1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. The NHS: challenges old and new

    (Guest blogger)
    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. UK healthcare: getting the basics right

    4 Nov 2015
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    The word of the day for the UK at this morning’s OECD launch of Health at a Glance was ‘mediocre’.  Looking across hundreds of indicators of health system performance – from quality, to access to funding, the OECD’s bumper stats fest made for sobering reading. 

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  14. The NHS: no more levers left to pull?

    21 Oct 2015
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    This Friday marks the first year anniversary of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. But one year on and the outlook looks increasingly bleak: the policy ’levers’ beloved of generations of civil servants and politicians look increasingly ineffectual. The process of remodelling the NHS into a better integrated set of services will need local leaders to work out bespoke solutions and experiment with them.

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  15. Doing justice to patient involvement in research

    19 Oct 2015
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    Dr Miranda Davies examines the benefits of involving patients and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of research. 

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  16. Will over-promising mean the NHS under-delivers?

    16 Oct 2015
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    Rebecca Rosen blogs on the worrying disconnect between the reality of austerity funding for the NHS and the boom expectations of the public. 

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  17. Blanket financial incentives to reduce referrals could harm patients

    13 Oct 2015
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    Candace Imison blogs about the recent investigation from Pulse which found that GPs were being offered financial incentives by CCGs in order to reduce referral rates. 

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  18. What will be the real cost of poor NHS staff wellbeing?

    5 Oct 2015
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    If the NHS wants to become a ‘well-being service’, and not a ‘sickness service’, what better place to start than its own staff?

     
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  19. Learning from an intrepid pioneer: integrated care in North West London

    1 Oct 2015
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    Gerald Wistow and Judith Smith report on their evaluation of the North West London Whole Systems Integrated Care (WSIC) programme. 

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  20. What do leaders want from NHS Improvement? The view from Westminster

    (Guest blogger)
    30 Sep 2015
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    Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he would appoint a single management team to take responsibility for Monitor and the Trust Development Authority set the ball rolling. But it left all the difficult questions unanswered.

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