Blogs

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

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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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Better care of older people starts with communication and integration – John Young

Professor John Young is a geriatrician and National Clinical Director for the Frail Elderly and Integration, NHS England. It’s widely recognised that our health and care system is poorly configured and organised to deliver acceptable care to its majority user, older people. Older people are not a category separate from their fellow citizens. They equally […]

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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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Alistair Burns’ video blog on the ambitions for the dementia services going forward.

NHS England’s Dementia Director, Professor Alistair Burns, has posted a video blog on the ambitions for services going forward. He makes the target clear: that by next year two-thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have a diagnosis and post diagnostic support. Professor Burns explains that current rates of diagnosis are relatively […]

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NHS Change Day – An unmitigated success – Dr Damien Roland

Dr Damien Roland, Consultant and Lecturer of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, on Given the pressures of resource, expectation and scrutiny the NHS rarely gets a chance to be proud of itself. This shouldn’t be the case but often staff can feel there is little light at the end of the […]

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Commissioning for improved outcomes – Dr Paul Husselbee

Dr Paul Husselbee, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Southend CCG introduces a narrative from and for clinical commissioners about the challenges and opportunities within outcome-based commissioning: The NHS and local commissioners across England face enormous challenges – how to deliver better for less; how to protect the fundamental principle of universal healthcare free at the […]

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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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Transparency means more than just publishing data on a website – Jane Cummings

The wealth of information about our health services is greater than ever. Go onto NHS Choices or the websites of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Office of National Statistics and NHS England and you will find vast amounts of data and statistics about almost all aspects of healthcare. There is an increasing openness […]

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A revolution in mental health information – Dr Geraldine Strathdee

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, explains why new networks are so vital: The Mental Health Intelligence Networks (MHIN) represent a revolution for the services we aim to provide. Their launch represents the work of over 400 mental health experts from all sectors, including service users, public health, clinicians, academics, […]

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Father’s Day – Dominic Slowie

On Sunday morning, as I woke to two of my children jumping on the bed excitedly with cards and homemade gifts, I had cause to reflect on my own unique journey as a father. My third child, who is my first born, could not jump on the bed, had no card or gift and could […]

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