Improved co-ordination is critical to improving care for older people


Alison Turner presents a new report from the NHS Confederation called ‘Growing old together: sharing new ways to support older people’, which has been produced by the independent Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People.

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Fundamental changes to commissioning needed to address current challenges


Alison Turner comments on a new report from the King’s Fund, which shares analysis on how health and care systems might develop joint approaches to planning.

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Move towards more coordinated services and the value of targeting populations, says the Health Foundation


This is a critique of a report from the Health Foundation looking at the coordinating services and targeting populations rather than acute health goals.

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Stratify, specialise, standardise, analyse: maximising quality and efficiency in elective care


Our resident Elf Economist Chris Sampson summarises a recent report from Monitor (England’s health services regulator), which looks at how NHS providers can improve productivity in elective care.

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Clinical commissioning for key health challenges in English cities


Caroline Storer summarises a recent NHSCC report, which defines how clinical commissioning groups in England’s core cities are responding to the Five Year Forward View.

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National Elf Service includes evidence to support commissioning decisions


We are delighted to announce that the Commissioning Elf has today become part of the National Elf Service website. Led by Caroline De Brún, this elf will help you keep up to date with new evidence to support commissioning decisions.

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Reducing the bureaucracy in general practice must be a national priority, says NHS Alliance


Sarah McDonald reviews a new NHS Alliance report, which provides a snapshot of GP and Practice Manager views on the day-to-day work demands that exist outside of general practice consultations.

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To deliver quality primary care, GPs should analyse their clinical case-mix, says Health Education England

Three heads and lots of cogs

This post looks at the Health Education England report, The future of primary care, which is about recruitment and training in primary care.

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