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


Moving person centred care from the margins to the mainstream – Dr Katie Coleman

As the NHS Commissioning Assembly annual event gets underway in London, Dr Katie Coleman, a GP and Vice-Chair of Islington CCG, explains how person centred care can become a reality: Sir William Osler, the renowned Canadian physician, led nineteenth century thinking on what became known as the ‘patient as a person’ movement. This was a […]

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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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Post diagnostic support in dementia – Professor Alistair Burns

Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, gives his views on support for people with dementia and their carers. Being diagnosed with dementia is the start of a life changing journey, and that’s why it’s so important that we reach our ambition of increasing correctly diagnosing dementia in more people, and putting in […]

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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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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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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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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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Commissioning for quality: views from commissioners – Dr Paul Husselbee

A new interactive web resource has been launched to support CCGs on commissioning high quality services that deliver improved outcomes for patients. Dr Paul Husselbee, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Southend CCG gives his view: “High quality care for all, now and for future generations” – This is the very least the public deserves from […]

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