Blogs

Putting patient safety reports at the heart of safe care in General Practice – Dr Martyn Diaper

As NHS England launches a new reporting e-form specifically developed for GP staff, Martyn Diaper, NHS England’s Head of Patient Safety (Primary Care), and a practising GP, explains the importance of reporting in patient safety. Since the NHS’ national patient safety incident database – the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) – was launched over a […]

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Experiencing culture – Jane Cummings

The five millionth piece of feedback has been gathered from the Friends and Family Test (FFT). Surveys, FFT, patient opinion websites, patient and carer feedback all play a part in helping us see care from the perspective of patients, their families and carers. I want to focus on three areas where I think there is more […]

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Care in the future: functions and form – Dr Martin McShane

NHS England’s Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, Dr Martin McShane, is among the speakers at the Future of the NHS Conference 2015 being held in Manchester. Here he examines how care must change to cope with a growing and ageing population: Let’s consider some facts… Before the age of 40, currently, the population […]

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The honour of compassionate care – Jane Cummings

I am proud to be part of a profession which connects with individuals, families and communities at times of joy in their lives, as well as vulnerable and difficult times. Our profession plays a vital role in the life of the nation. It is an honour and a privilege to provide compassionate care in busy, […]

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The ABC of Dementia – Alistair Burns

Professor Alistair Burns is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia. Here he explores the challenges and opportunities doctors can face in caring for patients with dementia. Dementia is a challenge for everyone. It affects about 800,000 people in the UK, a number which is set to double in the next thirty years. The number […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 38th update – John Holden

Nature abhors a vacuum, so I try to keep blogging regularly, in case you think we have gone away or eased up on the work of the review.   We haven’t. But there really is not a lot to report this week in terms of meetings or public notices…… Your feedback We have resumed the pattern […]

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A defining moment in mental health care – Dr Geraldine Strathdee

The introduction of the access and waiting time standards for mental health marks the start of a new era in England’s mental health services and in its healthcare system. It is the start of the end of the low levels of access to effective care and treatments for so many people who live their lives in […]

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