Is COVID-19 the turning point for commissioning?
The coronavirus crisis has tested care to the limit, but it could serve as a turning point for commissioning, writes Ewan King.
A plan for social care is finally coming. What should be in it?
Having a clear view about the outcomes sought is key to drawing up a new plan for social care - and it should be developed with the sector and with people with lived experience, say Paul Burstow and Ewan King.
Hitting the accelerator on integration
A new report launched today at the Healthcare Innovation Expo outlines 15 practical actions for accelerating integrated care. Ewan King and Fiona Russell explain how the resource aims to help practitioners make better use of available evidence.
Changing the system for cancer care
Ewan King outlines how the Macmillan Local Authority Partnership Programme (MLAPP) is assessing the needs of people with cancer in a holistic way, with councils playing a crucial role as convenors
Adopting strengths-based approaches
To deliver improved children’s social care, we need to focus on people’s strengths, and not just their difficulties, says Ewan King
There is no room for heroes in today's health and care landscape
Ewan King explains why systems leadership is more important than ever in the age of integrated care systems.
New principles of care
The prospect of personal health budgets for social care, highlighted by Jeremy Hunt as part of his seven key principles for social care reform, is an exciting one, says Ewan King.
Multi-disciplinary teams are at the heart of effective integrated care
Ewan King explains the importance of multi-disciplinary teams to effective integration, arguing that without them, organisations are unlikely to deliver better care outcomes.
Even in difficult times, we need to encourage innovation in social care
Despite the current financial pressures, Ewan King argues innovation is needed now more than ever.
An intermediate solution
With demands increasing on hospitals and care services, good intermediate care has never been more important, writes Ewan King.
Brokering constructive conversations
Co-production and engaging with residents can help implement new models of care, at a time when the issues are at their most ‘wicked’, writes Ewan King.
How do we support the next generation of community leaders?
At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.
We need to involve people in difficult decisions about services
Involving residents in developing, delivering and evaluating controversial proposals, such as hospital closures, from the outset can only enhance plans, argues Ewan King.
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.
local authorities must draw on the power of community assets
Ewan King says it is time to push forward with an asset-based approach to social care that builds on the skills and strengths of local people.
Addressing the blight of loneliness
Social isolation is a growing problem, but local government can lead the way in tackling it, says Ewan King.
Keeping our hospitals going
Pioneering health and social care services are helping to tackle the impact of winter. Ewan King explains.
Time to find some model citizens
To face up to the social care ‘graph of doom’ we need to encourage community led social care. Ewan King and Dr Henry Kippin explain.