A list of third-party links like the one below isn't the solution, but it is a way of ordering and keeping track of things. I'll try and mainly link to places that aren't hidden behind a paywall, but in the case of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) the issue is that the site itself is essential reading for anyone in the business.
And why put it on the blog? Hopefully it will be useful to others as well, but at least I'll know where to find it!
15 October - the Care Quality Commission launched its annual State Of Care Report
"More than 80 per cent of GP practices and six out of ten of adult social care services inspected by us so far have been rated as good or outstanding. Of the hospitals rated, 38 per cent were also found to be good or outstanding.
However, alongside these encouraging findings, there remains significant variation in quality and an unacceptable level of poor care. Up to 31 May 2015, 7 per cent of acute, primary medical and adult social care services had been rated as inadequate."
PS - the Walton Centre (specialist centre for brain and spinal conditions on Merseyside) got an outstanding rating from CQC.
"The CQC’s State of Care report exposes the effects of chronic underfunding of social care services. Today we see people left to fund their own care, providers unable to deliver services, and a knock-on effect on overstretched NHS services as people repeatedly need help due to inadequate care arrangements."
National Voices' representation to the Treasury ahead of the Autumn Statement is also a very useful 'state of health and social care address' from the charity sector and well worth a look.
And while the NV love-in continues, here's their briefing on the current Health front-bench and their shadows.
Sustainability & Transformation Plans - Birmingham first local area to publish its full STP submission (despite being told not to).
Birmingham City Council's Director for People has already expressed concern that there is too much focus on NHS finances in the STP proposal rather than a system-wide solution for health and social care (article here behind the HSJ paywall)
Here's an orientation briefing from Healthwatch Birmingham (plus the official NHS guidance on engaging communities in STP's)
King's Fund report on social care for older people
"The picture that emerges is of social care providers under pressure, struggling to retain staff, maintain quality and stay in business; local authorities making unenviable choices about where to make reductions; a complex set of causes of delays in discharging older people from hospital; and the voluntary sector keeping services going even when funding was curtailed."
And finally ... Uptown Trust Ranking
New oversight ratings for every NHS Trust (in England) from NHS Improvement - you'll need a Health Service Journal subscription to have a look at this.