The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
The benefits of place-based care and support
A fast-changing provider landscape is emerging in health and social care. Ewan King outlines what a place-based system should include and some of the challenges ahead.
Health and care integration must start with Whitehall departments
Tracie Evans argues integrated health and social care outcomes may be difficult to reach unless policy and funding is integrated at the government end.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
Tri-borough: the sharing model can still succeed
Liz Bruce reflects on her time as a senior manager for the now collapsed tri-borough, but maintains sharing services is still the future for adult social care.
‘Give us powers to over-rule commercial confidentiality’
Councils are demanding powers to over-rule ‘commercial confidentiality’ when scrutinising how private sector providers deliver local services.
Health devo put on hold but not dropped
Plans for further health devolution in London have been put back again, but not been dropped, according to sources close to the deal.
Councils can’t be junior partners in STPs
Helen McKenna explains the vital role local government must play in health and care transformation plans.
Relationships between councils and the NHS are becoming ever closer but could joint working lead to difficult conflicts of interest for local authorities? Mike Waites reports.
In the same boat?
Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible
Let’s get our voices heard
iMPOWER’s Jeremy Cooper says ‘solving’ the problem of delayed transfers is not as simple as merely throwing £1bn at it.
White Van Man on . . . the NHS
So finally the geezer who runs the health service has come clean and told us what we already know which is that you can forget being treated in A&E within four hours or whatever and you can’t get a hip replacement until your real one has dropped off.
Stark choices – higher taxes or fewer services?
It is time for an honest debate about what we want from our public services, says Heather Jameson.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
'Divide and rule' approach threatens health and care relationships
The Government’s ‘divide and rule’ tactics could create a rift in what has been a blossoming relationship between NHS and local government, a senior health sector figure has warned.
PAC chair: Brexit to lead to rushed and bad decisions
The chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee has predicted Brexit will lead to ‘rushed and bad decisions’ by Whitehall.
A helping hand to our public sector friends
Cllr Simon Blackburn explains why Blackpool Council decided to loan £9.2m to its local NHS trust.
Small steps to fairer opportunities
Devolution of the work and health programme to London is helping the capital’s boroughs on their journey towards achieving inclusive growth. Peter John explains.
Social care demand strategies criticised
Poor support and rapid hospital discharge processes for adult social care could be costing councils more in the long-term, according to a new report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC).
The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.