John Holden

The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 33rd update – John Holden

Your feedback We are keen to encourage as many people as possible to share their views with us through the consultation process: we have been asked about the deadline for returning responses: further information can be found here. Our independent analysts (Dialogue by Design) will analyse the responses we have received to consultation during January […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 32nd update – John Holden

Your feedback We’ve been asked about our approach to consultation materials in languages other than English. ‘This has been a difficult question for us to resolve.  It is a sensitive issue, and of course we want to make our work accessible, but we do not have limitless funds to cover every eventuality so we have made a conscious decision not to commission translations “just in case” they […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 31st update – John Holden

The launch of consultation On Monday 15 September NHS England launched twelve weeks of consultation on draft standards and service specifications for congenital heart disease (CHD) services. This will run until 5pm on Friday 8 December. The following materials are available on our dedicated consultation web-pages. a consultation document, introducing the standards and specifications and […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 30th update – John Holden

To those of you who have been on holiday – welcome back, I hope you had an enjoyable break. In the CHD review team we have packed away our flip-flops and our attention is now focused entirely on the remaining things we have to do prior to the launch of 12 weeks’ consultation on standards […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 29th update – John Holden

Your feedback We have been asked how, in our analysis of CHD activity, we have taken account of specific factors that may affect future demand for CHD services. Over the last year, we have spoken to clinicians and to our advisory groups, read the relevant literature, and carried out some statistical analysis to shed light […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 28th update – John Holden

It’s a short blog this week, reflecting the fact that there have not been lots of meetings, with all the associated paperwork that is the staple diet of the usual blog. Instead, we have been focused on preparing for the 25 July 2014 event which brings together all our engagement and advisory groups; developing a […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 27th update – John Holden

Your feedback We’ve been asked about feedback from the Trust visits (led by Professor Deirdre Kelly, at the invitation of the Clinicians’ Group) and whether there will be a write-up on individual units. The answer is that we will not publish any commentary on individual units, nor will we use the visits to drive decisions […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 26th update – John Holden

Your feedback We had a lively discussion at our Patient & Public Group Meeting on 13 June 2014, which began with a robust challenge from some attendees about current quality in surgical units, the accessibility of public & patient meetings, and the nature and breadth of our planned consultation. This sort of encounter can be […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 25th update – John Holden

Your feedback From time to time we are challenged as to whether the review has a pre-determined outcome. Some think we have already decided that one or more units have to close, and that we know which ones. Others think that we have already decided that no units will close, come what may. The truth […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 24th update – John Holden

Your feedback Thank you for your continuing support and feedback. We are very conscious that the success of this review relies on active engagement from all its stakeholders, some of whom – I know – feel that it wasn’t needed in the first place, or should have been resolved sooner. We have now almost completed […]

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