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How is the health and social care system performing? Quarterly monitoring report

The King’s Fund published its first Quarterly Monitoring Report in April 2011 as part of its work to track, analyse and comment on the changes and challenges the health and care system is facing. This is the eighth report and aims to take stock of what has happened over the past year and assess the state of the health and care system halfway through the £20 billion Nicholson Challenge. It provides an update on how the NHS is coping as it continues to grapple with this productivity challenge while implementing the government’s NHS reforms.

The Quarterly Monitoring Report combines publicly available data on selected NHS performance measures with views from a panel of NHS finance directors. To obtain a local authority perspective on care services and the financial pressures currently facing local authorities, we have drawn on the annual survey of social care budgets carried out by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). This is based on responses from 145 of the 152 local authorities with adult social care responsibilities.