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Lesson 6: You need a plan that staff can follow

Blog post 16/10/2018Dr Rebecca Rosen

It's sometimes too easily forgotten that the staff in charge of turning ideas into reality need to be fully behind leaders' plans. If this is to happen, argues Rebecca Rosen, the people making the plans have to think carefully about the wide-ranging potential effects on those at the front line.

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Avoiding groundhog day: learning the lessons of NHS reforms

Blog post 16/10/2018Nigel Edwards

As we publish our new essay collection today looking at the history of NHS reforms, Nigel Edwards argues there have been too many plans happening too often.

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Lesson 5: Don’t overrate structural reorganisation

Blog post 16/10/2018Mark Dayan

Time and again, structural change has been favoured by politicians and leaders hoping to change English health systems for the better. Mark Dayan takes a look at recent high-profile reorganisations and argues that they often have a more limited effect than their architects might hope.

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Lesson 4: Make sure the funding follows the plan

Blog post 16/10/2018William Palmer | John Appleby

The success or otherwise of any NHS plan is highly contingent on the approaches to funding that are used to support it. William Palmer and John Appleby take a look across the recent history of NHS funding and argue that the outcomes have not always necessarily matched the original intentions.

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Lesson 3: Don’t treat the workforce as an afterthought

Blog post 16/10/2018William Palmer | Candace Imison

William Palmer and Candace Imison argue that the workforce has often been neglected or not prioritised in previous NHS policies and plans, and pick out three key lessons so to avoid such mistakes in future.

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Lesson 2: Listen to the public – and don’t pretend you will if you won’t

Blog post 16/10/2018Helen Buckingham

With the NHS so valued by the British people, Helen Buckingham looks at historical attempts by the health service to engage with the public, and argues how it can do better in future.

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Lesson 1: Avoid the temptations of the grand plan

Blog post 16/10/2018Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards argues the need for evidence over groupthink in NHS planning, while stressing the importance of local thinking and for sufficient time to make change happen.

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Child health report should 'set alarm bells ringing', says Nuffield Trust

Press release 15/10/2018

While there is work underway to improve child health outcomes in the UK, this report acts as a stark reminder of the road we are heading down.

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NHS on course for even tougher winter - Nuffield Trust on performance stats

Press release 11/10/2018

Performance against the headline A&E target is already at the levels that just three years ago we were seeing in January, in the depths of winter.

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CQC State of Care report worrying but sadly not surprising, says Helen Buckingham

Press release 11/10/2018

The new report lays bare the scale of the task to improve and enhance care at a time of worrying workforce shortages and unresolved funding issues.

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