Blogs

Volunteering to care for people with Ebola – Jane Cummings

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England has recorded a video blog thanking volunteers who have been out to Sierra Leone to care for people with Ebola. In her video Jane also appeals to skilled nurses who have experience of caring for acutely ill people to consider going out to West Africa as a volunteer. […]

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Taking care of your experience – Neil Churchill

A lot of things matter to patients and carers. Indeed, your experience of care is affected by the sum total of everything that happens to you, from making an appointment to receiving the right aftercare. But some things matter more than others. Today marks the launch of a new agreement across national health and care […]

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GPs have a vital care home dementia role – Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, teams up with two GP colleagues, Maggie Keeble and Nick Cartmell, to give their views on improving care – including GP-led diagnosis – in care homes: I recently co-wrote a blog with Dan Harwood and Paul Twomey entitled “Don’t let care home residents slip through the […]

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Improving Transition for Children and Young People – Dr Jacqueline Cornish

Dr Jacqueline Cornish, NHS England’s National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, explains the importance of the publication of the first Service Specifications for CAMHS to Adult Mental Health and other Services: Whoever added “Transition to Adulthood” to my National Clinical Director job title when I joined NHS England was inspired. As […]

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Working together to reduce stillbirth – Jenny Hicken

Stillbirth and neonatal death have long been taboo subjects for conversation in society – nobody likes to think about babies dying, never mind talk about it. Perhaps this unwillingness by many to acknowledge that these tragic pregnancy outcomes do happen is one of the reasons why stillbirth rates have not fallen significantly in the last […]

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We need to talk about… – Martin McShane

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why we must ask patients the right questions and not let them suffer in silence: Domain 2 of the NHS outcomes framework is about ‘enhancing the quality of life for people with long term conditions’ and, as I listened to this year’s […]

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Helping you to help people with long term conditions – Martin McShane

As NHS England publishes three new handbooks to support commissioners and practitioners in planning services for people with long term conditions (LTCs), in order to achieve more effective, personalised care, Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why they are a vital new tool:  In Being Mortal, his latest […]

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The vital role for pharmacists on the front line – Dr Jill Loader

Dr Jill Loader, Assistant Head of Primary Care Commissioning (Pharmacy), looks at helping to provide better quality and resilient urgent care: Our urgent and emergency care system is stretched more than ever before. The time has come to transform the way we deliver urgent care services so they are much more accessible and better meet the […]

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Make 2015 the year we end the isolation of dementia – Nigel Acheson

Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society published a report last month highlighting how people with dementia risked feelings of isolation over the Christmas period. The numbers make stark reading – as we enter 2015 the number of people with dementia is set to top 850,000. It is estimated that by 2021 this number may […]

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Nurses, midwives and behaviour change – Jane Cummings

Nurses and midwives have the privilege of working in close partnership with patients and their families, carers or clients. In the community, primary care or hospitals they often have not only a continuity of relationship and accessibility, but also an understanding of the context of peoples’ lives that may not be shared by doctors or […]

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