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Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) -
This white paper discusses the relationship between quality improvement and lean and how either or both could best be utilised to improve care systems.
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UCL Institute of Health Inequity -
This series of evidence reports and briefings, commissioned by Public Health England, outline practical, local actions to tackle health inequalities through the social determinants of health. The are designed for local authorities particularly Directors of Public Health and their teams, and for health and wellbeing boards. They include evidence, practical points and case studies on approaches and actions that can be taken by local authorities on a range of issues to reduce health inequalities.
This suite of documents provide guidance to help healthcare providers make the best decisions for patients, explaining how Monitor applies competition rules.
The King's Fund -
The general election will come at a pivotal time for health and social care. An unprecedented funding squeeze has left the NHS on the brink of financial crisis, while reductions in local government funding have led to significant cuts in social care services. The next government must ensure that the focus on improving quality of care established in the wake of the Francis report is sustained. It will also need to set in train a transformation of services to meet the needs of patients more effectively. Looking further ahead, the big question is how to provide adequate funding to meet future demand for health and social care.
Laing & Buisson -
This white paper seeks to analyse the state of the UK market in care services for older people, to identify the market failures (and achievements) and to ask if there are any ways to correct the failures – especially the key issue which dogs providers of care services working for a publicly funded clientele, which is the mismatch between public sector commissioners’ need to contain costs in an extended period of austerity, and providers’ need to earn an adequate return in order to sustain existing services and develop the new ones.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) -
This report calls for a comprehensive approach to tackling poverty in the UK and highlights the actions which health and social care systems need to take in order to contribute to this. It recommends that programmes of support for individuals and families of those with complex and long-term conditions, such as mental health or problem substance use, in order to help them move towards independence and out of poverty.