1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. What do leaders want from NHS Improvement? The view from Westminster

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    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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  16. Between a rock and a hard place?

    25 Sep 2015
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    If the results of our latest Health Leaders’ Panel survey are anything to go by, senior managers are facing uncomfortable times at the moment.

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  17. Consequences for carers: reduced social care funding

    23 Sep 2015
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    The decline in government funding for people with social care needs continues. Recent warnings have worried about a failure in the social care provider market. But, in this blog, Holly Holder asks how are these same pressures are impacting on less visible and less vocal groups: those in need of support and their carers.

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  18. New models of care: opportunities to get it right for children

    (Guest blogger)
    21 Sep 2015
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    Time and again children are missed off the national health policy agenda. So, in this blog recapping a recent event held by the Nuffield Trust, Bob Klaber asks: how do we transform the paediatric workforce around the needs of children?

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  19. Is clearance for hospital mergers about to get easier?

    (Guest blogger)
    10 Sep 2015
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    With the Competition and Markets Authority provisionally clearing the way for the merger of the Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS FT and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS FT, navigating the merger process might become a lot quicker. Andrew Taylor, co-founder of Aldwych Partners and an advisor on this merger, explains why.

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  20. The Devolution Bill and the NHS: what will it mean?

    2 Sep 2015
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    The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill is moving quickly through parliament, but its implications for the NHS remain unclear. In a guest blog for the Nuffield Trust, our Senior Associate Sharon Lamb, Partner at Capsticks Solicitors LLP, examines some of the important issues and unanswered questions that need to be considered.

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