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People have a say on the future of the NHS – Victor Adebowale

The future of the NHS lies in it belonging to the people, designing services they understand and can use requires them to be fully involved in decisions we make. To make this a reality we need to be brave about being radical. On Thursday the 18th of September the NHS England Board and senior managers […]

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Patient safety alert on risks arising from breakdown and failure to act on communication during handover at the time of discharge from secondary care

A patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England as part of its work to improve the quality and timeliness of communication with primary and social care when patients are discharged from hospital. NHS England is asking organisations for information about their current local practices and challenges that will help form a national picture […]

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NHS England praises NHS for referring more cancer patients early and calls for action to address waiting time pressures

NHS England today (Friday) praised NHS staff for referring and treating an increasing number of patients for cancer as more people step forward for treatment early. Publishing the latest statistics on cancer waiting time standards, it said a welcome rise in referrals and treatment rates had put pressure on hospitals. It announced the creation of […]

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NHS England welcomes new ‘personalised’ mental health resource

NHS England’s Clinical Director for Mental Health, Geraldine Strathdee has welcomed the launch of a new mental health resource which describes what personalised, coordinated care and support looks like. Mental health services should consider “who I am, what’s important to me, how I wish to be supported and how people behave with me” – according […]

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Bulletin for CCGs: Issue 66, 28 August 2014

Gateway Reference Number: 02181 Download the bulletin as a PDF   Contents   NHS Commissioning Assembly News: Book your place at the NHS Commissioning Assembly event Strategic issues: NHS Standard Contract 2015/16 – publication of discussion paper Operational issues – for action: Commissioning Wheelchair Services Consultation on Regulations for NHS Bodies’ Auditor Panels National Fraud […]

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NHS England sets out plan for a sustainable Cancer Drugs Fund

NHS England has today pledged a £160m boost over two years for the Cancer Drugs Fund, giving more patients access to innovative drugs not routinely available on the NHS. Two new drugs will now also be added to the Fund; enzalutamide for prostate cancer and lenalidomide for a group of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, a […]

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Specialised commissioning stakeholder newsletter: Issue 3

Publications Gateway Number: 02154 Welcome to the third edition of the Specialised Commissioning Stakeholder Newsletter This newsletter has been developed primarily to update you about the work of the specialised commissioning task force, which was established in order to make some immediate improvements to the way in which we commission specialised services, and also to […]

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Liaison and Diversion Bulletin: August 2014

Publications Gateway Reference: 02159 Download the Liaison and Diversion Bulletin: August 2014 Contents: Welcome to the monthly Liaison and Diversion (L&D) Bulletin, bringing all news and L&D updates together in one place. A key part of the L&D pathway is the referral of service users into treatment and support services provided by partner organisations. Each […]

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Review of nurses’ discussions with elderly patients over end of life care

Jane Cummings has today reacted to criticisms over the way nurses have discussed end of life care with elderly patients. Writing in a blog, England’s Chief Nursing Officer says she was disappointed at reports claiming dialogue with patients over their wishes concerning resuscitation was handled in a blunt and impersonal way. She praised the “thousands […]

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Listening to important questions – Jane Cummings

There have been disturbing accounts in the media of nurses discussing end of life care with elderly patients in a blunt and impersonal way, particularly patients’ wishes concerning resuscitation. This morning I spoke to Roy Lilley, who described the experience his mother had. It was not good, upsetting and should not have happened. As a […]

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