Blogs

Towards a new deal for people with long term conditions – Martin Routledge

The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) formally launched today at the Future of Health Conference – a major event in the Health calendar – and addressed this year by NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, following recent publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View. We want this launch to light the blue touch paper for […]

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Realising the greatest asset the NHS has – Dr Martin McShane

On the eve of the 2014 Future of Health Conference, NHS England’s Director for People with Long Term Conditions, Dr Martin McShane, explains why empowering patients is vital: I was speaking at a conference last week and was introduced to Shirley. She was speaking before me, providing the patient’s perspective. Shirley has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary […]

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Be healthy this winter – Jonathon Hope

To mark Self Care Week and its theme this year of “Self Care for Life – Be Healthy This Winter”, Jonathon Hope shares his self-care experience of living long term with renal disease. Fortunately, for most of us, the practical side of winter self-care is pretty straightforward:   Putting a little money aside for the extra […]

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Antimicrobial resistance – a real threat to the future of healthcare – Mike Durkin

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, writes about antimicrobial resistance and what needs to be done to respond to this threat to the future of global healthcare. Each year, 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an annual continent-wide initiative to raise awareness of how to use […]

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We must all champion for mental health care – Dr Geraldine Strathdee

This week I have the privilege of meeting a group of Local Government mental health champions. Along with thousands of other councillors across the country they see the impact of poor mental health first hand. The champions are keen to improve the prevention and treatment of psychological illness and to work with NHS commissioners who […]

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Why mental health care for children and young people is such an urgent priority – Dr Jacqueline Cornish

I was delighted to co-chair the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) National Conference with two amazing young sessional workers from the Great Involvement, Future Thinking (GIFT) team, Jude and Charlotte. The conference brought over 300 delegates from our 82 CYP IAPT partnerships, sharing learning about how to improve the […]

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The NHS gets personal – Dr Raj Mitra

A group of people with complex, long term health conditions recently gained the ‘right to have’ their care delivered through a Personal Health Budget. Adults who are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare and children in receipt of continuing care can now ask their CCG for more control over how they manage their chronic health needs […]

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Support not statistics – Alistair Burns

As the UK Dementia Congress is staged in Brighton this week Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, explains why providing post diagnostic support to everyone with dementia and their carers is essential: Dementia currently has a high profile. Never more so than in the last few weeks with the Care Quality Commission […]

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Making a difference to the lives of people who need wheelchairs – Rosamond Roughton

My Voice, My Wheelchair, My Life is a campaign to transform wheelchair services for users and their families. Ahead of a second wheelchair summit later this month, the NHS England lead for the improvement programme, Rosamond Roughton, Director of NHS Commissioning, talks about why it’s so important we get involved. For me, the journey started […]

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