19th July. Patients as partners
More collaborative relationships among health and care professionals, patients, service users, carers and communities are essential for the future of the NHS, but what helps to build effective relationships?
A new guide explores practical ways to develop collaborative relationships among health and care professionals, patients, carers and community partners. This guide stems from an evolving body of the Fund's work focused on exploring and supporting shared leadership. This work is reinforced by a growing consensus that health services, agencies, patients and communities need to work together more – and differently.
In his latest blog Marcus Powell considers this new relationship and how patients can share in the decision-making that affects their care. View the guide here

11th July. Exploring the future of health and care
Today, The King’s Fund is launching a series of short essays that take a step back from the challenges currently facing the NHS to explore a range of hypothetical scenarios for the future of health and care.

What if antibiotics stopped working? What if every patient in the NHS had their genome mapped? What if people owned their own health data? Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing essays by experts from inside and outside the Fund that consider ‘what if’ questions like these about health and care in England.

The aim is to encourage new thinking and debate about possible future scenarios that could fundamentally change health and care. 

Read the essays here

What are health and wellbeing boards? Why are they relevant to the NHS? And will they deliver benefits for local populations? Our new article explains all.
Health and wellbeing boards were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system could work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population. They became fully operational on 1 April 2013 in all 152 local authorities with adult social care and public heath responsibilities.

In this article, from the Kings Fund, the focus is on the role that health and wellbeing boards could play in emerging policy developments such as integrated commissioning and place-based systems of care. Read the full article here

Better mental health for all: A public health approach to mental health improvement.
A report, from the Kings Fund, focuses on what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach. It is intended as a resource for public health practitioners to support the development of knowledge and skills in public mental health. It presents the latter from the perspective of those working within public health, giving valuable interdisciplinary perspectives that focus on achieving health gains across the population. Read the full report here
Taking a new line on drugs
In their new report 'Taking a new line on drugs’ the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) call for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy rather than one reliant on the criminal justice system. Read the report here