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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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Experience matters: Yours, mine, ours – Jane Cummings

It was Winston Churchill who said, “The further back you can look, the further forward you are likely to see.” For me, the year since my CNO Summit of November 2013 has been shaped by my experiences as a nurse, professional lead, patient and someone whose family members have needed care. More than 30 years […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 35th update – John Holden

Your feedback We continue to receive your feedback to the consultation and welcome your comments.   Although the “road show” has finished, the consultation period continues until 5pm on 8 December and we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to share their views with us; further details are available here.  More information about the […]

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Realising the greatest asset the NHS has – Dr Martin McShane

On the eve of the 2014 Future of Health Conference, NHS England’s Director for People with Long Term Conditions, Dr Martin McShane, explains why empowering patients is vital: I was speaking at a conference last week and was introduced to Shirley. She was speaking before me, providing the patient’s perspective. Shirley has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary […]

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Antimicrobial resistance – a real threat to the future of healthcare – Mike Durkin

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, Dr Mike Durkin, NHS England’s Director of Patient Safety, writes about antimicrobial resistance and what needs to be done to respond to this threat to the future of global healthcare. Each year, 18 November marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an annual continent-wide initiative to raise awareness of how to use […]

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Support not statistics – Alistair Burns

As the UK Dementia Congress is staged in Brighton this week Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, explains why providing post diagnostic support to everyone with dementia and their carers is essential: Dementia currently has a high profile. Never more so than in the last few weeks with the Care Quality Commission […]

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The pressures of November – Jane Cummings

As we prepare for the winter months and the demands they can bring for the NHS, nurses and health care assistants, we need to continue doing all that we can to avoid unnecessary re-admissions to hospital and eliminate harm to our patients and service users as we continue to strive to deliver the best possible […]

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The new Congenital Heart Disease review: 34th update – John Holden

Your feedback We’ve had a query about the data we use to understand activity levels for CHD, and whether we include private patients, or those from the Republic of Ireland, etc. It seems there is some misunderstanding about this, so to help explain our approach we’ve produced a short note which you can read here. […]

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