A Year Of Integrated Care Systems: Reviewing The Journey So Far

The King’s Fund, September 2018

Integrated care systems represent a fundamental and far-reaching change in how the NHS works across different services and with external partners. This report is based on interviews with eight of the ‘first wave’ integrated care systems to understand how they are developing and to identify lessons for local systems and national policy-makers.

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The public and the NHS: What’s the deal?

The Kings Fund, June 2018

Report on three ‘deliberative workshops’ to explore how the public views its relationship with the NHS.

  • Finds that the relationship between the public and the NHS is strong, people are committed to its founding principles. There are several areas where the NHS could improve – not least around waste.
  • While there was a feeling that some people take the NHS for granted and demand too much, the workshops felt that their expectations of the NHS were largely being met and that those expectations were realistic.
  • Funding was seen as a problem and government is seen as responsible. Most people would be willing to pay more tax to maintain the NHS, and many people favoured a dedicated NHS tax.
  • There was recognition that some inappropriate use is made of the service placing additional pressure on the system. More could be done by the NHS to support responsible use of the service.
  • Individuals have a key role in keeping themselves healthy but mixed views about the role of the NHS – and wider government – in addressing this were evident.
  • There was mistrust of a ‘nanny state’, people often supported specific government interventions such as the smoking ban.
  • Demonstrates broad agreement for the concept of a contract or deal in clarifying the balance between an individual’s responsibility for their health and the government’s and the NHS’s responsibility.

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Digital change in health and social care

The King’s Fund, June 2018

Report from the King’s Fund on the use of digital technology in health and social care can improve quality, efficiency and patient experience as well as supporting more integrated care and improving the health of a population. This report shares practical learning from a series of case studies where large-scale digital change is happening.

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Online support: investigating the role of public online forums in mental health

The King’s Fund, April 2017

This report was written by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos in partnership with The King’s Fund. It looks at the large amounts of mental health related discussion taking place on public online forums, and explores whether computational techniques can provide robust, actionable insight from these conversations. It describes the collection and analysis of one million publicly available forum posts and addresses the technical and ethical challenges posed by the collection and analysis of online forum data.

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Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2016: results and trends from the British Social Attitudes survey

The King’s Fund, March 2017

The British public’s satisfaction with the NHS remained steady in 2016, according to the data contained in this report. The findings from the British Social Attitudes survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research between July and October 2016, show 63 per cent of people were satisfied with the NHS. The change in satisfaction since 2015 (when it was 60 per cent) is not statistically significant. Satisfaction remains high by historic standards, but is seven percentage points below its peak of 70 per cent in 2010.

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Delivering sustainability and transformation plans: from ambitious proposals to credible plans

The King’s Fund, February 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed in 44 footprints across England, with the aim of transforming care in line with the NHS five year forward view. But can the proposals in STPs be delivered? Our new report looks in detail at the content of the 44 STPs and the opportunities and challenges for implementation. The report is accompanied by a short briefing that discusses the seven key opportunities and challenges facing the STPs.

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