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


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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It’s time to deliver real improvements – Dr Geraldine Strathdee

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, explains why World Mental Health Day is a vital milestone: The record number of events this World Mental Health Day shows the moment has come to deliver real improvements. It is another sign that people are impatient for better prevention and more timely access […]

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From talk to action: what happens after the NHS Citizen Assembly meeting? – Olivia Butterworth, NHS England’s Head of Public Voice, Patients and Information.

WHILE voters in Scotland were deciding on their independence, the NHS Citizen team were running the first full test of a very different form of democratic participation; the NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting. This test of the Assembly was the result of 18 months of work with citizens and partners around England to design NHS Citizen. […]

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Improving opportunities for black and minority ethnic staff – Jane Cummings

England’s Chief Nursing Officer shares her thoughts on diversity issues ahead of tomorrow’s ‘Breaking Down Walls’ conference: I recently had the honour of addressing 300 student nurses, new registrants and Care Makers, all at the early stages of their nursing careers. I talked to them about my personal and professional commitment to equality and to […]

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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 right to have personal health budgets is a vital landmark – Giles Wilmore

The NHS reaches an important milestone today in its promise on personalisation – with some of the people who rely most on our services getting “the right” to have their care delivered through a personal health budget. One of the biggest challenges to the NHS is that ‘making people better’ isn’t always an option, and […]

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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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