruitment, retention and morale for NHS nurses poses a grave challenge for the health service. Candace Imison outlines some of the solutions that emerged following our recent Daring to ask debate with the NHS Confederation. 

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  5. How 'thinking like a patient' helped us get our patients online

    (Guest blogger)
    18 Nov 2016
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    Dr Aumran Tahir, Founder of GP Collaboration AT Medics, reflects on the culture change they embarked on in order to get their patients using online bookings and other services. 

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  6. Why the NHS must tackle digital exclusion

    (Guest blogger)
    17 Nov 2016
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    Adam Micklethwaite of Tinder Foundation argues that, unless digital exclusion is addressed, many people across the country will be unable to benefit from the digital transformation of health and other public services. 

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  7. Is patient technology just what the doctor ordered?

    16 Nov 2016
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    Will patient-facing technology be the salvation of the health service, or is it just a distraction? Sophie Castle-Clarke weighs up the evidence from her new report. 

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  8. Making the most of clinical data

    15 Nov 2016
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    Following our data conference, Jenny Neuburger unpacks some of the opportunities and pitfalls of using routine clinical data to monitor quailty of care. 

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  9. The morale maze

    27 Oct 2016
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    Following discussions at this year’s political party conferences, Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Nigel Edwards and Royal College of Surgeons Chief Clare Marx discuss how we might improve workforce morale in the NHS. 

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  10. Making patient flow everybody’s business

    (Guest blogger)
    26 Oct 2016
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    Rob Sainsbury of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust explains how the trust went from struggling with A&E performance and flow issues to being a top national performer in just one year.

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  11. Not so fast: how to slow activity growth

    21 Oct 2016
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    This month, NHS providers received instructions from NHS England to slow 'activity growth' – the number of patients with complex needs, requiring more advanced care – by one percentage point. But with money for transformation largely being used to bail out struggling hospitals, are the two tasks compatible? 

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  12. Behind the numbers: NHS finances

    18 Oct 2016
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    Sally Gainsbury examines some of the most commonly cited figures about NHS finances, and explains what they really mean. 

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  13. ‘Like a right arm to me’: the value of volunteers in supporting older people

    17 Oct 2016
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    Ruth Thorlby outlines findings of our recent report evaluating a seven 'social action' projects.

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  14. No hospital is an island: new models of acute collaboration in the NHS

    6 Oct 2016
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    Jacob West (national lead of the NHS England New Care Models Programme) and Nigel Edwards examine some of the new models of hospital collaboration emerging in the NHS. 

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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