NHS England blogs – please note that the opinions expressed in these blogs are the authors’ own views, and not necessarily those of NHS England.


Don’t let care home residents slip through the dementia net – Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director, has teamed up with two Dementia Ambassadors, Dan Harwood and Paul Twomey, to give their views on improving diagnosis in care homes – why, and how to do it: Around three- quarters of people living in residential and nursing homes have dementia. Some residents will have been assessed […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 36th update – John Holden

Your feedback Our consultation on draft standards and service specifications closed on Monday 8 December, and we’ve received more than 500 responses, which are currently being analysed. We will say more about the next steps, and likely timetable, in the new year.  Thank you to everyone who has responded. Patients, families and their representatives The next […]

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Caring for young carers: How are things – Jane Cummings

The, Chief Nursing Officer for England, reflects on young carers and the challenges they face. I recently had the privilege of attending and speaking at an event with carers. As part of my speech I pledged that: ‘I, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, pledge to work with young carers Hannah and Ambeya to […]

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The innovations challenge to Primary Care – Dr Robert Varnam

The Five Year Forward View recognises the vital role which primary care plays at the heart of the NHS. It also outlines the need for improvement and innovation, including an ambition to improve access and deliver care which is more personalised, proactive and coordinated. It’s therefore a privilege to be supporting the 20 pilots in […]

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Reflections on Pressure Ulcer November – Dr Ruth May

The issue is pressure ulcers and the impact of them on patients, families, carers, staff and organisations is huge. The lifestyle of a person who has suffered a pressure ulcer is changed forever, their ability to lead a pain-free, risk-free life in the future, affected. The focus we placed on pressure ulcer prevention and management […]

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It’s not just about the money – Manda Williamson

In the latest in our series of blogs focussing on Personal Health Budgets, Manda Williamson, Director of Positive Opportunities for Wellbeing (POW), a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Devon, explains her motivation for supporting people to access PHBs. It’s a question I both dread and, sometimes, look forward to trying to answer: “What do […]

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Meeting the dementia challenge of an ageing population – Dr Richard Sweeney

Harrogate and Rural District CCG is small, with a population of just under 160,000, but it is challenged by a relatively elderly population and has twice the national average of Elderly Care Home beds. The result is an estimated prevalence of dementia of 1.7 per cent of the population compared with a national average of […]

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Child Protection – Information Sharing system: Beyond technology – Hilary Garratt

Hilary Garratt, NHS England Director of Nurse Commissioning and Health Improvement, reflects on the launch today of the Child Protection – Information Sharing system. We have been talking about developing shared information systems to protect vulnerable children well before I was a practicing health visitor back in 1989. It has now happened and I was delighted […]

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