1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. ‘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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Ann's story: “I thought I was entitled to care”

    (Guest blogger)
    14 Sep 2016
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    Our recent report with The King's Fund examines the impact of local authority cuts on the social care sector. Here, Holly Holder examines the human cost of these cuts, drawing on the story of Ann, who we interviewed for a companion report commissioned by The Richmond Group of Charities. 

     

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  16. Trust in transformational change

    12 Sep 2016
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    Following NHS England's Health and Care Innovation Expo, Candace Imison reflects on the value of building trust across the NHS workforce and other sectors. Without trust between teams, she argues, most multidisciplinary models and other transformation projects won't get off the ground. 

     

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  17. Is reducing childhood obesity still a slim prospect?

    9 Sep 2016
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    The Government's Childhood Obesity Strategy, published last month, was widely criticised for not going far enough to address what is considered by many to be a major public health crisis. Nora Cooke O'Dowd examines the measures outlined in the proposal, and offers her verdict. 

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  18. Accountable Care Organisations: The winners and losers

    (Guest blogger)
    7 Sep 2016
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    Dr Ashish Jha of Harvard Global Health offers a quick take on new evidence about wheteher Accountable Care Organisations in the United States can lower costs and improve quality. 

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  19. A look at the facts: can large-scale general practice deliver?

    5 Sep 2016
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    NHS England is signalling more than ever that large-scale general practice organisations should form a core part of new care models emerging in the health service. Following a review of the literature, Luisa Pettigrew and Nicholas Mays examine the evidence that these organisations can actually deliver. 

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  20. So much to do, so little time: turning STPs into action

    25 Aug 2016
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    In the second of a two-part blog, Nigel Edwards explores some of the pitfalls that Sustainability and Transformation Plan leads are going to face when implementing plans in their areas. 

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